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whole leaf & our tea temple

Whole leaf tea

whole leaves

At teapigs, we make a big thing about using quality real tea. By quality real tea, we mean whole leaf tea, whole leaf herbs and whole flowers.

It's all about the flavour. The tea in regular tea bags has been squashed, chopped and manhandled so, by the time it reaches your cup, almost all the flavour is lost. We don't think that's very nice. The whole leaves, herbs and flowers in our tea temples have been handled gently and with love, to maintain every drop of that precious flavour.

Louise, our tea taster, has spent over a decade slurping tea - some lovely, some not so lovely. Her job is to make sure that teapigs whole leaf teas are always the very best.

Our tea temple

The teabag was an inspired idea; convenient, clean, simple to use and, in our opinion, one of the greatest inventions before, and since, sliced bread.

But we know that whole leaf tea just doesn't work in regular paper teabags. This bothers us, as whole leaf tea gives you a far better cuppa.

We're also pragmatic, knowing full well that not everyone has the time to make tea the ‘proper' way, what with all that pot warming, deciding who will be mother, etc. So we went looking for an alternative; something that would give us all the convenience of a teabag but with all the taste of real whole leaf tea.

And so the tea temple was born – a roomy, biodegradable mesh bag, which offers all the space whole leaves need to infuse properly.

Tea temple

We love our tea temple, but it's essentially the tea inside which makes all the difference. We know it's easy to fall for the charms of a fancy looking tea bag but, without the greatest quality whole leaf tea inside, it just isn't the full package.