The Dragonfly Tea book “Brewed with a view…” lets you enjoy the best views of the United Kingdom with a perfectly paired, limited edition, tea type.
It is aimed to encourage people to slow down and soak in their surroundings. This sounded very interesting to us, so we got hold of a copy of the guidebook to see what it was all about.
Join the Dragonfly Tea Party
Dragonfly Tea is a family owned British tea company with over 100 years expertise in growing and sourcing teas. And now they’ve send their experts on a quest to match the tastes and stories of tea leaves with iconic British views in order to “heighten enjoyment of both tea and place”. Their research resulted in a book that was written in collaboration with the British Guild of Travel Writers, the UK’s leading organisation of travel media professionals.
Matches between places and teas are based on complementary aromas, scenery connected to the flavours of the tea, or affinities between the place and the colourful histories of the teas.
The booklet comes with a selection of different types of tea. All loose leaf teas, ranging from Green Tea, to Black Tea, White Tea and even Darjeeling Tea, Oolong Tea, Aged Tea and Caffeine Free Tea.
Superadditivity: Multi-sensory Experiences to Stimulate your Senses
Dragonfly based their selection of loose leaf tea combined with UK locations on the principle of the science of ‘superadditivity’, or probably better known to you as multi-sensory experiences. It’s (in short) when our brains are activated more than usual, because our senses are stimulated in more than just one way (too just see or to just hear something).
The more super additive an experience is, the more you will remember it, because you are intensifying the moment. You can say you’re really building an emotional relationship to that specific place or moment you’re in.
According to a study by the Fragrance Foundation, people only recall about 50% of the visual images they see after three months, but they can remember more 65% of what they smell even after a year has passed! And when you combine touching objects in combination with seeing, hearing, tasting & smelling… you can imagine your brain is going wild!
You probably have the same: how different can you experience drinking a beer at home in a can, to drinking with friends in a pub where you can see the beer coming from the tap, or even the difference to drinking a beer from a glass or plastic cup? What would you enjoy more and thus remember longer?
source :: lullaby of birdland
Brewed with a View: Take in the Moment & Slow Down
I’ve written on the blog about Mindfulness before and in my own life, I’m constantly struggling between a very high work pace, travelling a lot and finding the time to truly unwind.
Tea is all about gentle awareness, pleasure and relaxation and I definitely always feel calmer after a cup. Living in the UK I’ve noticed their slight obsession with tea and even though I don’t feel the need to drink a cup every day (and definitely NOT with milk in it), I can see why they appreciate it so much here. Life is rushed and it’s good to sit down every now and then and simply enjoy the moment.
As a travel writer, I’m always curious to figure out how we can enhance the experience on the road and this whole concept of multi-sensory experiences ánd that of slow tea fascinates me.
On average, we dip our tea bag in for about 18 seconds, followed by gulping down the cup quickly so that we can get on with whatever we were doing. But what if we paused for a few minutes and took that time to compose ourselves? We would definitely get a bit more positive energy from the experience, won’t we?
source :: jen roffe
After a page-filling photo on the left side, the right side of the booklet gives you a short introduction to the history and significance of the place, followed by a description of the perfect tea match and how to brew it.
Have a peek:
Drinking tea at the Roman Baths in Bath – Just imagine feeling the warmth of the cup, while looking around and see you’re surrounded with Roman architecture, tasting the flavour of the tea while hearing the chatter of people walking around and smelling the mist coming from the heated water in the spring…
Best Teas to Drink Around the UK
The book provides a selection of different tea types to enjoy at several places around the United Kingdom, here are a some of them:
Ghostly goings-on in Scottish Towers and Turnets – With Darjeeling Loose Tea Leaves
Botanical beauty in the city of Glasgow – With Green Tea Loose Tea Leaves
If you are interested in a copy of the dragonfly tea guidebook, it is available at local tourist information offices for free (on a first-come, first-served basis), as well as online at dragonflytea.com, priced £10.98.
The ten loose teas are also available to buy individually in tins. Please click here to view.
Disclaimer: We kindly received a free copy of the book & tea packages for review purposes & a copy to give away to one of our readers. All opinions are, as always 100% our own.
source :: time for tea