Summer 2014 Interview – Debbie Nichol (Blue Samovar Teas)

Blue Samovar Teas

Q1. What is your Name?

Debbie Nichol (Blue Samovar Teas)

Q2. Do you represent a business? If yes, what is the name and your role.

Yes – I co-own and co-run the business.

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, UK

Q4. What is your favourite Summer drink and why?

It’s a tough choice. It needs to be light and refreshing. I could go for an infusion such as Sunshine Rooibos with orange peel and lemongrass, or Lemongrass and Ginger which is both soothing and thirst-quenching but I’m going to plump for our Samovar Grey. It’s a blend of Earl Grey and Jasmine Flowers. Light, fragrant, and very refreshing.

Q5. What is the perfect Summer’s day setting to enjoy the drink?

I like to take time out on a sunny Friday, sit out on the tea terrace and drink Samovar Grey with a slice of lemon trickle cake.

Q6. Is there a right or wrong way to prepare the drink? i.e. Never drink without ice?

Brew for 3-4 minutes, and then serve it straight, or with a slice of lemon, or even skinny milk. It’s a really versatile brew!

Q7. Is the presentation of the drink important? i.e. ceremony, type of glass, setting.

I’m a bit of a purist, so I like my to brew my leaves loose in a pot, and serve into bone china – a mug or cup will do. Closing your eyes and saying ‘aaah’ after the first taste is obligatory!

Q8. Is there a Summer’s day drink that you feel is underrated? If so, why?

Moroccan Mint green tea. If you feel like you’ve had too much sun and need calming, it’s the perfect brew. Always best with a snip of sugar for an authentic feel of North Africa.

Q9. Where can people find out more about you? i.e. shop address, Twitter username, website url

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