Two for Teas

 

I am not a big tea drinker but I have just found a fruit tea that is going to be my all-time summer favourite.

I went along with a friend to an open day for Chantler teas which has new premises in Croesgoch,next to Croesgoch Farm Stores on the road between Fishguard and St Davids.

Liz and Barry Chantler have been in the business since 2011, working mainly from home in Fishguard, but the new place will allow more contact with their many customers and give visitors a chance to enjoy their vast knowledge and have a proper taste of their blends of teas and coffees before they buy.

While Barry was busy in the back room, I asked Liz what had started their interest in the tea business. She explained that they have travelled extensively and have always enjoyed trying teas on their travels.

“It was in Malaysia that we both had the best cup of tea ever and it inspired us to start our own business,” she says.

Looking around the new shop at all the choices on offer, I ask which of their many teas Liz likes best .

“It has to be the Abergavenny Gold,” she says. “It’s a blend of Keemum (China black tea) Assam and calendula petals. It has a strong flavoursome taste but it doesn’t over-brew and get bitter.”

What is the most popular tea they sell?

“Pembrokeshire Premium tea which is quite a conservative choice and very popular. We also sell a lot of our Earl Grey. Our Earl Grey is made using bergamot oil which gives it a very special flavour.”

My friend wants to know about detox teas.

“We do an amazing decaf tea which tastes so much better than many decaf teas on the market. Ours is processed in the green stage, and blended for flavour so it tastes like proper tea.

“If you are looking for slimming tea, our Oolong tea, which is halfway between green and black teas, is great for speeding up metabolism. And if you have digestive problems, we recommend our Moonlight tea.”

Barry arrives with the assertion – from many years of serious tea drinking and blending – that all teas will be detoxifying.

Useful to know.

My friend is enjoying a coffee. The coffee comes from Teifi Coffee at Parc Tregroes .

Barry and Liz also stock a wide assortment of Mamgu Welsh cakes, if you find your beverage is too wet without a little something extra, they could be just the thing.

As for my fave, which I mentioned at the beginning, it’s a fruit tea made with  berries.  There are many other fruit teas on offer and I am advised that they can be a healthy alternative to the cans of fizzy I am quite addicted to.

I am not really a fan of hot beverages so Liz advises making the tea overnight and putting it in the fridge for a delicious iced tea with all the sweetness and none of the toxins. You can add a drop  of sparkling water if you want a bit of fizz, but  so far I have been enjoying this one for two days now and I am not missing the poison in a can.

Oh I must also mention the alternative to sugar that the Chantlers have for sale. I had to have a bag of that too and it’s delicious.

Prices and other information: www.chantlerteas.co.uk.

Or call in to the store on a Thursday or a Friday between 10am and 3pm  for expert advice on the best tea for you. Check the days and times for the shop on the website as these days and hours will increase over the summer.

Their Welsh teas could make great presents if you are visiting the area and want something with a particular connection to Pembrokeshire.

You can also buy mugs with Barry’s own photographs on them. We’ll be featuring Barry’s photography soon in another article.

 

 

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for pembrokeshire.online, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says "Pembrokeshire.online has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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