An afternoon of glee with Jing Tea!
One of the most relaxing, and enjoyable things in life is a good cup of tea.
My life is full of tea (I wish I could say that it was full of cake too- tea's perfect yet evil companion).
A cup of tea can solve lots of things:
Feeling glum?...Have a brew
Feeling tired?...Have a cuppa
Want a chat?...Pop the kettle on
Come over all tearful?...Cup of char will sort it out
Weary after a day of cultural pursuits?...Chai anyone?
You get the picture.
Anyhoo, tea, being the wonder liquid it is, can also be quite good for you. We've all heard about the health benefits of green tea delights, anti oxidant properties, herbal concoctions, and even medicinal use possibilities, so its about time we explored a bit further than a mug of English Breakfast.
Now, my cupboard is packed with tea like substances- from white tea to rose petal tea, earl grey to peppermint- you name it, I have it.....almost.
I first discovered the amazing-ness of Jing tea's products when I had the pleasure of having an afternoon tea in a fancy London hotel. I exclaimed in wonder at the cute little muslin like tea bags, and the rich tones that infused my glorious cup. Thus it was inevitable that I would go on to investigate further.
Jing has a wonder-ous range including loose tea, herbal infusions, bags and teaware- its so exciting- and its two of the loose teas that I am happy to chat about today....while drinking said teas.
Organic Dragon Well Green Tea
Said to be one of the most famous Green tea's in China, it can be enjoyed any time of the day.
"The traditional method of making Dragon Well is what really sets it apart. Each individual tea bud is hand-pressed and shaped in a wok to achieve the perfect level of roasting.
Certified organic by the Soil Association. Fair Trade certified by IMO Switzerland."- Jing Tea
Take about 2 tsp of loose leaves per cup, and infuse in water (around 80 degrees) for 3-4 minutes. I found the tea to be positively gorgeous and intensely refreshing. A pale greenish yellow liquid, the aroma reminded me of lightly dried herbs, cut grass, and hints of fruitiness. The taste is just as spectacular, with warm rich leafiness accompanied with mellow drops of liquorice (not too much though- I'm usually a liquorice loather but I enjoyed this).
Silver Needle White Tea
Firstly, I am going to open my review with a little spiel from the Jing site. Simply because its really quite lovely, and really sets the scene for an equally lovely tea.
"Picked at the end of March this year, long, soft and downy, Silver Needle comprises the first spring buds of the Da-Bai tea plant. It comes from Fuding, a serene region with icy waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. The peaceful setting is reflected in the flavour - soft and mellow,with the freshness of honeydew melon and the soothing sweetness of a ripe cantaloupe. It’s an easy-drinking tea that's ideal for drinking on long and lingering afternoons, or well into the night." - Jing Tea
Gentle scents of peaches and melons resonate from your cup of pale liquid. The taste is just as welcoming, with an unexpected intensity of honey, fresh leaves, and cucumber like goodness. I highly recommend this as it is indeed very satisfying. White tea is noted everywhere for it's anti-oxidising properties, therefore you really cannot go wrong here!
Want to complete the scene of ultimate greatness? Include these for your tea sipping delighted-ness.
Jing Glass One Cup Teapot Set
Elegant, exquisite, and simply beautiful. This is the modern way of serving tea. Everyone knows the best tea is brewed in a teapot- and how super is this little pot for one! Expertly designed to match the size of the cup. You can watch to observe how strong you want it before perfectly pouring through the strainer inside, all in one go and without the risk of bits of leaf in your cup. The glass is hand blown and thicker at the base for sturdiness.
Im going to want to take this everywhere- so I can have my new super teas on the go!
Double high five with a flying cherry on top to Jing- www.jingtea.com