Pure tea is a fascinating drink, not just because of its incredible flavours, but also because of how it is produced. From one and the same plant, skilled tea masters manage to produce all six types of tea and a dazzling array of different flavours without adding any chemical or natural flavours.
You’ve been warned that the title of this post has nothing to do with Game of Thrones!
Despite having a preference for tea and being intrigued by its complexities, it was only last year that I decided to delve in further and go to a tea tasting class. Although there are many options in London, I was keen on trying something memorable and, upon the recommendation of a good friend, I ended up Teanamu Chaya Teahouse, in Notting Hill.
If you’ve ever watched a wine tasting competition, you will most likely have experienced two emotions: first, a sense of total admiration for the wine sommeliers who effortlessly describe a wine’s characteristics, right down to its name and vintage after a few sips.
“If I’m in Italy, I’m going to have a cappuccino and two small brioches and then a mix of orange and grapefruit. I don’t drink tea in Italy.”
I can forgive Christian Louboutin for saying this – after all, Italy is the coffee country by definition, right?