From our traditional English Breakfast to Gunpowder and everything in between, there isn’t an occasion that we can’t find to drink a cup of our favourite tea. To say we Brits have had a long-time love affair with the drink would be far from the truth. Despite the passion we have for it, a lot of us don’t really know much about different the types of tea; when best to drink it and what benefits they have for us. With the help of Beatons’ Tea Ambassador, Harry, we’ve put together a list of our teas that we recommend you try!
Aside from our classics, English Breakfast and Beatons Brew, we recommend trying our Assam and Non-Such Bop. While the Assam has a more malty and jammy-like flavour and Non-Such Bop has a lighter and more orange blossom like flavour, both are full bodied black teas that are best brewed for 5 minutes. As well as this, both teas share a moderate level of caffeine, perfect to give you a kick start to your day.
To accompany your sweet treats in the afternoon, we recommend Darjeeling and our Ceylon teas. Darjeeling is also known as the ‘Champagne of Teas’, as it very much suits the flavours of a Cream Tea. Best served without milk, Darjeeling has a delicate flavour as well as a subtle astringency with classic muscatel character. Ceylon like Darjeeling is a great compliment to sweet cakes. A medium-bodied tea but with a full astringent, refreshing and lively flavour.
For the evening, when you just want to unwind and relax, we suggest nothing more than a pot of Jasmine Blossom. This green tea has a delicately sweet and fruity taste with a floral scent. With a low caffeine content, it’s perfect to enjoy in the evening without the worry of it keeping you up through the night. Should you like your tea sweet, with Jasmine Blossom we suggest adding honey rather than sugar; it’s also best served without milk!Many of our teas are high in antioxidants, meaning they provide lots of health benefits to us. Some of the things our teas and teas in general are known to provide aid in and help prevent are heart disease, strokes and cancers. Whether you drink black tea, green tea or white tea determines which benefits you’ll receive. Green tea is notorious for lowing the chance of cognitive impairment, as well as calming digestive issues; while red tea is naturally caffeine free and low in tannins, meaning it doesn’t interfere in the absorption of nutrients such as iron. So not only does tea taste great, it does great things too!
Alongside the teas recommended above, here are some more slightly less known teas we believe you should try.
Dong Ding Oolong - A light bodied Oolong tea with a refreshing and smooth light taste and a slight hint of peach flavour.
White Peony – A light bodied special White Tea, hand made Orthodox style. An exotic, yet light and delicate floral perfume flavour, infamous of Kenyan Teas.
Matcha Genmaicha – A low bodied Green Tea originating in Japan. Matcha has a naturally sweet, toasty flavour with vegetative green freshness and is great for energising you despite the low caffeine content.
Don’t forget that we are also now selling a selection of our teas, some of which we’ve spoken about above. They’re perfect as a gift or to enjoy your favourite Beatons Tea at home, ask a member of the team for more information.
Emily Hoskins Jones