Jersey Fine Tea

We are an artisan Jersey tea company sustainably growing high quality terroir-driven teas on the island. Our gentle marine climate slows the growth of the Camellia sinensis tea bush, encouraging its roots to reach deeply for the natural nutrients that enhance the finished tea.

We simply encourage what nature provides. We hand pluck only the tender young leaves and buds, which are then carefully prepared to generate the nuanced aromas and flavours that evoke our unique island terroir, and make Jersey Fine Tea so fine.

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Finally, it’s arrived! The 2nd edition of Will Battle’s brilliant The World Tea Encyclopaedia is available to buy now on Amazon, The Book Depository and Waterstone's websites.

Just the perfect Christmas present, particularly when partnered with gorgeous tea from Jersey Fine Tea.😊

My first edition of this fantastic book is worn through from constant use. Battle writes beautifully but it's also a comprehensive and very informative book. 



Here’s what Battle had to say about Jersey Fine Tea:

“Jersey Fine Tea are cultivating tea from seed in three microclimates amounting to six acres, a planting area of some significance in the European context. The teas are beautifully-made and stand up very well to their peers from traditional origins. The sublime Pai Mu Tan style white tea carries seductive violet perfumed notes, a wok-fired green is full of sappy sweetness recalling the green Mao Jian teas of Hunan, whilst the black balances elements of Keemun perfume with a malty note.”



Trying to play it cool, but we're more than a little excited about this! 🎉🍵

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A wistful hark back to spring when Alicia was experimentally rolling the first leaves of 2020 and figuring out how to coax out the most delectable of flavours.

Bring on spring 2021.😷🌱

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Jersey Fine Tea is now available to buy at Dunell’s Premier Wines in Beaumont or online at www.dunells.com

Pick up a pack at the counter and you’ll have the perfect antidote to one too many of Dunell’s finest!

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New Journal post on terroir and tea! https://jerseyfinetea.com/tea-terroir/

It’s a brief introduction to a concept that’s somewhat mysterious, very important and often discussed.

Terroir is what drove the French to set up the AOC system (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) to define wine according to where it’s produced and to protect its status. It’s why Jersey Royal potatoes have a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) as do some olive oils and cheeses.

Tea, unfortunately, is not yet well protected although fine tea certainly expresses terroir. The only teas to date with protected origins are Darjeeling and Long Jing, partly because of their unique and wonderful character, but also to protect them from fraud.

It’s not even scratching the surface of the world of fine teas, but it’s a beginning. More to come on this subject!

See the link in the bio for the blog post.
https://jerseyfinetea.com/tea-terroir/

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Ever dreamt of a career in tea?🌱

Learn how our tea maker Alicia Gentili forged her path in our Tea Journal: https://jerseyfinetea.com/qa-with-the-tea-maker/

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We love a good news tea story and there are plenty of them around!

Today, a Tea Advisory Panel report published in The Express shows that drinking 4-5 cups of tea per day can increase the good bacteria in your gut in as little as a 1-2 days.😲 That’s a lot more fun than pill-popping for a few months.

Also reported was the antimicrobial effects of tea drinking on the upper gastrointestinal tract. In short, tea drinking helps freshen the palate, fights dental decay and bad breath. 😷👏

We drink tea because we adore it, but love that it’s keeping us fresh too!✨😀🌱

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www.jerseyfinetea.com is now live!🎉

We are delighted to have launched our website for selling our single-estate, speciality teas.



It’s been a long time coming – 5 years since conception, 3 years since planting and a lot of trial and error while processing – but we’ve made it.😅🌱

Our teas are 100% Jersey-grown. Produced from 3 small gardens across the island, hand picked and gently processed in small batches to generate the nuanced aromas and flavours that evoke our unique island terroir.😊

Let us know what you think!🍵

Missing the sizzle of the leaves and the intense aromas thrown from the cast-iron wok during #killgreen – the step used to stop oxidation of the raw tea leaves during green-tea processing.🌱

Still, we’ve some very lush green tea to console ourselves until spring.🍵😃

Time-poor and feeling frantic. Overworked, underplayed. Weary and worn.

Tea has the answer.

I’m boiling the kettle, warming the pot, sprinkling in leaves, listening to the water pour.

Biding my time and watching in wonder as the leaves turn and unfold.

And now, poured, the aromas beguile me, transport me. The first sip transforms me.

I am stilled. 😌🌱

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#gaiwan

Jersey Fine Tea: available to buy soon on www.jerseyfinetea.com 🌱💚

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Our new logo: a tea leaf overlaid with a teaspoon. Two staples of the tea world, which together symbolise a keyhole. Taste our tea, we’re suggesting, and unlock a little taste of Jersey.☺️🌱

We hope you like it! We’re undecided on the colour, but otherwise happy.


