One of my favourite things about living in the UK is that you all love a cup of tea. I am a massive tea fan too although not your usual mug of builder’s tea, instead I love the delicate flavours of fruit, herb and green tea to keep me going each day.
You can imagine how excited I was when JING Tea got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to try their tea infusions. Straight away I said yes as I love to try new flavours and it turned out to be a much more amazing experience than I could have guessed. I know this sounds a bit strange, so let me explain what I mean. JING’s mission is to inspire the world to enjoy tea at it’s best. They have a Head of Tea, (I would love that job!) who spends a lot of time travelling around Asia every year, tasting thousands of teas and building relationships with tea growers because they buy directly from these farmers.
Once they have the best tea available, they also make bespoke teaware to help you get the best from each cup. An example of the care that is put into this is that their glass is hand-blown and takes 5-days to complete each piece. They want to make each cup a ‘meditative moment’ because they believe that tea is a vehicle to mindfulness and has been for thousands of years. I love anything that encourages us to take a few minutes out of our busy lives, so I set out the tea-iere, tea glass and tea timer so I could experience it for myself. Then I selected the tea I fancied and put the kettle on. You need only 1 tbsp of tea to each cup and then infuse it for 3 minutes (or you can use their tea timer) in the beautiful tea-iere or according to your taste. Make sure it is near-boiling water, not boiled. So for herbals, you’re looking at 95, but for whites and greens, these typically need water at around 80-degrees. If you don’t have a temp-controlled kettle, you can just add 20% cold water at the beginning J This is the main reason people think they don’t like green tea – boiling water makes it taste bitter. With the correct temperature, though, it can be sweet, delicate and delicious.
JING sent me 3 different teas – peppermint, whole rose buds and sencha. The peppermint tea uses whole peppermint leaves tea and honestly, trust me when I say you can taste the difference between your usual bag of peppermint tea and Jing’s peppermint tea. Think fresh mint tea flavours with a clean finish.
The rose bud tea is really pretty and has a very delicate, light taste. It looks so beautiful in the tea-tiere and takes drinking tea to another level. It’s almost like a ritual because I’m taking time in the day to relax and unwind. I thoroughly enjoyed it every little sip. I wouldn’t normally sweeten my tea, but I imagine a drop of honey would make it taste even more heavenly. Finally, the Sencha is a whole leaf Japanese green tea that is rich and velvety with a hint of sweetness at the end. If you are a fan of green tea like me, then this is one you must try.
I would never have thought about enjoying a simple cup of tea this way, so I am really happy that JING Tea shared this experience with me. If you lovely readers already drink green and white tea because of their health benefits, or you want to try different types of herbal tea to enjoy a drink without caffeine, then I can’t recommend JING Tea enough. You don’t have to buy the whole glass set to start off with, just buy some of the loose leaf tea and a tea strainer you can pick up from your local supermarket. Even just tasting the difference between loose leaf and teabags will be a world of difference in your cup.
If you’d like to find out more about JING Tea then you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you make any of their tea then tag it with #ATasteOfClarity and #HediHearts so we can both see which one you have picked. This is a whole new way to experience your cup of tea and although you might not be able to do it every day, you will enjoy tea in a brand new way every time you do.