Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tetley Malaysia @ The Art of Tea Blending by Sebastian Michaelis

Hello tea lovers, are you here?
Tetley, a Britain's iconic tea brand has it's first launching in Southeast Asia in Malaysia.
This brand was established since 1837, and also happens to be the second largest tea distributor, as well as tea manufacturer in the world.
Tetley has a team of 47 different countries of the world, and specialize in bringing quality tea leaves from different tea regions together to create a perfect cup of tea.
It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to participate in the art of tea blending which hosted by Sebastian Michaelis, a Tetley tea master from England.
It was a fantastic section with Mr. Sebastian to learn the difference between varieties of teas, and their uniqueness.



A brief background about the Tetley here.
Tetley tea is made from the young leaves and unopened buds of the plant, Camellia sinensis.
The tea leaves are sourced from 11 countries across 3 continents, from the lush valleys and tropical islands that make up the tea growing regions in the world.
Tetley prides itself for it's heritage of 180 years of perfecting the art of blending tea.



In additional, Tetley is also one of the founding members of the Ethical Tea Partnership, helping to create a thriving, global tea industry that is socially fair and environmental sustainable.
More than 50% of Tetley tea worldwide is now Rainforest Alliance Certified.
At Tetley, they are committed to ensure a better life not only for their farmers, but also better tea the tea lovers, and a better environment for everyone.



During the art of tea blending session with Mr. Sebastian, there are some good tips of making a perfect cup of tea that I would like to share with you all:
#1 Do not use re-boiling water for making any teas because it reduces oxygen levels and affects taste.
#2 Different teas required different temperature, for instance green tea requires water temperature at 80 degrees, while boiling water is perfect for any black teas.
#3 Warm up the teapot by pouring some boiling water so that it keeps the water temperature same as the brewed tea.
#4 Swirl the teabag around the cup to bring out tea's flavour. You can also squeeze the teabag a little bit, but not too much if you would like to have a strong tea's flavour.
#5 Once brewed, let it cool for about 2 minutes before drinking.
#6 Teabags get to dry out easily, hence it's better to keep them in any airtight containers in cool dark places to make sure the teas are fresh.



The quality of a Tetley blend is graded by assessing the tea leaf and tea liquid, using an unique language called Uhuru.
By the tea leaf: Tetley testers examine and grade the leaf density, colour and record the shape, form and size of the leaf.
By the tea liquid: Tetley testers assess sparkle (purity of the colour), colour (from a deep red up to a bright yellow), body (the weight of the tea in the mouth), and zing (overall liveliness of the tea on the palate).



Now, let's discover the best quality tea from Tetley, from a wide range of healthy tea flavours!



Tetley Black in Tea Bags
A classic British Blend that uses the finest hand selected tea leaves, that infuse effortlessly to give you a cup which is always rich and rewarding.
Tetley Black in Teapot Bags
Round teapot bags that unlock the right mix of strength and flavour to give you a robust and refreshing tea.
Tetley Black Tea Leaves
An unique combination of long leaves for aroma and short leaves for strength that gives you a memorable cup of tea, which is great at anytime of the day.



Tetley English Breakfast Tea
Blended from premium, full bodied black teas from Africa and India.
Leverages all the 180 years of tea expertise to create this sophisticated and invigorating blend of tea which is perfect for breakfast or anytime of day.



Tetley Jasmine Green Tea & Mint Green Tea
Created when upper leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant are hand-picked, then pan-fried and rolled to reduce moisture.
Jasmine Green Tea blended with sweet jasmine flowers, while Mint Green Tea has buoyant taste of mint.
Both are excellent drink at anytime, especially superb after meals.



Tetley Camomile
Made from delicate camomile flowers and naturally caffeine free.
The naturally sweet camomile infusion bring you to a moment of tranquility, sooth you all over and allow you to sit back and relax.



Tetley Earl Grey & Tetley Chai
Tetley Earl Grey is the flavour of bergamot, combined with the delicious Orange Pekoe (black tea) base to create a distinctive regal taste experience.
Tetley Chai inspired by the traditional Indian Chai, which has the deliciously balanced flavours of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, star anise, and cloves.



Once again, big thank you to Mr. Sebastian and Tetley Malaysia for having me!



Tetley teas are certified Halal.
All Tetley's products are now available at most of the major hypermarkets in Malaysia.
String & tag tea bags and canister tea bags are priced @ RM11.90, and RM8.90 respectively.
Tea bags, teapot bags, and loose teas are priced at RM6.50, RM8.00 and RM8.90 respectively.
For more information, you can visit www.tetley.com.

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