The UK Loose Leaf Tea Company is based in London and was founded by Martin Birkhead. After a trip to India Martin spent time tasting te...May 22, 2016
A PERFECT BREW - THE UK LOOSE LEAF TEA COMPANY
The UK Loose Leaf Tea Company is based in London and was founded by Martin Birkhead. After a trip to India Martin spent time tasting teas, directly from growers, and an idea was born. Combining the experiences from his trip and a growing frustration with the UK tea market, he decided to set-up his own company, selling ethically sourced teas.
It is through the company’s ‘quality comes first’ philosophy that ensures a high standard of tea for the consumer. The company also deals directly with the wholesalers and farmers, which means a fair price for all. These hand-rolled teas are farmed sustainably and the website lists which teas are grown organically. They also stock tea brewing accessories and a selection of hot chocolates and gift sets.
I was kindly sent a selection of teas to try which included Darjeeling selection, Oolong, Gunpowder and Peach Garden. It is the latter than I will be discussing here today.
The tea features a wonderful variety of summer-infused ingredients such as apple, rosehip peel, apricot, marigold petals, almond, rose petals and rooibos and hibiscus. This selection is punctuated with a hit of Bourbon Vanilla which makes the overall smell heavenly. The ingredient pieces are colourful and release a vibrant red when brewed, which takes 5-8 minutes. I brewed mine for 7 minutes and found the taste and temperature to be cool and refreshing.
This caffeine-free tea is a perfectly uplifting blend that brings together all the ingredients perfectly. The powerful flavour of the apple is complemented by the cinnamon and the subtle hints of apple. It is the apricot that is the real stand out star though, as it punches through to leave you with a powerfully sweet after taste.
I would highly recommend this tea.