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Focus: Yorkshire Gold Tea

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Yorkshire Gold Tea is a tea blend produced by Taylors of Harrogate.  This company is one of the few remaining family owned businesses dealing in coffee and tea merchants left in the UK.  With Brits being well known for their tea consumption and appreciation, you can be fairly certain that a tea blended and produced by such a well known and long time tea merchant is almost guaranteed to be of excellent quality.

The tea itself is marketed as the perfect breakfast tea, though of course it tastes just as good no matter what time of the day you drink it. Yorkshire Gold is a blend of tea, with the teas coming from Assam, India; Rwanda and East Africa. A very popular tea, the flavor is a little malty giving it a very full bodied taste. When brewed it is brown colored and, being full bodied it is also quite a strong tea thus better prepared with a little milk and sugar rather than drinking it as a black tea without condiments.  Considered to be both a premium and luxury tea, it is available in tea bags or as loose leaf tea.

While many teas brewed from teabags can be called mediocre at best, this tea will not disappoint. Each tea bag yields a rich, dark tea that can be enjoyed without becoming bitter providing, of course, that the tea is brewed properly. One of the main reasons people become disappointed with premium teas, such as this, is that they do not brew the tea correctly.

How to Make Yorkshire Gold Tea

First of all, the most important part of brewing tea is to start with freshly boiled water. When stating ‘freshly’ brewed, I mean just that. Do not reuse water in a kettle over and over again by simply putting it on the stove to reboil as the resultant boiled water will be less oxygenated, thus any tea brewed with that water will taste a little flat.  Pour fresh water into a kettle and boil it once to make your tea. Do that each time you make new tea for the best results.

Tea Bag and Mugs:  Put your tea bag into the mug and pour the boiling water over it. Do not do it the other way around.  Leave the tea bag in the water for two to three minutes and then use a teaspoon to scoop it out. You may want to squeeze it against the side of the mug once before taking it out of the mug.

Tea Bag in a Teapot: The first step is to warm the teapot with hot water.  Pour some in and splash it around a little to warm the teapot, then tip it out. Next, place in your teabags and pour freshly boiled water into the teapot.  For Yorkshire Gold it is recommended that you place two teabags into a four cup teapot. If you have a two cup teapot, just use one teabag.  Let it sit for two to three minutes, depending on how strong you want the tea, then pour it into your mug or cup.

Loose Leaf Tea in a Teapot: If you prefer to brew loose leaf tea the instructions are basically the same. Start off with a warmed teapot, then add one teaspoon of loose leaf tea plus one extra “for the pot” and then pour freshly boiled water over the tea leaves. Let it sit for two to three minutes and then pour your tea out into your cup or mug. You may want to pour the tea through a tea strainer so that you do not get tea leaves in your pot. Alternatively, you could use a tea infuser to brew your tea.

Where to Buy Yorkshire Gold Tea

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If you live in the UK you will find Yorkshire Gold Tea available at most supermarkets in either teabag form or as loose leaf tea.  Packs of 40, 80, 160 and 240 teabags are available. Loose leaf tea is available in 250gm packs.   If you do not live in the UK, fortunately you are still able to buy this fine tea online. Amazon carries a complete range of all of the Yorkshire teas, including Yorkshire Gold.

It is also sold through distributors in the following countries:

New Zealand
South Korea

To find who is distributing it in the countries above, here is a pdf document listing addresses and telephone numbers.

Many people, outside of the UK, find that it is simplest to locate the tea online and buy direct. Prices are reasonable and delivery times are usually fairly short.

Aside from enjoying the tea personally, many people who have tea houses, restaurants or bed and breakfast motels also offer this tea to their customers, as a full bodied British tea. While not as well known, perhaps, as some other famous teas such as Darjeeling, Ceylon or Earl Grey, it is definitely growing in popularity especially now that it is readily available worldwide.