At TEALEAVES we source our teas and botanicals from the world’s tier-1 gardens. The fuller the leaves, the more robust and complex the palate. Whether from a single-estate or a combination, we carefully source to curate blends that are the very best expression of terroir. We bring the finest teas, flowers and herbs to our blending center, and meticulously cup out each ingredient, searching for the ultimate palate and nuanced complexity. The best harvests are sent to us as samples.
To make the perfect cup of tea, please refer to the back of each tin for steeping instructions!
We have been the blender of choice for five-star hotels and Michelin chefs worldwide. And now, you. Blending is at the core of our philosophy. We have earned our global reputation for skillfully pairing teas and botanicals to craft the ultimate palate experience. Our approach to blending is not limited to teas and botanicals. With deep-rooted values in craftsmanship, innovation and art & beauty, we blend techniques, stories, people, companies and ideas. The goal: to inspire connections and creativity, on the search for the ultimate lifestyle.
AROMA: Hint of citrus. PALATE: Spicy with citrus notes. NOTES: High energy and high caffeine. This Earl Grey, blended in honour of the Russian tradition, uses the rind of the spicy bergamot orange to give the blend its exotic temperament.
During the 17th century, tea was carried to Russia along with other luxuries from China via camel caravans over the Gobi Desert. These Russian caravan teas inspired the custom of taking tea with a slice of lemon, initially done to brighten the dusty flavour of the well-traveled tea. This custom evolved into a Russian appreciation for teas with a citrus character. Tea was introduced to Russia in 1618, when the Czar Alexis received a gift of Chinese tea from a Mongolian prince. Tea enjoyed immediate success at court and was brought to Moscow among the first shipments of spices, jewels, and silks from Beijing via camel caravans over the Gobi Desert. In 1689, the Trade Treaty of Newchinsk established a common border between China and Russia, allowing trade caravans to cross freely. The trade caravans, consisting of over 200 camels, took over sixteen months to cross the 11,000 miles between Moscow and Beijing. As a result, the cost of tea in Russia was high and the beverage was only drunk by the upper classes. It was not until the 19th century that tea was adopted by the country as its favourite drink, second only to vodka.
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