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MDTEA JOURNAL | Everyday adventures in the world of tea

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Welcome, pull up a chair, sit back and grab yourself a cup of something special.
Relax, unwind and let your mind wander with us for a few moments, and join us
on our everyday adventures into the world of tea.

Summer Sipping: Cooling off when things get hot

Summer Sipping: Cooling off when things get hot

Posted by Helen Taggart on

With summer fast approaching and the weather finally warming up. We thought it was high time to break out the Iced Teas, and there is nothing I like better than taking a pitcher of iced tea into the garden and relaxing with a good book and a cold brew.

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Our Best Bedtime Routine - 5 Steps For A Sound Night's Sleep

Our Best Bedtime Routine - 5 Steps For A Sound Night's Sleep

Posted by Helen Taggart on

A good night’s sleep is an essential, yet often neglected element in our modern lives. All too often, our sleep is relegated to the end of our list of things to get done. So we collected our top 5 steps for a sound nights sleep.

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Naturally Caffeine Free: Why we dont do decaf

Naturally Caffeine Free: Why we dont do decaf

Posted by Helen Taggart on

While there are a lot of 'caffeine-free' teas out there to choose from, not all are created equal. In this article, we are going to explore the differences between Naturally Caffeine Free teas, and the slew of often chemically decaffeinated options that flood the market today.

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Bulletproof Masala Choco Chai

Bulletproof Masala Choco Chai

Posted by Helen Taggart on

I love to explore and experiment with everything in life, both inside and outside of my kitchen, and as amazing as our blends are on their own, I am continually amazed by the endless possibilities to adapt and enhance each one in exciting new directions. One of my latest explorations has led me to today's wonderful creation. This sumptuous, silky and spice-laden delight makes use of our Masala Chai Express as a base and is unbelievably luxurious in both taste and texture. While some of the ingredients may seem unorthodox to some (butter? in tea? I hear you cry) trust...

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Drink Green | Feel Clean

Drink Green | Feel Clean

Posted by Helen Taggart on

Why do people drink green tea? Is it for the health benefits or is it for the taste? While either one is a perfectly good reason, perhaps it is both.

I have heard many people say they don't like green tea because of its bitter taste. Well, green tea is only bitter if it is of poor quality and prepared incorrectly. 

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Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha <br/>- So what's it all about?

Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha
- So what's it all about?

Posted by Helen Taggart on

We have been so excited about releasing our new blends and now that Christmas and New Year have been and gone and thoughts turn to clearing our heads rather than feeding our bellies we thought it was an ideal time to introduce our new Matcha range. So, for those that have missed the matcha-mania that has taken place both on and offline, what exactly is Matcha? Well, put simply, it is a powdered green tea that is rich in antioxidants and is full of amazing health benefits. Our Matcha's are all organic and Ceremonial grade, from Shizuoka in Japan. Ceremonial Matcha comes from...

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December blends and an old winter friend

December blends and an old winter friend

Posted by Helen Taggart on

Hello tea lovers. This month we are launching our new December blends as well as welcoming back an old festive friend (...and no, it's not St. Nick). These blends are not only a delight for the taste buds but a feast for the eyes. 

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The Brighton & Sussex Cookbook

The Brighton & Sussex Cookbook

Posted by Helen Taggart on

While everyone enjoys a traditional brew, there's certainly more than one way to enjoy loose leaf tea. The lovely folks over at Metrodeco for example, make some delightfully decadent tea cocktails using our blends - and we can tell you first hand that they taste delicious. So imagine our excitement when they told us they were using one of our blends to create a tea cocktail which would appear in the Brighton and Sussex Cookbook!  It is a great book championing a fabulous range of bakers, cooks, retailers, chefs and food and drink ambassadors from the area. Here is a sneaky...

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New blends as November ends

New blends as November ends

Posted by Helen Taggart on

November certainly is the month when things turn a little greyer, a little grimmer and a little cooler. Thoughts are turning to Christmas which can bring feelings of joy or dread. At MDTea we decided we would introduce some new blends this month to cheer us up and spend time in the moment and boy has it done just the trick. Our new blends range from a reviving turmeric and ginger blend, through to a very special Pu-erh blend with fennel and fenugreek which is a real pick-me-up. We also have a fruity little number with flavours of melon and grapefruit...

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The Spice of Life: How to make <br/>the perfect Masala Chai tea

The Spice of Life: How to make
the perfect Masala Chai tea

Posted by Helen Taggart on

We love our Masala Chai tea, we can't get enough of it, and in fact, it seems you can't either with our Masala Chai Express being one of our most popular blends. So, on a recent trip to India with my now husband, Michael, I was interested in trying a true Masala Chai from its country of origin. In India, Chai was available on every street corner, in the train stations and even on the trains themselves. Served ready-made, from large urns by Chai Wallahs inviting you to try, with its sweet, spicy smell and at 50 rupees a cup (about...

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Tea Cocktails: A taste of decadence

Tea Cocktails: A taste of decadence

Posted by Helen Taggart on

If you thought our blends were just for drinking hot and poured straight from a teapot, then think again. Our teas can be used in many wonderful ways, from cold brews and cocktails to ice-creams and baking. Today we're creating a cocktail, using our Deliciously Decadent blend, currently on special offer (in fuso bag form) in our online tea shop. We call this cocktail Divinely Decadent and once you've taken a sip, you'll understand why. A definite summer drink to sip on a warm summer's evening. Okay, to start you do need a bit of preparation. Infuse 50g ( or 15...

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Tea Leaf Theory: A Brief History of Tea

Posted by Helen Taggart on

Tea is drunk and enjoyed all over the world, and while in Britain the most popular type is Black tea drunk with milk, there are many more varieties and many more ways to enjoy, our nation's favourite drink. It plays such a central role in our daily lives that it's hard to imagine a world without it, yet have you ever stopped to think about its origins and how it was discovered?While tea has been enjoyed in the East for thousands of years it was only introduced to the West about 400 years ago. Discovered in China, it has exerted...

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The Humble Hibiscus:
Helping your health bloom beautifully

Posted by Helen Taggart on

Many people are aware of at least some of the benefits of drinking tea - especially the well publicised antioxidant properties of green and white tea. However, a herb that is often overlooked in terms of its health benefits, yet regularly found in many tea blends, is hibiscus. Though its colour is quite vivid its benefits are less obvious. Hibiscus comes from the green part of the hibiscus flower called the calyx, which is rich in anthocyanins. These are responsible for the production of antioxidants and also give it it's rich red colour. It tastes sweet but also has a quite...

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Matcha tea: how to benefit from the health boost without drinking it

Matcha tea: how to benefit from the health boost without drinking it

Posted by Helen Taggart on

Did you know you can incorporate matcha into your daily diet without drinking a single cup of tea? This is especially useful for people who want to reap the benefits but are not keen on the taste, which is quite strong and not everyone’s cup of tea! Matcha is a Japanese green tea that has become very popular in the last few years – mainly due to its health benefits and versatility. So let’s have a little look at those health benefits before we get creative. Health benefits of matcha tea Matcha has a unique rich, grassy taste and a...

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