We have a local tea expert who retails personally blended tea!

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We have a local tea expert who retails personally blended tea!

I went the other day to the Duck Pond Market in Richmond.  It was there that I discovered a Tea Specialist.  I was super thrilled to also discover that this particular specialist was  named Freeda who owns the Monkey Char Tea business.

She is a local!

What a discovery for a tea addict like me to find someone local?  She ethically sources and personally blends loose leaf teas from all around the world.

This particular tea I got is a limited edition Chocolate Tea and I can that everyone who has come over has done a “oooh” and a “aaah” and a “wow I must get that” comment/sound when trying it.

You can find out all about Freeda’s teas here, I really recommend them from the experience I have had so far:  Monkey Char Tea

So this tea contains black tea, cocoa nibs, cocoa beans, flavourings and sunflower petals.  It looks great too!

  • As most of you will know the recommended guidelines for getting great tea is to always use fresh water when boiling.
  • Freeda recommends 1 heaped teaspoon per person to a 240ml cup.
  • With black Tea one should heat the water until boiling and infuse for 3-5 minutes.
  • I used this tea more than once so it’s great value too.

You can smell the chocolate, a rich, not sickly, deep aroma that permeates through your nostrils as you lift the cup, really enticing the tastebuds before you actually get to taste anything.  It is really heavenly.

It’s very hard to describe the taste, you get a hint of the black tea, and it’s almost like a vanilla chocolate taste, very mild, though there is no vanilla in it.  It’s subtle and elegant.  One that is easy to drink yet infuses one with a sense of richness as one does.

Visual Evidence

If you are a tea lover like me, pop along to Freeda’s web shop, she even personalises some teas for special occasions and has won some awards, go take a peek!

© Justine Nagaur, Living in East Sheen