SeaDream’s Specially Blended Loose Leaf Teas
SeaDream has introduced our own exclusive blends of loose leaf teas, created by a Master tea-blender in the UK. Having noted the trend of more guests requesting tea, as opposed to coffee, we realized that we should upgrade the quality of our onboard tea service.
Working as a team, Thomas Carlson, VP Hotel Operations, Sudesh Kishore, Corporate Chef and “our” Master tea blender settled on a selection of 12 specially blended loose teas, some being traditional while others are either quirky or wonderfully whimsical. Some examples of the selection are Captain’s Breakfast, Lapsang Souchong, Honeymoon Blend White Tea, Rhubarb Ginger Rose, Fukujyu Sencha Green Tea, Red Fruit Dream and Cool Dream.
The entire selection offers a truly exquisite full-flavor that lingers on the palate long after the last drops have been enjoyed.
Why choose loose leaf tea?
The main difference between loose teas and bagged teas is the size of the leaves. That’s what effects the resulting cup of tea. Tea leaves contain chemicals and essential oils, which are the basis for the delightful flavor of tea. When the tea leaves are broken up, those oils can evaporate, leaving a dull and tasteless tea. Typical tea bags are filled with the tiniest pieces of broken leaves, called fannings. Loose teas are typically whole leaves or at least large pieces of leaves.
On top of the leaf size, there is also the space factor. Tea leaves need space to swell, expand and unfurl. Good water circulation around the leaves is important, which doesn’t typically happen in a cramped little tea bag.