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Autumn Limited Edition Collection

by on November 6th, 2017

Canton Head of Tea, Ali shares her delight at launching our new Limited Edition Collection and reveals why she chose these 6 very special teas.

 

I am so pleased to introduce to you our final Limited Edition collection of 2017, and my personal favourite of the year. It features gorgeous teas picked during the summer and autumn, along with a couple of special spring teas that I just could not resist including.

In late summer and early autumn we look forward to the second flush in Assam and Darjeeling and new Wuyi Rock Oolongs come onto the market after a period of resting. The flavours are intense, dark and rich, a... Read more

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3 Festive Tea Cocktail Recipes

by on October 20th, 2017

Whilst we love drinking our tea in the conventional way, there's more to our trusted tea leaves then just adding hot water. And with the festive period looming ever closer, we're starting to get into the celebrating spirit. To accompany our newly launched Home Cocktail Bundle, we have tried and tested these 3 simple to shake tea cocktails.

 

Canton Chai

 
Spiced Chai Whiskey
Whilst Chai tastes delicious on it's own, its aromatic flavours of ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, peppercorns and cardamom are even better when infused as a cocktail. This simple recipe is easy to make at home, and will have you charming your guests throughout the festive season.

 
To make enough cocktails... Read more

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Shinichiro Hashiguchi’s Contemporary Tea Rooms

by on August 31st, 2017

Earlier this Summer, Canton founder Jennifer Wood and head of tea, Alice were invited to give a Genmaicha tasting at the Tanabata Festival. The event was hosted at Kew Gardens and run by Japan House and The Japan Society, and celebrated Japan's ancient summer star festival. Amongst the origami workshops, traditional tea ceremonies and vibrant theatrical performances stood a beautiful installation of an open weave tea room designed by renowned Japanese architect, Shinichiro Hashiguchi.

Shinichiro Hashiguchi

 

Shinichiro Hashiguchi is a Japanese born architect who places his focus on traditional Japanese crafts, whilst continuing to present the universally admired Japanese tea ceremony rooms. He has a number of great masterpieces, which reimagine Japanese traditions... Read more

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Introducing the Yellow Sprig Dan Cong

by on June 29th, 2017

One of the real heroes of our 2017 Spring Limited Edition Collection is the Yellow Sprig Dan Cong, an oolong from the Phoenix Mountains with a long and fascinating history, which undergoes an extraordinary transformation from tea bush to cup.

 

The Yellow Sprig Dan Cong is a precious and amazingly flavoursome tea, which is why there was no question whether it would have a place in this year’s spring collection! While thousands of varieties of oolong exist, few compare when it comes to the Yellow Sprig’s intense flavours that assault the senses over and over.  Its tiny leaves are picked from just ten 200 year-old tea trees that grow on the... Read more

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Introducing Canton Limited Edition

by on May 16th, 2017

I am so excited to introduce the Canton Tea Limited Edition range. Our curated mini collections showcasing the best of the tea seasons from all over the tea producing world. Direct sourced fresh from the garden: extreme artisan, premium grade, rare, wild or just bloody delicious (always bloody delicious).
The Spring Collection features extreme artisan teas from China and our Himalayan Heroes from Darjeeling and Nepal - handpicked and handmade in March and April 2017. The Summer collection which launches later in the year will showcase the best of island-grown teas - featuring emerald hued green teas from Japan, silky high mountain oolongs from Taiwan and even an extremely rare Hawaiian... Read more

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From Poppies to Roses: A Short History of our Organic Rosebuds

by on February 27th, 2017

Up until the late 1970s the Lalehzar Valley in Iran was a difficult place to make a living. Farmers grew subsistence crops and supplemented their income by growing opium poppies illegally for heroin production - at 10,000ft atop the Iranian Plateau the arid climate is suitable for little else.

1500 farmers grow roses in the Lalehzar Valley

Production of rose water in other parts of Iran dates back over 2 millennia; so when Homayoun Sanati inherited land in the valley he had the idea to cultivate Damask roses for this purpose. After planting an experimental field of roses the Iranian Revolution happened and Mr Sanati (who by day worked as a... Read more

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Ali Shan: Mountain of the Month

by on December 6th, 2016

 



Crawling up the mountain on the Ali Shan Forest Railway, at points it feels like we might topple over the edge or the old engine might just give up. After two and a half hours of slow ascent through lush forest we finally reach the tiny station of Jiaoliping. Clearly few people ever stop here; there is a lone station manager and a few dogs resting in the shade (also a giant spider the size of a man’s hand which I notice in its web above us). Other than that the village seems to be empty. We’re met by Mr Chiu, who points out his tea fields which are about... Read more

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Tea of the Month: Keemun Red

by on November 7th, 2016

November's tea of the month is the rich and warming Keemun Red. It's new for the season, and totally delicious - the perfect accompaniment to chilly wintery nights by the fire. Because is important to know about teas, and about health, to keep your body clean, you can read more about it at Top9rated health reviews 2017.

 
Keemun red is a black tea whose wet leaf appearance and aroma is reminiscent of bark chipping after a thunderstorm, with whisper of honey sweetness.  The flavour profile is sweet and woody with a hint of smokiness with a satisfying soupy, coating mouthfeel. We use filtered water and water coolers.



Keemun Red Dry and Wet... Read more

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Two very special Darjeelings

Two First Flush Darjeelings: a Comparison

by on October 10th, 2016

This year we have brought back two favourites from the Tea Club to feature in our seasonal tea range. Tara’s Offering and Spring Blossom - two exceptional Darjeelings from the Samabeong Estate. Both are First Flush, both are from the same garden; but each has its own distinctive character. Our Head of Tea Ali has done a comparative tasting of the teas for us. 
If you would like to taste along, we're offering you £5 off when you buy one each of the two Darjeelings. Use code SAMABEONG at the checkout. 
 

Ali writes:

One of the perks of working at a tea company is getting to taste hundreds and hundreds of different teas... Read more

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Jingdezhen – the birthplace of porcelain

by on October 4th, 2016

We are delighted this week to welcome friend of Canton and CHAYOU tea house founder, James Thirlwall, as guest blogger.

Here he shares his experience from a recent trip to Jingdezen, the "Porcelain Capital" of China

James:

Jingdezhen - in northeast Jiangxi, is a mecca for all lovers of tea and its most delicate and beautiful vessel - porcelain.

Lying on the southern banks of the Chang river, this ancient town formerly known as Changnan saw production of early ceramics begin in the Han Dynasty (206BC - 220 AD) continuing all the way up to the present day as it remains a centre for the finest porcelain in the world.

I travelled to Jingdezhen earlier... Read more

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