With the explosion of choice in the West over the last few years, it can be hard to know where to start. Which is why, today, renowned China travel journalist Damian Harper is going to try Pinestone tea, an exciting new brand that hopes to cause a bit of a stir within British tea-drinking society.
For lovers of tea, it can be a long, demanding journey to the perfect cup. The aroma captured in a single drop of tea is the conclusion of a pain-staking process, a lengthy voyage that demands respect and empathy for the tea leaf and its particular vulnerabilities. So a modicum of patience is a good thing.
In recent years, the role of tea drinking in the UK has experienced unprecedented change. There was a coffee revolution, a craft beer revolution and now a tea revolution is unfurling, like a tea leaf in water. When faced with such a plethora of choice, it can be hard to know where to begin.
At Pinestone Tea, we believe wholeheartedly in using loose leaf tea. Loose leaf tea maximises the flavours of the leaves in the water, so they can fully permeate and infuse the liquid with their fragrance. This, as we know, is the preferred method for tea-drinkers in China who shy away from the notion of the soggy tea bag! Loose leaf tea can also be used several times, allowing the drinker to experience the pleasure of the tea repeatedly, drawing from its special reservoirs of flavour.
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