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Harrison Tea's - Tea Infusions
About Harrison Teas
I am a one-man enterprise from good old Cardiff who sells the best teas I possibly can at a reasonable price.
I am always looking to find those teas that the experts are hiding away. My stock can change daily but rest assured I will always try to find the best teas possible, please don't hesitate to contact me using the contact form, on the contact page. If you are looking for any tea so long as it is not branded I will do my best to find it for you.
Many Teas One Plant
There are many types of tea all of which come from the same plant the Tea Tree (Camellia Sinensis ). Each type of tea is produced differently. Here is a brief disruption of the best know types of tea.
White tea is known to be one of the most delicate teas, as it is so minimally processed. The best white tea is picked before the leaves open fully and the buds are covered in fine white hair ( Pekoe) This tea is mostly produced in China,s Fujian province. However, it takes a long time to produce, up to 2-3 days White tea is considered to be the healthiest tea, as it contains antioxidants, such as catechins and polyphenols which are concentrated in the bud of the plant
Green tea is made from the leaves and buds of the plant, which has not undergone the full withering and or oxidation process used in the making of oolong teas or black teas Green tea originated in China and has spread over to many countries in ASIA.
Japanese Green Tea
The majority of tea drunk in Japan is green tea. All green tea is packed with health benefits, it does have a small amount of caffeine that we may need in the morning. Green tea also contains plenty of antioxidants that helps with body function and protection It is believed that the amino- acids in green tea aid brain function and anti-ageing agents that are good for the skin.
Oolong tea is a traditional Chinese/ Taiwan,s tea made from partially oxidized tea leave. This semi-oxidized tea uses larger mature leaves which undergo rigorous production processes, it is withered for a few hours, then rattled or shaken to burse the leave, this helps break the cell walls to enhance the flavours. The shaking/oxidation can go on for hours or until the tea master decides that the tea has reached the correct level of oxidation. It is then fired to fix the oxidation and then shaped into small shiny dark green balls.
Pu erh Tea
Pu erh tea is a variety of fermented teas traditionally produced in Yunnan China, as the tea undergoes fermentation, it also continues to oxidize until the desired flavours are reached much like wines. Pu erh has two main styles of production Raw a traditional longer process
Ripe a modern accelerated process The tea contains micro-organisms with probiotic properties that aid digestion and is used to aid weight loss. Pu erh teas are steamed and then pressed into many shapes or ( cakes) then stored and aged for several years before the sale. Raw Pu erh tea is highly sought-after by tea connoisseurs who store and age it for decades as the flavours become more complex over time.
Black tea is a full oxidised tea produced in many African and Asian parts of the world The Assam region is the worlds largest tea-growing region. Assam and southern China are the only part of the world with native tea plants this part of the world has very high rainfall during the monsoon season, as much as 10-12 inches per day, with temperatures rising to 103 ( 40c) this greenhouse-like conditions contribute to a unique malty flavour accosted with black teas much loved in the western countries
African Black Teas ( Kenyan)
African teas are similar in body to Assam and thus, they are very good as a breakfast tea ( rich and robust) most can take milk well.
Kenyan tea is also quite nice when drunk plain, try them with a heaped spoonful of sugar ( African style)
While Ceylon tea is known for its bold flavours it can vary significantly in taste depending on where it's grown within Ceylon When compared to other black teas Ceylon tea is likely to be more floral, brisker and even fresher.
Quality is our keyword when it come to stocking new tea, we aim to find the best quality teas possible at a fair price for both the consumer and grower.
It is our aim to only stock teas that are OP and above for all our estate teas with blended teas being of the same standard where ever possible.
By only using the best ingredients our teas are hopefully of the highest quality.
Harrison Teas does its best to source our tea through established relationships, individual plantations, coops, and long-standing partners.
The environment and sustainability is of paramount importance to Harrison Teas.
Harrison Teas is committed to providing as wide a range of tea as is possible, we aim to stock teas from all tea-growing regions of the world.
At Harrison Teas, we sell teas from the two standard methods of production Orthodox production and non-orthodox production
Both methods produce a different final tea
The orthodox method uses the whole leaf, a process that preserves flavour throughout production. This method takes longer but results in a full leaf with complex flavours and aromas.
The orthodox method uses the whole leaf, a process that preserves flavour throughout production. This method takes longer, but results in a full leaf with complex flavours and aromas. Orthodox producers can vary the teas appearance, aroma and flavour during production. As with all things the whole leaf is regarded as superior in quality. Leaves that break are ranked using the British grading system.
The Non -Orthodox method was invented around 1930, and is known as CTC method or Crush, Tear, Curl. This method mainly involves the use of machinery where the leaf is crushed to speed up the oxidation process, then torn into small peaces and rolled into uniform sized grains. This method in prevalent in Kenya parts of India and Ceylon but is not yet widespread in China
The British Grading System
Is based on the appearance and size of the tea leaf only. You will find one of the following on many of our teas
SFGFOP Special, Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (Smallest Whole Leaf)