Tea rituals with Edinburgh’s Eteaket*

I think it’s a bit of an understatement to say that we’re all in need of a little treat. I mean, the past 18 months has been absolutely nightmarish for everyone, and now that the world is beginning to open back up, it’s been such a joy to get back out and about, and just feel a little bit normal. Never will I ever take meeting friends for drinks or heading out for dinner for granted ever again. Whilst we’re definitely heading in the right direction (fingers crossed), we’re not out the woods, and like most people, my stress levels have been pretty high recently – so when Edinburgh’s favourite independent tea retailer, Eteaket, sent over the loveliest box of goodies, I was giddy.

Tucked in the gift box were two tubes of rather special tea, alongside a stunning pink infuser mug. As someone who works from home, and has to have a cup of something on the go at all times, it was truly the loveliest surprise. What I love about Eteaket is the extra mile they go in making their tea truly something special, and their limited edition Chinese Tea Hearts are an absolute must have. Black Chinese Tea Leaves have been pressed into ‘tea hearts’ which are perfect for pairing with the infuser mug – just add one to the basket, pour over hot water, and voila – a perfect any time drink. Like all of their teas, the hearts are completely plastic free, and you can choose to try them individually, or in packs of 24.

The second tube contained a new-to-me variety of tea – Pu’erh Mini Too Cha Tea Cakes. Each individually packaged tea cake just needs to be unwrapped, and then used in one of Eteaket’s infuser mugs or teapots. Traditionally, the tea has been much sought after – it’s fermented and aged (much like a good wine or whisky) and the leaves are believed to aid digestion. Even after steeping for three or so minutes, the leaves can be used three or four more times, so the tea cakes are a perfect accompaniment to a busy afternoon. I’ve absolutely fallen for the tea’s earthy flavour, and the whole ritual is such a treat to enjoy.

To find out more about Eteaket, or purchase your own infuser mugs and tea cakes online, Eteaket’s website is available here.

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