A combination of assignments, lack of sleep and around £20 in the bank leads to the strangest yet some of my best purchases! I stumbled across the Canton Tea website around 2 weeks ago and have been meaning to purchase some of their items since. These guys have a great reputation even though they only opened in 2007 (like...in business years they are like a toddler). Canton Tea Co is a British tea company trading in 'high grade, whole leaf Chinese tea'. They sell the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh teas. In their first year, they even won Six Golds at the 2009 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards!
They company had great service as the package got here 2 days after I made the order! Here is what I got :)
I ordered a small Shen Glass Teapot for the full experience. I have always wanted a glass teapot since I began my Twinings tea obsession so I knew it would be worth the money. It cost be £10 on sale on the website. It comes in bigger sizes but a small teapot is just right for me.
I got the matching Shen Glass cup and saucer for a mere £5!
Aaaah, my flowering teas! It was because of my curiosity of this tea that I stumbled onto the Canton Tea website in the first place. I got 5 different samples of their large tea collection to taste. These little beauties bloom into gorgeous flowers in hot water as well as infusing the mouth watering flavours into the teapot (I just tried one and I am on a Canton Tea hype right now!)...
These were the three items I ordered off the website and I got them for approximately £20 because I got £5 off due to a special offer on the website. I was really happy with the company but I got a few little treats thrown in as well...
I got sample bags for their 'yellow gold oolong' and 'jasmine' tea which I was not expecting at all! I cannot wait to try these little babies.
I got a lovely welcome letter thanking me for my purchase and gave me a code which will give me 15% off my next order. I also got two voucher cards for 2 friends that will give them £5 off their order too! I wonder if I can give those as birthday presents...hmm! I got a lovely little little booklet as well explaining all the different types of tea and how to brew them that I am very excited to read.
Here is my first attempt at making flowering dragon eye tea...
My little teapot holds 250ml of water (perfect for my cup!) so I filled it with hot (but not boiling) water and added my tea to it.
I watched in anticipation as the tea opened up. *side note: it takes a while so if you're like me and are just sitting there waiting...it will get a bit boring* I was CRAZY HAPPY when the flower opened up and the I was able to smell the exotic blend of flavours.
I cannot remember for the life of me what tea I tried today but I do remember it was delicious! There was a strong flavour of green tea but occasionally I got a burst of jasmine or an undertone of lilies (yummy).
How do you like your tea?