A cup of tea...

Currently drinking DJ Miles, as finally our new catering sized bag arrived! We ran into this tea whilst on last years holiday in Exmoor as in many tea rooms this was what they served.

Liked it so much when we got home we ordered a box, and when that was gone a catering bag, and then another, and another! That's now pretty much our standard tea. Lovely brew!

Thought I'd share :)

What tea do you guys prefer?
Up until around 10 years ago there was a tea and coffee shop called Brewers of Southsea. They sold loose leaf tea, freshly ground coffee, and all manner of teapots, coffee percolators (the 'dalek' ones), and tea making accessories. Their best tea was India and Ceylon blend. The shop closed around 2005.

Another tea I liked was Luaka organic tea - brilliant tea from Sri Lanka.

I used to buy tea from Whittards of Chelsea, but the local shop closed last year.

But my main brand is now Ahmad, where you can buy a 500g box of loose leaf tea, either Earl Grey, Cardamom, or Ceylon. I mix a 500g box with 50g of green gunpowder tea, and brew using filtered water from a Brita jug, strain, and serve with soya milk. A box lasts around 2 to 3 months, and costs £3.99.
Two of my favourites Tippy Assam from Betty's tea room, or a lovely full bodied everyday tea that's hard to beat Yorkshire Gold, always brewed in a teapot of course please no one tell me they make tea in a cup sacrilege.


Woburn Sands, Bucks
Whenever I go to Oxford I stock up on Assam Tips from Cardew's in the Covered Market. Strong and and malty. On the rare occasions when I get 15 minutes to myself in the morning I like nothing better to brew a big pot of this and savour the moment. Great value too at £4.50 for 250gms.

If you are in Oxford the Covered Market is well worth a visit. Great butchers, fishmongers, green grocers and other little independents. It's how shopping used to be.
just north of Denver

First , let me just say I know about nothing regarding tea, and only sometimes drink it when at Chinese restaurants. Tried other varieties too over the years but nothing hit me.

I think the reason is because when compared to coffee, tea is so horribly insipid. All pretty much tastes the same and a waste of good hot water.

Hah, you Limeys and other foreigners) and your tea fetish is always amusing to read about, How you do go on about such a boring drink always makes me smile. As everyone knows, it's one of the reasons y'all can look sorta gay to the Yankers like myself.

Hah, not to mention you guys dunking cookies in tea. Only thing close to that here is when the hillbillies briefly submerge their HostessTwinkies in Mountain Dew before eating.


It's about refeenment, Martin - something you Yankers lack utterly - but make up for in many other ways. Coffee in the afternoon? Very American and just not done over here, don't y'know!

'Very American' is loaded with implication and none of it positive. It is said with an expression that suggests looking down one's nose without actually doing so - which would be very rude, indeed. Ah! tea is a subtle refreshment for gentlefolk. Standard British brew isn't, mind, but still stalwartly defended against coffee and in much the same terms.