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All about matcha

7 Sep

Preparing matcha, the Japanese finely-milled green tea, might seem a bit daunting at the beginning.  A few weeks ago we put together this step-by-step guide, but now you can watch this short video where infusionist Hannah from Lahloo Pantry tells you about the origins of the ritual, why matcha is so good for you and how to achieve the perfect whisking technique. Shot at Lahloo Pantry by Raspberry and Jam!

For more info and to buy our ceremonial grade matcha visit our website!




The fabulous Walnut Tree Restaurant is now serving Lahloo Tea…..

8 Jun

I feel very lucky that I have been treated to lunch at The Walnut Tree restaurant in the gorgeous countryside just on the edge of the Black Mountains near Abergavenny. If you haven’t had the chance to eat at The Walnut Tree, then I hope you have plans to do so as soon as humanly possible! Don’t worry if you live further than we do (about an hours drive from Bristol), they have lovely accommodation so you can sample the fantastic wine list as well as the food. Or maybe head to the fabulous Abergavenny Food Festival and make a trip to taste Shaun’s food (just remember to book).

The Walnut Tree has been a famous inn and restaurant since it began in the early 1960’s. It is now run as a joint venture between Shaun Hill (see above) and William Griffiths. The Walnut Tree offers proper dining and drinking in an informal setting. Join them for a glass of good wine and a plate of something delicious or sit and savour a full lunch or dinner in the welcoming inn.

The menu is an eclectic mix, based on Shaun’s personal taste and sound cooking techniques, rather than any particular country’s cuisine.  Shaun and his team have this year earned a coveted Michelin star in recognition of the food being served and the team serving it. Well done!

When I first contacted Shaun to introduce him to Lahloo Tea and to see if he would like to serve our tea at The Walnut Tree, I did so with some trepidation. You see I knew that Shaun also oversees the long-established restaurants at Fortnum & Mason. Especially, St James’ Restaurant where he oversees the tea menu. He really knows – and loves – his tea! He really appreciates the difference between a Golden Assam and a high mountain Second Flush Darjeeling.

I needn’t have worried. After our initial chat over a lovely cup of Jungpana Darjeeling over a year ago, Shaun enjoyed Lahloo Tea so much so, that he asked me to keep in touch. So I did! And now I’m happy to say that you’ll now be able to sip a delicious cup of tea after your meal at The Walnut Tree.

Together with Shaun we have created a delicious tea list from around the world. Choose from a pot of light and fragrant Darjeeling Second Flush from high in the Indian Himalayas, the wonderfully refreshing and digestive Orchid oolong from the Phoenix Mountains in China (superb with his sensational chocolate puddings) or a cleansing cup of Japanese green tea. Whatever you choose, it will be delicious. So when you go back or visit for the first time, sit back relax and enjoy the food lovingly prepared by Shaun and the team. Just don’t forget to ask for a special cup of tea to follow…

How to make a perfect cup of green tea

19 Jan

A cup of comforting Nokcha

I know, I know, you’re busy! But, I also know just how important it is to stay hydrated throughout the day. This year, my challenge to you is to ditch dehydrating coffee or carbonated drinks and to hydrate by drinking Lahloo green teas. Studies show that anti-oxidants in green tea boast myriad benefits including anti-ageing, lowering cholesterol, strengthening the immune system and supporting the digestive system. Sipped in China and Japan for centuries, green tea is an elixir for life.

Utterly revitalising, uplifting and tasty; green tea is quick, simple and easy to enjoy, at home and at work, and just 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves will keep you hydrated and refreshed all day. At just 4 pence per cup* you’ll save yourself pennies too!

So, how do you make green tea? Follow these steps and you’ll soon be enjoying a rare moment’s peace while you prepare and sip your green tea:

♥  use 1 teaspoon of our green tea per person

♥  make your green tea in a mug (good quality leaves will sink to the bottom), a small teapot, in a tea infuser cup or in a pot with a large infuser (a Forlife teapot like this for example)

♥  never use boiling water,  you’ll burn the delicate leaves and get a bitter, unpleasant cup of green tea.

♥  simply infuse using water off the boil (the optimal temperature for our green teas is 70-75 degrees) so the leaves unfurl to release their unique aromas and tastes. This slow unfurling creates the perfect cup of tea.

♥  only infuse the tea for 1 – 1.5 minutes

♥  always refill your teapot/tea cup with hot water and enjoy the multiple infusions our fabulous green teas give you.

♥  to make a delicious, sweet and refreshing iced tea, simply infuse our green tea leaves in cold water for at least 8 hours.

Now you can see how easy it is, I hope you’ll be inspired to take a leaf out of our book and introduce 5 cups of green tea into your everyday life.

(*based on 5 infusions per 1 teaspoonful of leaves)

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