Summer 2014 Interview – James Grayland (Wan Ling Tea House)

Wan Ling Tea House

Q1. What is your Name?

James Grayland

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

Wan Ling Tea House. I am responsible for running the UK and international business.

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

Dorset, UK and Shanghai, China.

Q4. What is your favourite Summer drink and why?

Tea. Depending on the weather and my mood, my preferences range from a first flush Darjeeling, a Dan Cong Oolong or a hand rolled Tai Ping Hou Kui green tea.

Hot/warm drinks are cooling and lightly oxidised teas refresh parts other drinks can’t reach.

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

Sat in a wood or under a tree.

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

Some teas can require attention to detail, however many are very tolerant. No matter whether you over brew or use too hot/cool water they will still taste wonderful.

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

There is a time and place for simplicity and convenience. As there is a time and place for refinement, skill and ceremony.

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

Elderflower. A traditional flower that was widely used for cordial, sparkling wine and still wine. Refreshing and fragrant.

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

Online tea shop and tea facts resource centre:
Twitter: @wanlingtea

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