Summer 2014 Interview – Duncan (Tip Top Tea)

Tip Top Tea

Q1. What is your Name?


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

Tip Top Tea, Manager

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

London UK, soon Brighton UK

Q4. What is your favourite Summer drink and why?

Iced tea, probably a japanese green like Gyokuro or Sencha. So refreshing, sweet and quaffable! Sometimes I cold-infuse them overnight, ready for the next day – when I’m organised that is…

Q5. What is the perfect Summer’s day setting to enjoy the drink?
Outside, in nature… Ideally. Otherwise on my balcony shaded by wind blown trees and slowly enjoying the moment, savouring each clean refreshing sip and cooling down in the breeze.

Q6. Is there a right or wrong way to prepare the drink? i.e. Never drink without ice?
Yes, get it right! At least experiment. I’m quite fussy, I weigh the leaves and try and time my teamaking when I’m working. But if I’m relaxing I like to do it properly, with all my teaware – bamboo tray, small chinese teapot, strainer, tea bowls etc. Making tea can be meditational – if you get into the ritual of it, which a proper tea set helps to do. Its relaxing and helps you appreciate and focus on every aspect of tea making, smelling the wet leaves, seeing how they open up, watching them dance in the pot etc…

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

As above, the ritual of making tea is important to me, or rather enjoyable. It allows me to feel closer to the tea, think about where it came from and when it was growing, how it arrived in my pot. How lucky we are living in the modern world that this is all so accessible to us! The current loose tea movement and modern technology has made excellent tea more available now than ever before in history! The variety and quality is out there – if you know where to look and who to buy it from (plug).

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

I guess just iced tea, made properly from real loose leaf tea. Its awesome and good for you. The key is to let it cool to room temperature before pouring over ice, or putting it in the refrigerator. Or cold infusion as I mentioned before – put 3-4g of tea in a 500ml plastic bottle with filtered (or mineral) water. Put it in your fridge for 4-6hours. Shake gently when you take it out. Boom – awesome cold infused iced tea!

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

You can visit our online shop, learn about our teas and buy online from us at

We will soon have a blog at
you can follow us on twitter @tiptoptea

I’m always happy to talk to customers and tea lovers alike! I hope to see you there, Happy tea travels, Duncan

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