Autumn 2014 Interview – James (Wan Ling Tea House)

Wan Ling Tea House

Q1. What is your Name?


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

Wan Ling Tea House

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

Blandford, Dorset, UK; Shanghai, China; Woolonggong, NSW, Australia

Q4. What is your favourite Autumn drink and why?

Difficult to say I have one favourite. Certainly my tastes change season to season. I would say in the autumn I tend to enjoy darker teas. There is something very comforting and reassuring about a dark Oolong such as our WuYi Jin Yao Shi.

Wan Ling and I also enjoy some home-made Chai tea, this is a blend of Keemun and Dian Hong black teas with our classic chai along with a selection of extra spices. These are cooked together for at least an hour to make warming concoction.

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

After a long morning walk being surrounded by the yellow and golden fallen leaves of a Dorset wood, to return home to enjoy a hot cup of tea by the open fire.

Q6. What contributes to receiving a high quality drink?

Talking from a tea perspective, there are numerous factors that contribute to a high quality drink. The speciality loose leaf tea market has been through a revolution in the last 5 years. Consumers now have access to a wide range of great speciality suppliers. However there is still much more for suppliers to do in terms of education, transparency and service.

It is down to a brand to deliver a product that fulfils the customers needs, delivers an experience that exceeds the customer’s expectations, at a price which means the customer can come back enjoy the product/s again and again.

It is exciting to think about the all the opportunities for the tea market in the next 5 years. Ultimately it will be the consumer who wins. More great tea for all!

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

First drink of the day is honey water. A tablespoon of natural honey with warm water. Healthy, tasty and gets you up and going.

Q8. Do you order a different drink whilst travelling?

A lot of our travelling is in China. China is an amazing place for the tea lover. Everywhere supplies free boiling water, even on the trains and planes. We take our travel cups with us and can enjoy our favourite teas wherever we are, from morning to night. Much taster than ready to drink (RTD) products, a lot healthier and better for the environment.

Q9. Where can people find out more about you?

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