Jenier World of Teas

If you go on to the Lipton Tea website, it tells you in small print that ‘Tea is not a substitute for fruits or vegetables, which provide a wide range of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Please consult your doctor regarding a diet/nutritional plan that is right for you’. I wonder if wine has the same confined nutritional value? Surely not…

Meanwhile I had to go to Wikipedia to confirm a ghost of a rumour; that Thomas Lipton was a Glaswegian. Raised in the Gorbals he finished his life as a Knight Commander of the Victorian Empire.  He is buried in our Necropolis; I may need to make a pilgrimage.

So it turns out that tea and the west of Scotland have an intertwined geneaology – made all the stronger by Jenier World of Teas which is head-quartered in Renfrewshire.  Quite simply, Jenier Teas are delightful.

It was a just-mild-enough Spring afternoon when my friend and I sat outside to diligently ‘cup’ (as serious tea tasting is called) samples of Jenier Tea.  Our first cupping was the Japan Sencha Green Tea.   It smelled woody and grassy and just like I remember Japan smelled. Yet despite really wanting to like it, the aftertaste was just too bitter for either of us.  Perhaps a ritual green tea consumer would do better with this one.

The China Pai Mu Tan White Tea on the other hand was delicate and sweet.  It was a lovely grey colour with only a slight tannin finish.  Perfect for a lazy afternoon in the garden.

The best came last:  Mayimagesfair English Breakfast Tea.  This was just as tea should be:  medium bodied, with balanced flavours and not too astringent.   The small Safflower petals mixed in not only made it look pretty, but gave it a sweet finish.  This tea could make any occasion special – I polished off my sample bag of this all too quickly.

The aggregate result of our Spring tea cupping session?  While I may take my hat off to Sir Thomas Lipton for his entrepreneurial spirit, I raise my tea cup to Jenier Teas for its taste.

This is a site about books and about tea, and how we should read more books and drink more tea. Sometimes, it's hard to know what books to read and what tea to drink. This is where I can help out.


  1. George Falconer

    I must say that your foray in cupping makes me look at my Lipton tea bags in a different light.

  2. George Falconer

    I would like to know the benefits of white tea which I have heard mentioned in glowing terms. Anyone any idea?

    • Here is a bit about health benefits of white tea (from Body + Soul). In summary, its like green tea but better!

      White tea contains the same types of antioxidants as green tea, but in greater quantity. These antioxidants are found to have many health promoting properties including boosting cardiovascular health, helping to lower cholesterol, reducing the risk of cancer and enhancing weight loss. The caffeine component of green tea has been shown to have a positive effect on green tea’s ability to help with weight loss – so choosing green over white in this instance maybe more beneficial as green tea contains slightly more caffeine. Green tea contains around 20g of caffeine, compared to white that has around 15g. In comparison, black tea contains around 45mg.

      White tea also tastes different to green, having a smoother, gentler, almost sweet taste.

      Green tea is definitely an extremely healthy addition to the diet. I think the reason more people recommend green tea over white is that it has been studied extensively; it’s more common plus it’s easier and cheaper to buy.

      However, considering white tea contains more antioxidants and less caffeine, white tea would be an even healthier choice. A tip when buying white or green tea: choose organic as the tea plant readily absorbs fluoride from pesticides.

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