Tea Time with Tetley Malaysia

4 September 2017
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If you can’t live without a cup of great tea everyday, I have a good news for you! We can now savor high quality tea from Tetley, Britain’s iconic tea brand as they finally arrived on our shores. Tetley tea leaves are sourced from 11 countries across 3 continents and only young leaves and unopened buds of Camellia Sinensis were used.

Tetley Malaysia

Being the 2nd largest tea brand globally, Tetley tea prides itself for its heritage of 180 years of perfecting the fine art of blending tea. Hence, it was such a great pleasure to join the Art of Tea Blending session hosted by globally renowned Tetley Tea Master from the UK, Sebastian Michaelis, at Cocott’ @ The Greens, TTDI.


Rajat Kumar, Global Head – Business Development of Tata Global Beverages, which owns the Tetley brand

Rajat Kumar, Global Head – Business Development of Tata Global Beverages, which owns the Tetley brand, said, “We believe that all good things start with a cup of tea, be it a good day, a good conversation, or just a plain good time. It’s why we are passionate about making sure our teas are blended to perfection, every step of the way from crop to cup.”

What a tea master do everyday is to source good quality tea leaves, blend tea to maintain its consistency, and lots of tea tasting. Every blend is taste tested 8 times before it can be judged good enough to be called a quality Tetley cuppa!



Want to know how to make the perfect brew? Sebastian Michaelis shared with us. Read on!

Want to know how to make the perfect brew? Sebastian Michaelis shared with us. Read on!

The process of tea blending starts by assessing the tea leaf and tea liquid’s quality using a unique language called Uhuru. Then, they examine and grade the leaf density, color and record the shape, form and size of the leaf.

Sebastian Michaelis, Tetley Tea Master is preparing tea for his guests

Sebastian Michaelis, Tetley Tea Master is preparing tea for his guests

Tetley Tea Tasters assess the following factors of a tea liquid:

  1. Sparkle – purity of the color
  2. Color – from a deep red up to a bright yellow
  3. Body – the weight of the tea in the mouth
  4. Zing – overall liveliness of the tea on the palate
Glad to experience becoming a tea taster for the evening!

Glad to experience becoming a tea taster for the evening!

Every Tetley master blender tastes 40,000 cups of tea in a week! No wonder Sebastian Michaelis had his taste buds insured for £1 million!

A Tetley legacy where each Master Blender is handed a personal silver plated tasting spoon but must be returned when they retire. Some of the spoons were used by Master Blenders over 100 years ago.

A Tetley legacy where each Master Blender is handed a personal silver plated tasting spoon but must be returned when they retire.
Some of the spoons were used by Master Blenders over 100 years ago.

Whether your preference is Black, Green or Herbal, Tetley’s teas are perfect for any occasion with quality assured by Tetley tea tasters.

Black tea, Earl Grey and Chai are among the Tetley tea selections available in Malaysia

Black tea, Earl Grey and Chai are among the Tetley tea selections available in Malaysia

Indulge in the all-time-favourite Teh Tarik with Tetley’s Black Tea loose leaf range, specially crafted just for Malaysians by the blending masters themselves. Alternatively, add a splash of delight to your everyday routine with the robust, flavourful taste of Tetley’s English Breakfast, Earl Grey or Chai Spice.

Tetley Green Tea, Green Mint Tea or Jasmine Green Tea for green tea lovers

Tetley Green Tea, Green Mint Tea or Jasmine Green Tea for green tea lovers

The refreshing, aromatic Tetley Green Tea, Green Mint Tea or Jasmine Green Tea is an exquisite treat for the taste buds, while Camomile tea offers a mellow, relaxing way to unwind after a hard day’s work.

How to make that Perfect Brew

  1. Vessel: A thinner lipped China cup or mug is the best vessel, as it allows you to taste a fuller flavor of tea with every sip.
  2. Water: Use only once-boiled water. Re-boiling reduces oxygen levels and affects the taste.
  3. Brewing Black Tea: Tastes best when brewed in water that has reached boiling point (100 Celcius).
  4. Brewing Green Tea: Cool it! Once boiled let it cool for 2 minutes to avoid developing a bitter taste (80 Celcius).
  5. Milk: Always add the milk after the tea has fully brewed.
  6. Time: Leave the bag for at least 2 minutes. The, remove it. Do not prod and poke.
  7. Temperature: Once brewed let it cool for about 2 minutes before drinking.
  8. Storage: Always ensure that teabags are stored in an airtight container in a cool dark area.

Putting full concentration to brew my tea creation

Putting full concentration to brew my tea creation

 
Charmaine's own creation of Tetley Black tea infused with lemon and basil leaves

Charmaine’s own creation of Tetley Black tea infused with lemon and basil leaves

Each cup of Tetley tea is sure to evoke a sense of comfort, warmth and joy from the very first sip, allowing family and friends to share in memorable light-hearted moments whilst enjoying that perfect cuppa.

Cheers! Let's enjoy that perfect brew, now that you know the right way to do it!

Cheers! Let’s enjoy that perfect brew, now that you know the right way to do it!

Watch this video if you wanna know what Sebastian shared with us during the session:

What I love most about Tetley is their commitment in ensuring its process of growing, sourcing, buying and blending tea is socially fair and environmentally sustainable. They are one of the founding members of the Ethical Tea Partnership and focused on sourcing teas from Rainforest Alliance farms. Currently, more than 50% of Tetley tea worldwide is Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Where to Buy Tetley Tea in Malaysia

Tetley’s products come in a variety of distinct packaging, including String & Tag tea bags, round tea bags, teapot bags and loose tea. They are available at major hypermarkets and supermarkets across Malaysia. String & Tag tea bags and Canister tea bags are priced at a recommended selling price of RM11.90 and RM8.90 respectively. Meanwhile, tea bags, teapot bags and loose tea are priced from RM6.50, RM8.00 and RM8.90 respectively. Tetley teas are certified Halal.

Remember to bring back some Tetley tea home the next time you go for grocery shopping!

For more information, visit www.tetley.com.