Autumn 2014 Interview – Debbie Nichol (Blue Samovar Teas)

Blue Samovar Teas

Q1. What is your Name?

Debbie Nichol

Q2. What is the name of your blog or organisation?

Blue Samovar Teas

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol, UK

Q4. What is your favourite Autumn drink and why?

Autumn makes me reach for the caddy containing the sturdiest of teas. Malty Assam or a blend of Assam and African teas, such as our Old Sod’s tea (named after our home town, you understand!). We Brits tend to love our teas strong and with milk and I’m no exception on this one. But I’ll pass on the sugar – need to think about my waistline!

Q5. What is the perfect Autumn day setting to enjoy the drink?

A crisp, bright Autumnal day when the sun is shining but the temperature is only just above freezing! Take the dog out for a walk, head home to a warm house and pop the kettle on. Our local bakery, Hobbs House does a fantastic Apple Streusel slice and it’s the perfect sweet treat for a sturdy cuppa.

Q6. What contributes to receiving a high quality drink?

For me, it’s all in the brew. I’m always saddened by a good quality tea that hasn’t been brewed with care so it’s either stewed or too wishy-washy! So head for a tea room where they know the importance of brew time, strength and of course, the quality of tea. And definitely loose leaf – no teabags for me please!

Q7. What drink do you start your day with and why?

I’m blessed to have a husband who brings me a cuppa in the morning – albeit coffee! He’s an early bird so the coffee goes some way to compensate for waking me up while it’s still dark…

Q8. Do you order a different drink whilst travelling?

I’m always on the hunt for regional teas and infusions when I travel abroad. On a recent trip to the Indian Ocean, I was served a wonderful Ginger infusion. Just ginger, hot water and sugar syrup. It was the perfect strength of ginger – warming and refreshing. However, the exact recipe was a bit lost in translation and I’ve been unable to replicate the taste. I’ll keep experimenting!

Q9. Where can people find out more about you?

Our website is packed full of quality teas and tea-making accessories: www.bluesamovar.co.uk

You can also keep up to date with us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluesamovarteas

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