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An Infinity of Patterns

The word ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a permanent memory of childhood play and curiosity. From Greek, it means the “observation of beautiful forms”.  We recall those beautiful patterns, never repeated.

David Brewster, the inventor of the ‘modern’ Kaleidoscope, said it might be of great value in "all the ornamental arts" as a device that creates an "infinity of patterns".

Our brand is like a sedimentary rock: layers of experiences from faraway lands washed together, connecting, over time creating a structure of uniqueness and beauty. Constantly being reinvented, but always remaining inclusive, tolerant, harmonious.  Turning the familiar to the unfamiliar, the mundane to the exotic.

For our finest tea caddies, we bring together individual patterns and images from the past and present to create a contemporary kaleidoscopic canvas for the future.

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Tropical Punch Loose Leaf White Tea Gift Caddy 100g

Net Weight: 100g

£33.00
Our famous Blend 68 - a white tea with red hibiscus, rosehip and orange peel, this 'Tropical Punch' blend is a thirst quenching infusion with a deliciously fruity taste and a striking red liquor.

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£25.00
Perfect for summer, it's a thirst-quenching blend of Sri Lankan high-grown white tea with fruits and fruit flavours on one of our 100g keleidoscope gift caddies.

Tea Master Lalith Lenadora has used his years of experience to create this super blend.

He starts with a beloved white teas from his native Sri Lanka and has added rosehips, which are high in antioxidants and vitamin C. They are of course found on the rose plant, being the fruits that appear just under the flowers and taste floral and sweet, rather than having a rose flavour.
With red hibiscus giving acidity and structure, lemongrass gives the blend a freshness and orange peel a zestiness. Finally, to elevate the experience further, natural fruity flavours of mango, banana, pineapple and passionfruit complete the blend.

In cup, the colour has a striking reddish tint, the aroma and flavour can only be described as 'fruity'.

Thirst quenching when hot, it also makes a super iced tea cocktail, where indulgence can dialed up a touch with a splash of Champagne. See our Tropical Punch cocktail by clicking on Experience.
EIC - Recipe Book - Tropical Punch White Tea with Hibiscus Cordial

Serves 4

Place 8 heaped teaspoons of tea into a saucepan with 1 litre of fresh just-boiled water and infuse for about 4 or 5 minutes.

Strain through a sieve into a heatproof bowl, leave to cool.

Tip into a jug and add a handful of ice, along with 6-8 tablespoons of Hibiscus Cordial Stir well, taste and adjust accordingly

For an extra fizz, add Champagne and pour into chilled flutes prepared with a glace cherry at the bottom of the glass. Finish with a few drops of lemon juice and a curl of lemon rind to garnish.
Quantity

2.5 GRAMS OF TEA LEAVES PER CUP

Temperature

200ML OF WATER AT 80-90ºC

Brewing Time

3-4 MINS BREWING TIME

Ingredients

White Tea, Rosehip shells, Lemongrass, Hibiscus, Orange Peel, Banana Flavour, Mango Flavour, Pineapple Flavour, Passionfruit Flavour

Storage

Store in a cool, dry place avoiding direct sunlight and strong odours.

Stories

White Whiskers, White Tea

It doesn’t get much more simple that processing white tea.

White tea is named after the tiny white or silver hairs that cover the new bud on a tea plant - it is the bud which will soon unfurl to become the next young leaf.

On our White Tea product pages, if you zoom in on the tea picture, you will easily see these little whiskers. When looked at collectively, it creates a silver white sheen to the bud, hence the name.

So it is just the unopened buds or occasionally the bud and one or two of the very youngest leaves too that are picked and brought back to tea factory.
Very carefully handled to retain the integrity of the bud, they are simple dried in the sun or a drying room.

White teas are not fired like other teas, so they tend to retain a higher moisture content [therefore have a shorter shelf life]. There doesn’t seem to be a hard and fast rule about antioxidant or caffeine levels v green or black teas – whilst the white bud itself often carries a little more of both, the resulting brew tends to use cooler water for a shorter time than black, so the cup can often contain less.

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  • FAQ

    Does white tea include caffeine and is there more or less than green or black tea and coffee?
    Yes it does, and it varies. All tea leaves, just like coffee, contain caffeine. Tea usually has a lower level of caffeine than coffee, which averages around 95mg for a normal cup of coffee. But it is impossible to give a precise answer, because there are so many variables at play - the length of brew time, the amount of tea used, the age of the leaf, the provenance of the leaf. Even the temperature of the water. Our best advice is to treat all tea and coffee similarly if you need to manage your caffeine intake."

    I’ve heard that tea contains theanine. What is it and what does it do?
    Tea does indeed contain theanine, which is an amino acid [the building blocks of proteins]. Tea is one of only a few sources of theanine. It represents about 1% of dry weight and is at its highest concentrate in shade-grown teas like matcha and gyokuro. Whilst not yet proven in scientific studies that would permit specific health claims to be made, it is believed by many to be able to reduce mental and physical stress, promote relaxation and a sense of well-being. But not only that, it is more recently being thought to aid cognitive function. It’s one explanation for tea’s famous ability to create calm in a crisis [the Great British solution to all problems – ‘putting the kettle on’] and to stimulate when a little boost is required.

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