Story by Chloe Smee

After water, tea is the most commonly consumed drink in the world; the Chinese serve Jasmine-scented teas with Dim Sum and Afghans end their meals with teas scented with cardamom and rose petals. That’s not to mention of course the passionate Brits and their beloved brews. One of the great pleasures in life is a good old cup of tea…

Slurped, sipped and enjoyed worldwide; tea is such an important part of our everyday lives, so it’s important to know you are brewing only the best. And that’s why the Taiwanese teahouse Smith & Hsu was chosen to create Jme’s special teas range. With a contemporary approach to tea culture, this sublime selection was created, featuring the finest teas from around the world; collected from the most famous tea plantations and sampled by only the best tea tasters.

“We simply want to transform old traditions into a contemporary way of making tea.” Explains James Hsu, of Smith & Hsu teahouse, who holds more than 30 years experience with skilled craftsman rooted in thousands of years of Asian and Western tradition. Whatever your tipple, for a light and refreshing cuppa this summer stir things up and try the carefully created Jme special teas. Choose from a sublime selection of fruity infusions or minty mixes; go tropical with Passionfruit and Mango a blend of Mango, passionfruit, apple pieces, hibiscus and sunflower blossom, or get refreshed with some aromatic Peppermint. These infusions are delicious both as hot drinks as well as refreshing iced drinks to cool you down on a summer day. So indulge, enjoy and unwind with your favourite cup…

To compliment these special blends, take the care and attention required to make the perfect cuppa. Firstly use freshly drawn cold water and bring to the boil. Meanwhile warm your teapot and measure out your chosen tea blend. How much is down to personal preference, but as a general guide one teaspoon per person for small leaf teas, and one teaspoon per person plus one for the pot for the large leaf teas. When the water is boiling pour it directly on to the tea, taking the teapot to the kettle. (Do not boil the water for a long period of time because this too will deplete the water of oxygen). Brew your tea for at least 3 – 5 minutes. Finally soak up the aroma and sit back and enjoy.

A delicious cuppa does more than help you relax and unwind; there have been numerous studies which support the health benefits of this ancient tradition too. High in antioxidants, freshly brewed tea is said to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and more. Even though researchers can’t quite agree on every aspect, there’s definitely no denying a daily spot of tea does us all a bit of good.

About the author:
Chloe Smee is the Communications Co-ordinator for Jamie at Home.

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See the video on how to make the perfect cup of tea.