Note to reader…. before you start reading the below a cup of tea in hand is essential
There is nothing quite like a cup of tea…and for anyone who knows me they will know how much I really love my tea (so much that I could have up to 10- 12 cups a day, and it has to be Thompson’s Punjana).
It’s hard to sum up what makes a cup of tea so special, but it is just one of those things that seems to help in times of stress and worry, it really is the perfect tonic to sip on when we need some advice, when we feel annoyed, in need a break, when we want to take time to unwind or take a load of our mind. A cuppa in your hand always seems to help and in some way restore more positive feelings. Does any of the above sound familiar?
“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
William Ewart Gladstone
When I think of drinking a cup of tea different things come to mind, contentment, satisfaction, comfort, happiness and not to mention great taste. It is one of those simple pleasures in life that brings about a sense of calm and promotes people to come together and talk.
Tea with my family
The other wonder of drinking tea is that you can do it alone and enjoy some quiet time in your own company or enjoy a cup with others more socially. Over the last few years ‘Afternoon tea’ has become so popular and it is makes for the perfect girly day out, where you get to enjoy lots of small bites and sweet treats over the perfect cup of tea.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
My yellow Jumper is my sister’s blog, who is also a tea addict, so I thought I would share this.
Introduction to Thompson’s Family Teas
In 1896, from a tea warehouse near Belfast docks, founder Robert S Thompson, trained in the art of tea tasting and soon became known for his uncompromising devotion to quality.
Today, Thompson’s Family Teas, who make Northern Ireland’s best-selling tea, Punjana, have been blending and packing their award-winning range in Belfast for over 120 years.
As 4th generation Thompson’s, they share this passion for quality and take great pleasure in selecting teas from only the very finest gardens in Assam, Kenya and beyond. These tea leaves are highly prized and command a greater price. These are the leaves which find their way into the Thompson’s blends.
It takes a certain amount of courage to choose what is best over what is most profitable, but the Thompson’s stay focused on sourcing only the highest quality tea leaves, and simply can’t be persuaded to do it any other way.
Their considerable success in the prestigious Great Taste Awards is undoubtedly due to their obsessive love of quality and the fact that they personally taste-test each and every blend they produce.
Alongside their Punjana blend, which launched in the 1950s with their iconic “Pick Punjana Tea” television jingle, their range of exotic loose teas have now become afternoon teas of choice in such iconic locations as the Titanic Ballroom, National Trust properties and Hastings luxury hotels.
Celebrate Local Produce
Being an ambassador for local produce it is so exciting to work with such a significant producer in Northern Ireland, who has been blending award winning tea for over 120 years. I am extremely passionate about working with local produce companies, big and small, to help celebrate and promote their unique offering. Being born and reared in Co.Tyrone, I am very proud of where I am from and all what we have to offer. Our offering is world class, making it very attractive and interesting, not only for our locals and visitors to our regions, but also to a global audience who have an appreciation for quality food and drink along with rich culture and heritage. Its time for us all to celebrate and shout about our home-grown classics and to spread the word.
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Next ‘Tea For Thought’
The next ‘Tea for Thought’ series will be posted next Wednesday 26th July at 10.30, which focuses on ‘how to make the perfect cuppa’…so have a cuppa at the ready.
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