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Wedgwood is synonymous with tea-drinking.
Starting with the use of Wedgwood teaware by Queen Charlotte in the mid 18th century, ‘drinking of tea’ was made fashionable among the world’s Royal households and led to Josiah Wedgwood being granted permission to style himself 'Potter to Her Majesty.’ A few years later, the Empress Catherine the Great of Russia ordered a Wedgwood service for fifty people, which consisted of 952 hand-painted pieces of gardens and English scenery.
The trend of tea drinking soon became popular with the Upper Classes of England, who began collecting Wedgwood’s celebrated teaware. By the 1840s, late suppers became increasing fashionable and the rise of ‘Afternoon Tea’ - devised by the Duchess of Bedford - created a new afternoon meal to fill the gap, consisting of teas (usually black like Darjeeling) paired with cakes, savouries and sandwiches.
Today, the Wonderlust collection of innovative teaware and tea blends delivers a new tea experience.
Wedgwood’s tea designer Bernadine Tay knows a thing or two about tea. A master tea blender and founder of Quinteassential, she started organically, selling her first teas at farmer's markets in Cheshire. Her passion and appreciation drives her love of tea by mapping blends to culture and a multisensory experience.
Here, Bernadine shares her knowledge of tea and brewing techniques so we can enjoy and appreciate the flavours in every sip.
“If you know how someone takes their tea, you’re more likely to make a stronger connection with them” – Bernadine Tay
White teas are the most simply processed of all teas, but often the most challenging to perfect. Their sweet, often fruity flavour, soft texture and thirst quenching character make them a great choice for drinking throughout the day.
Green teas have vibrant grassy flavours, sublime natural sweetness and a satisfying silky texture. Green teas are often given additional ingredients for a variety of flavours.
OOLONG / BLUE
Many consider oolong teas to be the most rewarding tea type to explore. They offer an amazing array of flavours, from light and floral to dark, rich and roasted.
Black teas offer unique richness and intensity of flavour. Delicious examples from the world's great tea regions include the fragrant Darjeeling to smooth Ceylon and other spiced varieties. The more golden and darker coloured black teas are better suited to milk – if required.
HERBAL AND FRUIT TEAS
Herbal and fruit teas are not true teas as they do not derive from the plant camellia sinensis. They are an infusion of spices, fruits, or other plant material in hot water. They do not usually contain caffeine.
For all teas it may be worth tasting the tea at 30 second intervals for best results. All loose leaf teas can be reused up to 2 more times using the same method, giving an interesting taste development.
Wonderlust Tea blends are Wedgwood’s own bespoke collection of six unique tea blends with extraordinary new flavours and aromas curated by Bernadine Tay. Each one has been carefully curated to evoke stories, places and experiences from around the world.
Here’s Wedgwood’s Tea Designer Bernadine Tay’s guide to each Wonderlust tea blend, how to brew and what to serve with the teas to bring out the extra notes and flavours.
For chocolate and cheese, we recommend using premium and locally sourced brands.
“Treasured gifts inspired by the wonders of travel”
There’s no better way to experience an invigorating blend of Wonderlust Tea than poured from a fine bone china teapot into a cup and saucer.
For the ultimate tea taking experience at home, or simply as a unique gift for a tea enthusiast, the Wonderlust collection offers teaware which includes teacups & saucers, mugs, picture frames, gift bowls, gift trays and more in six captivating designs - all inspired by the wonders of travel and Wedgwood’s heritage. Discover more about the Wonderlust collection and inspiration behind the designs HERE
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