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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. We have our flowers delivered from Clear Lake TX.


Jekka... 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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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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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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Glenburn Estate Darjeeling

by on April 13th, 2015

 The Glenburn Estate


Glenburn is a prestigious Darjeeling Estate nestled in the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga. Originally founded by a Scottish company in 1859, it now belongs to one of India's pioneering tea planting families – The Prakashes (who also happen to own the Khonghea Estate in Assam). Glenburn Estate is 758 hectares in total, 285 of which is dedicated to tea; the rest is covered by forests, rivers, 8 villages, 3 schools and 1 hospitals. Like most estates in Darjeeling, Glenburn grows large volumes of China varietal black orthodox teas. However, in recent years they have started making speciality teas such as whites, greens and oolongs and also started to... Read more

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The story behind our new award-winning Khongea Assam Gold

by on March 25th, 2015

Why did we choose it?


Tea buyer Ali explains:

“In the last few months we have begun to expand and improve our offering of Indian teas and are building relationships with some really fantastic gardens in Assam and Darjeeling. After tasting Khongea’s teas it was apparent that these were some special Assams, and we knew we just had to have the Khongea Assam Gold! Khongea is a fantastic estate producing some really interesting teas; we are already planning on buying lots more this year.”


Sudhir Prakash, Chairman of Khongea and the Glenburn Estate in Darjeeling, states:

"If Darjeeling tea is referred to as the Champagne of tea, then a good quality Assam garden such... Read more

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Chinese New Year Traditions

by on February 18th, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year! 2015 is the Year of the Goat. 
People born in the year of the goat (also known as the year of the sheep) are considered to have calm and gentle personalities, with delicate thoughts, a great level of creativity, and a strong sense of justice. They are blessed with particularly good health, and their lucky colours are green, red and purple.
Here are some Chinese New Year customs and traditions in photos.

It is common to hang numerous colourful lanterns at Chinese New Year. They decorate streets, marketplaces, houses and landmarks.

Fireworks are set off both to celebrate the New Year, and to drive away evil. The first person to... Read more

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Customer Feedback Survey Results 2015

by on February 13th, 2015

The response to our recent feedback survey was fantastic - from glowing reviews to tough-love criticism, it will all help to make us a better company.


These are some of the highlights:

96% Happy with delivery time of their order
98% Find our checkout process easy to use
98% Are happy with the quality of our tea & teaware
98% Would order from Canton Tea again
98.5% Find our website easy to use
99% Would recommend Canton Tea Co to others


There were also a number of common themes, queries and requests that cropped up. Here are some of them - and our plans on how to address... Read more

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