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Jekka McVicar

Jekka’s Modern Apothecary garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

by on May 23rd, 2016

Jekka McVicar, herb grower, RHS Ambassador and Canton Tea partner, has been exhibiting at Chelsea Flower Show since 1993. This year, she designed a show garden, an honour bestowed on only the top designers. Her theme this year is a Modern Apothecary, designed for St John’s Hospice.

 

Our own history with Jekka McVicar is intertwined with Chelsea Flower Show. Three years ago we launched our collaborative herbal infusion collection there, and in 2014 Jekka created English Summer Garden in celebration of the show, blending herbs and flowers commonly grown in an English garden to evoke the English summer in a teacup.

 

Jekka McVicar with Canton Directors Edgar and Jennifer - raising... Read more

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Interview with Red Roof cafe

by on May 19th, 2016

This month I spoke with Gareth, owner of the Red Roof cafe on the Isle of Skye, one of the most northerly spots you can order a pot of Canton Tea.

 

Tell us a little about Red Roof cafe
The Red Roof is a cafe at the end of a windy, dead-end single track road in the north west of the Isle of Skye. We’re primarily a cafe that serves high quality tea, coffee, home baking and lunches, but we also love to display the work of local artists and have live traditional music events.

 

It’s a mad place for a cafe….so we’re always delighted when people make the drive to come and... Read more

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Why buy tea direct?

by on May 5th, 2016

A spotlight on the Glenburn Estate and why it is so important to buy direct.

 

Alongside Kate's guest blog earlier this week on the new Peach Blossom tea, whilst working at the Glenburn Estate Kate also explored the ethics behind sourcing tea. Here, she explains why it’s so important to buy direct.

 

Kate: Let’s start with a conundrum: last year 40 million kilograms of “Darjeeling tea” was sold worldwide. But here is a fact: Darjeeling’s yearly production is 8 to 9 million kilograms of tea. Something is definitely afoot here.

 

Anshuman and Husna-Tara Prakash, owners of Glenburn tea estate, explain it to me. You may know that, like Champagne, or Melton Mowbray, Darjeeling Tea... Read more

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Tasting Moonshine with expert Nibir

Glenburn Estate Peach Blossom Darjeeling

by on May 4th, 2016

This week at Canton is an exciting one, as we have had three beautiful First Flush Darjeeling teas arrive from the Glenburn Tea Estate.

Kate, former member of the Canton team, is currently working at the Glenburn Estate. So for this blog post, I’m going to pass you over to Kate to explain what makes the Glenburn Estate Peach Blossom, one of the three new teas, truly special.

 

Kate: The more I learn about tea, the more I realise there is so much more to learn about tea. Having started as a complete tea novice and worked with Canton for the past 5 years, there's something that always draws me back to... Read more

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Canton Tea at The Old Vic

by on March 14th, 2016

We are very proud to have Canton Tea served in Penny, the cafe at the Old Vic Theatre, London and delighted to have provided some tea for the cast and company of The Master Builder, starring Ralph Fiennes.​


The tea we provided at the launch was our Original Lapsang Souchong as the play alludes to a house that burnt down down and this rare tea has ​the authentic ​smoky notes. It​'​s made on a very small scale in Tong Mu, the village deep in the mountains of a UNESCO protected site where the tea was invented 400 years ago. The tea bushes grow among hills​ ​where monkeys and bears still roam, it is... Read more

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Organic Wild Rooibos

Wild Teas and Wild Herbs from Remote Regions

by on August 28th, 2015

We love wild grown teas, from the amazing stories of tea pickers trekking up steep mountains to abandoned tea farms left to grow untamed for decades, to learning how traditional practices of wild harvesting and foraging still support entire communities. Wild grown teas and herbal tisanes are thrilling to discover and drink.

 

Many wild teas and herbal tisanes have developed completely naturally, and entirely uncultivated. Other ‘wild’ teas are not completely wild – they come from once-established tea farms which have been long abandoned, sometimes for many decades. A farm may have been abandoned by an owner who decided to desert its remote location to find work in a city, or... Read more

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Getting to know Tea Master Michihiko Nishimura

by on July 30th, 2015

Getting to know Tea Master Michihiko Nishimura, a blender at Dobashien, the most famous and prestigious tea shop in Tokyo. He has blended our new Dobashien Gyokuro.

 

"Although I am a blender, I have actually never taken the "kanteishi" exam. The kanteishi is run by the kanteishi association, an organization that organizes evaluation (tasting) competitions and those who are in the upper ranks of each competition go on to train more and be certified. You don't need this certification to be a judge in industry tea competitions in Japan. The organization also certifies Japanese tea instructors and Japanese tea advisors to help with the promotion of Japanese tea.

 

The more traditional term used is "chashi"... Read more

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Rider's Revival Moor Beer jasmine green tea infused pale ale

Tea-infused pale ale: Moor Beer Interview

by on July 2nd, 2015

Bristol brewery Moor Beer Co have created a beer for our customer in common, café/bar/bicycle workshop Look Mum No Hands (LMNH). The beer is in celebration of the Tour de France, and for this Moor wanted to add an extra dimension to their popular Revival pale ale. After a tasting session, they decided to infuse it with Canton's Jasmine Pearls, resulting in Rider's Revival.

 

We spoke to Justin at Moor about the process of creating this tea-infused beer.

 

Moor Beer's Justin and Canton's Edgar enjoying Rider's Revival

 

 Where did the idea originate to produce a tea-infused beer?

 

We’ve been working with LMNH a long time and were discussing brewing a beer with them... Read more

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Two remarkable Darjeeling tea gardens

by on June 16th, 2015

Our new Canton Darjeeling is a blend of Second Flush Darjeelings from Potong and Seeyok, two of our favourite gardens.

 

While many tea connoisseurs enjoy a good First Flush, some of them prefer the more robust flavour of Second Flush Darjeeling. The dryness and astringency of Darjeeling First Flush teas completely changes during the Second Flush as the bushes stabilise and release more of their characteristic flavour. Second Flush teas are much more rounded, with an amber liquor and a complex mix of flavours. The classic ‘muscatel’ description of Second Flush refers to a very specific floral aroma and sweet flavour found in Muscat grapes. It appears fleetingly in tea, but... Read more

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Canton Tea and Pesticides

by on May 28th, 2015

How Canton Tea is guaranteed to be safe

 

GREENPEACE REPORT ON PESTICIDES

In August 2014, Greenpeace published a damning report on the level of pesticides found in tea exported from China and India by big, well known brands. What they found was shocking – many of the teas contained hazardous banned chemicals and dangerous toxins. They found that ‘over half of the samples contained pesticides that are ‘unapproved’ for use in tea cultivation or which were present in excess of the recommended limits’. They even found DDT, which has been banned from agriculture in India since 1989.

 

The use of illegal and high levels of pesticides puts the tea workers at risk: ‘it... Read more

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