Pluckley Tea 40 Tea Bags
Brewed with water at 90 Degrees, let the flower unfurl do not remove flower. This is can be steeped a number of times.
The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company are proud to present our flagship brew - Pluckley Tea. Enjoy this incredible blend of Assam and Kenya Tea 40 times over. Experience the combined taste of two of the most famous and delectable teas in the world. Embrace every sip knowing our beautiful Pluckley Tea has been lovingly created through our nurturing hands here in the middle of the stunning Kentish countryside.
Every one of our teas is packed to fresh, and naturally, Pluckley Tea is no exception. This quality-assured beverage boasts strong malty flavours with defined earthy characteristics, reminiscent of the magnificent landscapes in which both teas grow. Pluckley Tea was the creation of Mr. Richard Smith upon his return from India in the late 1970’s. Originally operating from his home in Pluckley, the most haunted village in England, Mr. Smith began by blending tea for a local shop.
With the help of his mother, Mrs Janet Smith, as well as a few others, Richard hand-packed tea bags from chests of ten thousand into packages of either 40 or 80 tea bags. This eventually became known as our very own Pluckley Tea. Since 1982, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company has operated from the nearby business estate of Pivington Mill, maintaining its Pluckley roots. To this day, Pluckley Tea is a story unto itself, and represents the best we have to offer. So, why not share with your friends and family the Spirit of Pluckley? Buy online or come visit us in store. Alternatively, Pluckley Tea, either in tea bag form or in loose leaf, can be found in a multitude of shops, cafes, and delicatessens nationwide owing to its immense popularity.
Assam: a state in India with an extraordinary history. Located to the northeast of the country, Assam has been closely associated with tea production for around 200 years. In fact, it is the home of Indian tea. In 1823, a Scottish explorer and merchant called Robert Bruce stumbled upon tea leaves growing near Rangpur (present-day Sivasagar). The leaves were eventually passed down to his brother, Charles Alexander Bruce, for further examination. Further studies at the Calcutta Botanical Gardens confirmed the existence of a new tea plant species, Camellia sinensis var assamica, unique to India. Sadly, Robert Bruce passed away in 1824, before he had the chance to bear witness to the fruits of his labour.
Yet his legacy survived, and by the late 1830’s, ‘The Assam Company’ was formed in England. Today, this company is the oldest of its kind in Assam, its headquarters based in Nazira, India. By 1862, just 39 years after the discovery of Indian Tea, the Assam Tea Industry comprised of 160 gardens, which were owned by five public companies and 57 private companies. Then, in 1947, India rightfully attained independence from Britain, resulting in a mass ‘changing-of-hands’. British-owned establishments were passed down to Indian entrepreneurs, and over the next 70 years, the Assam Tea Industry would flourish under new management. Despite this, political upheaval has often plagued the state. Increased militancy in Assam has had a momentous impact on Assamese exports, with many tea gardens abandoned due to uncertain conditions. But Assam Tea has prevailed, and now makes up 55% of India’s total tea output. To this day, it remains one of the most popular teas in the entire world.
Kenya: a country situated in East Africa. Compared with the entire history of tea, which dates back nearly 5,000 years, Kenya is considered somewhat of a ‘newcomer’. Yet what it lacks in age it makes up for in quality. Tea production in Kenya began in just 1903. Like Assam Tea, the tea plants harvested from were, and still are, Camellia sinensis var assamica. Of the 550,000 tea farmers in Kenya today, most are small estate owners as opposed to larger scale corporations. It is no real surprise, then, that Kenya Tea is the top foreign exchange earner for the Kenyan economy, followed by horticulture, tourism, and Kenyan coffee.
Much of Kenya’s tea is grown in the highlands west of the Rift Valley at high altitudes between 1,500 and 2,700 metres. In particular, the Kericho region is especially important for tea production, as well as the highlands east of the Rift Valley and much of Central Kenya. On a whole, Kenya exported $680.6 million US dollars’ worth of tea in 2016. This accounted for 10.4% of the world’s total tea exports, only behind Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, at US$1.3 billion (19.2%) and China at US$1.5 billion (22.8%). The UK imports over 50% of its tea from Kenya, a small percentage of which will pass through The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Combined with the finest quality Assam Tea, you have a match made in heaven. Buy our Pluckley Tea today.
Type of Tea: Black Tea Bags.
Origin: Black Tea Leaves from Assam, India, and Kenya, Africa.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Milk, sugar, honey, lemon - the choice is yours! However, we prefer it best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: Pluckley Tea 40 Tea Bags consist of a malty-earthy fusion of flavours, offering a soft yet well-rounded taste.
Colour in Cup: Deep coppery liquor with ruby highlights, light in tone.
Health Benefits: While studies are still in the preliminary stage, researchers have found a remarkable correlation between Black Tea consumption and reduced risks of Cancer. In 2015, a meta-analysis found that drinking a cup of tea a day (no matter the type) reduced the risks of developing cancer by 2%. Those who drank the most tea, on the other hand, had a 21% lower cancer risk than those who drank none. It’s important to note, though, that The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company do not endorse the consumption of tea for this purpose. Furthermore, the antioxidant strength of any Black Tea type can improve cardiovascular health. Antioxidants can combat free radicals in the body, which are harmful unpaired electrons capable of damaging your system. By consuming Pluckley Tea, you can reduce the risks of Coronary Heart Disease.
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening