As I mentioned in a review in June, things were moving and shaking at Tea Studio. Whittington’s Tea Emporium (WTE) recently merged with Tea Studio, and the founder of WTE, Kyle Whittington, would continue to run his popular tea events at the new Tea Studio company location at Trinity Buoy Wharf, and he planned to redesign the Tea Studio website and introduce new teas. Those changes are now complete.
You can check out Tea Studio’s new website by clicking here. The homepage is very user-friendly, as it is divided into three main sections from which you can explore Tea Studio’s tea range, teaware and up-coming tea events. It also has a menu bar at the top of the homepage with buttons to learn more about the art used on Tea Studio’s packaging, as well as links to its blog, contact page and so on.
With the release of its new website, Tea Studio has also introduced a new blend called Studio 15 Trinity Blend. To pay tribute to its new location at Trinity Buoy Wharf, which is near East India Dock, Tea Studio wanted to create a blend that reflects changes in the tea trade in Britain during the 18th century. In the early days of the tea trade, China was supplying Britain, but as trading relations soured, Britain planted tea gardens in India to try to satisfy tea demand at home. During the 18th century, the British market transitioned from reliance on Chinese black tea to Indian/Assam black tea. Some companies still have English breakfast teas that are pure Keemun because that was the original English breakfast recipe. Studio 15 Trinity Blend has Assam and Keemun, but it has one other tea to give it a nice kick. Read on to find out more about this tea.
Studio 15 Trinity Blend is a blend of Assam, Keemun and Lapsang Souchong. The blend is well-balanced with body and maltiness found in the Assam, a bit of creaminess from the Keemun and a kick of Lapsang Souchong smokiness. I find it an ideal breakfast tea. It has bigger leaves, so you might want to infuse it longer for a stronger cup. Whilst it can take a splash of milk, it is best drunk without milk. It is a smooth tea with mild tannins and well-rounded flavours. I highly recommend this tea!
In my opinion, people who like earthier, dark-roasted coffees (e.g. Sumatra coffee) might find this a good/lighter alternative to their morning java.
Infusion times: 2m, 2m 15s, 3m with 95C water
Retail price: 50 grams for £7.65 / 100 grams for £14.45