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Our new logo: a tea leaf overlaid with a teaspoon. Two staples of the tea world, which together symbolise a keyhole. Taste our tea, we’re suggesting, and unlock a little taste of Jersey.☺️🌱

We hope you like it! We’re undecided on the colour, but otherwise happy.



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Our new logo: a tea leaf overlaid with a teaspoon. Two staples of the tea world, which together symbolise a keyhole. Taste our tea, we’re suggesting, and unlock a little taste of Jersey.☺️🌱

We hope you like it! We’re undecided on the colour, but otherwise happy.

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[10/27/20]   More good news about tea and health! A study cited in The Times and The Sunday Times links #flavanol consumption with reduced blood pressure and improved cardiovascular health.



Tea is rich in flavanols and it’s no surprise to learn that it’s the favourite source for us Brits. Drinking 4-5 cups a day, or eating 10 apples, will put you in the top tier of flavanol consumption. 🤸🌱😊

The study was published in Scientific Reports. It was funded by the Medical Research Council in the UK.

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Unless you enjoy tea that puts hairs on your chest, best to avoid stewing the leaves by decanting all the liquor into serving cups or a seperate carafe. That way you also get to enjoy the full flavour of subsequent, multiple infusions – one of the joys of whole-leaf tea! 🍵🍵🍵

Some say the second infusion is the best, most beautifully scented and fuller in the mouth, although in all my eagerness I do adore the first cup with its ethereal top notes.🎶🌱😊

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We’re done plucking, but never through weeding! 🌱

It’s an important job, as weeds compete with the tea bushes for space, nutrients and water – especially those large pernicious perennials that sidle up and choke the plants whenever we turn our backs… 



This one’s a goner though, whatever it is, out by the root. Satisfying! Sorry not to have captured that emotion on Alicia’s face!😊

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It’s been a bleak day, but this is a sight for sore eyes.😊

Our most successful tea bushes on this, our Gorey Hill garden, are in the distance, below the brow of the hill and sheltered by the copse of trees beneath.

Happy as Larry.🌱

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With a little rain and a lovely late warm spell, our tea bushes are still gamely giving up a few more fresh leaves. So, as long as the quality is there, we’ll just keep on plucking and processing.

Here, the leaves are being spread on a cooling machine after being fired in the wok. Cool air blows up through the holes, refreshing the leaves before they are rolled.

Quickly reducing the temperature of the leaves helps them maintain their bright colour and avoids spoiling the fresh flavours and aromas. All part of our quality control.

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Jersey Fine Tea: coming soon.

We don’t want to tease, but Jersey Fine Tea will be ready to sell soon-ish! We’re working with local designers now to spruce up our branding (who knew colour was so emotional😳) before starting on an e-commerce website.

More updates to follow, with a sneaky peek or two😉🌱

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Further to our video on 7 August, which demonstrates how to pluck tea leaves to reduce #oxidation by bending back the leaf material and snapping it off rather than roughly digging into the stem with your nails, these pictures illustrate the results of both methods of picking.

The first shot shows two tea-leaf stems after several hours of withering (in my pocket, so not our usual more delicate handling!). The stem on the right was plucked by using my nail and has blackened considerably more than the one on the left, picked by snapping back the stem.

This blackening is unwanted and uncontrolled oxidation. It’s easily avoided and a simple way to improve the quality of the pluck and finished leaf.

The second picture shows the actual withered leaves. Even after several hours, they are still green, healthy and intact – it’s only on the stem, where the cells are ruptured and exposed to air, that oxidation is accelerated. 🌱 @ Saint Brélade, Jersey

Fatality in the tea garden! 🌱

Russet-coloured leaves on evergreen tea plants is not a good look in any #teagarden!

This fatality is the result of those pesky rabbits chewing on the stem (tree guard or not). They don’t bother with the tea leaves, which taste bitter due to caffeine, a natural pesticide. 😒🐰

#rabbitattack�

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Beautiful Jersey - the perfect #staycation. Our sundowner wasn’t tea based, but it did help me sleep 😉🍹 #timeforwine

Thank you to @atlanticjersey for a swell meal and unforgettable sunset ☀️

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Here’s Alicia, explaining how to pluck the tea leaves to reduce oxidation.

Oxidation is desirable in some teas (eg black) and unwanted in others (eg green), but the important thing is to be able to control the level of oxidation achieved.

Rough plucking with your nails, crushing of leaves in overfull/hot plucking baskets and a long journey to the tea factory all accelerate oxidation, so precautions are taken to reduce these factors and maintain pristine leaves. 🌱

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Continuing our Jersey Fine Tea tour with Simpson Garden at Bouley Bay.

The view at the end of the video, beyond those formidable old oak trees, is towards a field we’ve just started planting out.

No more planting for this year while Alicia keeps watch on those fairly tender plants. Which is a relief as plucking has become an all-consuming affair – happy that our contented plants are making us work!😅🌱

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Pipon Tea Garden – a scene that’s good for the soul! 🌱

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