“Churchill probably drank the smoky tarry deliciousness because it could stand on its own beside the real smoke of his ever-present Cuban cigars…”
We recently came across this wonderful photo and blog post about Winston Churchill and a couple of his favourite habits, namely cigars and the unmistakable smoked black tea called Lapsang Souchong. Continue reading Smoke on the Water
A Conservative prime minister is urged to nationalise a troubled enterprise. The government is accused of taking its eye off the ball at a time of national crisis (what crisis?). Oh, and there’s a referendum on the UK’s relationship with Europe… Continue reading A Strange Echo – Drinking Tea by Candlelight
Many of you will know our popular Taeping blend (Earl Grey with lavender and rose) but did you know it was named after the last clipper ship to win one of the great tea races before steamships took over the trade? Continue reading Taeping and The Great Tea Race of 1866
While searching for details about Mr Maxey online, we have discovered a startling bit of information about a Mr James Maxey living in Hainford, Duchy of Lancashire. Continue reading Shady Past – A Relative of Mr Maxey?
One of our newer suppliers in the last few years is a small natural tea grower’s initiative founded in 2015 which trains, supports and promotes marginalized tea farmers across Assam and Darjeeling. Continue reading Tea Leaf Theory
This self-owned tea garden was established in 1998, reclaimed from secondary forest with no previous history of tea planting, just plenty of clear and fertile land…and an insistence on high standards of organic production and management.
Continue reading Puer Zuxiang High Mountain Tea Garden
We are busy selling tea before the break…in some cases selling out of tea like the very popular Mandal Gaon First Flush Oolong. But we’re excited to announce we have ordered some late season teas that are expected to arrive in the new year. Continue reading December 2018 – End of Year Update
One of our most interesting new arrivals in 2018 was this single trunk, or Dan Cong, black tea from the Phoenix mountains of Guangdong Province (China).
We had heard about these teas over the last year or two…rumours of unique flavours and remarkable aromas derived from volcanic soil and high altitude moss and lichen…and were very interested in giving one a try. We were definitely not disappointed! Continue reading Dan Cong Black Single Trunk
Dear Tea Customers,
Many of you will know Admiral Grey and the associated teas that Tea Trader supplies. The original tea was launched in 1995 and Eight Bells, Taeping and Cape Doctor followed. At that time one of our earliest customers, Bob Newell, developed stories around this intriguing figure. Continue reading Tea Trader Says – Welcome to Admiral Grey!
This website has been a long time coming! Tea Trader was one of the first couple of businesses on the internet, the domain was registered in early 1995, we were frequent contributors to rec.food.drink.tea in those early days. In the beginning of this century we even had an early shopping cart! This lapsed after a few years and we’re glad to say it is now back. Continue reading Tea Trader Says – Welcome to Mr Maxey’s Tea!