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Tea and Terroir: what gives tea its unique characteristics? Topography?

11 Apr

Wow! Where did the last week go? Sometimes in a small business there just aren’t enough hands on deck, hours in the day or days in the week! Well, this week was one of those so apologies for my delay in posting the next part of the Tea and Terroir blog. A little delayed, but here you go…

So we’ve already learnt that climate plays a huge part in the magic of a tea’s unique characteristics, but what else plays a part?

Topography (the relief of the land) – in a nutshell this takes into account how the altitude and latitude (the degree of the slope of the mountain) of a particular place determine the tea garden’s exposure to wind, rain, frost, sunshine, shade and drainage.

Having recently been to Sri Lanka I have been lucky enough to experience the diverse climate and topography and therefore flavour and characteristics of its tea, first hand. I loved chatting to the wonderful Herman, owner of the tropical Handunugoda tea estate, about Sri Lanka’s unique topography and how it determines how their tea is grown and therefore, how it tastes.



Herman explained that Sri Lankan teas are not classified by season or climate but instead by elevations: low, mid and high-grown tea. Each elevation lends itself to unique flavours and characteristics – mellow and rich low-grown, aromatic citrusy mid-grown and intense high-grown – and even price point!

In the high mountain tea growing areas, the native China tea bush, the Camellia Sinensis, flourishes even on incredibly steep slopes as high as almost 8000 feet. At this height the thin air slows the leaf growth. This growth is focused around an optimum picking period so their yield is half that of the tea bushes grown in the much lower tropical tea gardens.

Sri Lanka tea

In the tropical Southern tea growing parts of the island where Herman’s beautiful estate is, the tea bush flourishes more consistently all year round and produces a more mellow and rich flavour and the teas are easier to harvest.

The lower yields, coupled with the difficulty in harvesting the tea in the highlands lead to a more intense flavour and a much higher price point for the high elevation teas.

Next time, the final focus will be on geology and terroir.


Master the art of your favourite brew

10 Apr

Master the art of your favourite brew

A little update to my blog post on Monday (https://lahlootea.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/).

Here, the BBC investigate just how to master the art of brewing the perfect brew with me, Kate Gover (founder of Lahloo Tea) and The UK Tea Council.

Happy reading!

Tea Heroes 2012 – the results!

9 Jan

A few weeks ago we asked you to help us choose the Tea Heroes of 2012! First of all, we want to thank you all for your responses. We’ve already contacted the winner of a Tea Discovery tea taster set, so congratulations! Now it’s time to share the results! Hopefully this will help you discover a new tea -or maybe confirm that you were right about your favourites!


OPULENT BLACK ………………….. Spice Chai (32.4%)

Beating Bristol Brew by just one vote, the invigorating and comforting Spice Chai gets to the top of your trusted black teas!

INTRIGUING OOLONG …………… Orchid (36.1%)

This oolong is so stunning that even thieves love it! Our whole consignment of Orchid was stolen and we’re currently trying to source an alternative! True story. Too much Orchid love.

GALVANISING GREEN …………. Matcha (28.6%)

The mighty Matcha gets your vote, followed closely by Green Jasmine. Once you try Matcha there’s no turning back!

ALLURING WHITE …………….. White Peony (30.6%)

This seemed to be a difficult choice! White Peony, Snow Jewel and White Whisper got nearly the same number of votes.

HERBAL THERAPY…………….. Peppermint (28.6%)

The trusted English favourite beats the exotic Mulberry by just one vote!


Do you agree with the results?

Win a Sweaty Betty gift voucher and a Lahloo Herbal Therapy set

9 Jan

Sweaty Betty’s new collection motto ‘Fit is the new it’ is the perfect match to our Herbal Therapy month! Sweaty Betty Bristol has offered us a £40 gift voucher to give to one of you Lahloo friends. With over 30 stores nationwide and the aim to inspire women to find empowerment through fitness, Sweaty Betty provides stylish yet performance-lead activewear for women who live an active lifestyle. Sweaty Betty Bristol members also enjoy free weekly clubs: Metabolic Conditioning workout on Mondays, Intermediate run on Tuesdays and Yoga on Wednesdays! (For more info you can e-mail BristolShop@sweatybetty.com).


Sweaty Betty’s new collection’s motto ‘Fit is the new it’ is the perfect match to our Herbal Therapy month!

The winner of the competition will also receive a special Lahloo Herbal Therapy gift box, including our caffeine-free infusions Rosebud, Mulberry, Sobacha, Peppermint and Golden Rooibos.

To enter the competition, you just have to answer the following question in the form below and submit it: what do you do to stay fit? 


Terms and conditions

1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, 18 years or over, with the exception of employees of Lahloo Tea and Sweaty Betty and their families or partners.

2. All entries must be received by midnight on Sunday the 3th of February 2013.

3. Only one entry per person. The winner will be drawn at random from all entries received by the closing date.

4. By entering this competition you agree to have your name released as the winner. The winner will be contacted through e-mail or telephone after the 4th of February.

5. If the prize winner fails to respond to correspondence from Lahloo Tea or to claim his/her prize within 72 hours of receipt of notification, Lahloo Tea shall be entitled to select an alternative prize winner. The prize winner who has not responded won’t be entitled to a prize.

6. Prize is non transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

7. Lahloo Tea reserves the right to record the entrants’s e-mail addresses for promotional purposes and to share these with Sweaty Betty.

Christmas shopping at Cowley Manor

9 Nov

If you love Christmas shopping, don’t forget that Lahloo will be at Cowley Manor on the 23rd of November for an amazing evening of boutique shopping! The stunning and very chic hotel in the Cotswold countryside is beautiful at this time of the year, and the evening will be full of gorgeous gift ideas and seasonal treats, including mini-spa treatments and of course our selection of teas! With exclusive brands, great music, Christmas cocktails and a fabulous fashion show, it will certainly be a unique shopping experience.

Tickets are £7.50 in advance or £10 on the door and they include a glass of champagne and a mince pie. All ticket profits will donated to Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children. So if you want to book in advance you can visit the Cowley Manor website. Hope to see you there!

Win Bottle Green Goodies

28 Jul
Bottle Green
Lahloo loves the summer! Any excuse to relax, kick back and forget about any worries and cares!  It’s even better with a nice chilled drink in one hand and a crackin’ book in the other. Heavenly!
Now with that said (without meaning to gripe and complain), it is notoriously difficult to rely on the British weather. So, even if the sun hasn’t got his hat on (and he has his brolly out instead) why not enter our competition. It may help to brighten the gloomiest of days!
Lahloo has teamed up with the lovely folk at Bottle Green to offer you the chance to win a delicious Bottlegreen hamper.
We know what a creative bunch you all are and are frequently surprised by your new tasty ways to use Lahloo tea. So, we want to put your skills to the test and have set you a little challenge!  All we ask is for you to come up with a tea-tastic drinks recipe combining Lahloo tea and any Bottlegreen cordial.
Need some inspiration? Try our iced-tea tipple for size!  So, don your thinking caps, get your taste buds prepped, get experimenting and send us your recipes. All you have to do is scribble it down and email it to us here.  We will pick the one we love most and let you know if you have won.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Have fun Lahloo-ers!
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