Andrew's Blog

This is Andrew Gadsden's blog, with news about tea , heavily biased by my own opinions. You are invited to read, possibly enjoy and probably frequently disagree with my chaotic ramblings. If you find yourself enraged by anything I say, please have a nice cup of tea and calm down before emailing me. You might (highly unlikely) perhaps even learn a little bit about the wonderful gift of nature that we call tea.

Retailer of the Year award 2013

Retailer of the Year 2013

We won the Retailer of the Year Award at the News Business Excellence Awards last night.

- Sat 16 Feb 2013

U and non-U by Nancy Mitford

Should you put the milk in first or last?

Here's a question I'm asked several times a day. I don't mind answering it, but I thought it might save everyone time if I wrote the answer down. Should you put the milk in first or last?

- Wed 13 Feb 2013

Bergamot Orange

Illiteracy at the Daily Mail and how to make a real Earl Grey

A recent Daily Mail article by Anne Shooter was wrong on an important point. But when I attempted to correct it, I immediately hit an obstacle. The person in charge of these matters does not even know how to use an apostrophe - surely a handicap in such a job. So my helpful comments on the subject of Earl Grey were always bound to fall on deaf ears....

- Tue 12 Feb 2013

The News Business Excellence Awards

The News Business Awards Shortlist - Retailer of the Year

A kind, and sadly anonymous, customer has nominated us for the News Business Excellence Awards in the category "Retail, Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure". Thank you very much to that unknown person, and thank you to the many other customers who wrote to the newspaper in support of our nomination.

- Thu 7 Feb 2013

Why do we blend teas?

VIDEO - Why should we even bother to blend teas? Why not leave them as they are? The answer is that usually, we want consistency. Imagine if your supermarket tea tasted different every time you bought it.

- Tue 29 Jan 2013

My niece Rebecca enjoying a pancake-free day in the snow.

Why did this grandmother make pancakes with snow?

Why would you make pancakes with snow? My long-standing customer, Professor Joshua Bamfield (who writes about celebrity shoplifting, among other weightier matters) tells me that his grandmother used to make pancakes with snow. A charming but puzzling eccentricity, I thought, until the good professor reminded me that (a) batter needs to be cooled in the fridge before you make your pancakes; and (b) there were not many fridges in those days.

- Wed 23 Jan 2013

Filming the BBC's "Escape to the Country"

Filming BBC2's Escape to the Country

The TV series "Escape to the Country" came to Portsmouth to film at All About Tea this week. Here are the photos. Apparently they will screen the episode in Jan or Feb 2013. I'll let you know as soon as I find out the exact date.

- Sun 21 Oct 2012

Portsmouth Tea Video / Photo competition

Win a year's free supply of tea! Send us a PHOTO or a VIDEO about what Portsmouth Tea means to you - why you love it - why tea is important to you. Closing date 31st Oct. Winners (one per category - one photo, one video) will be announced on Guy Fawkes Night (5th Nov 2012).

- Mon 8 Oct 2012

Little Man Tea Infuser

Why Tea Infusers are the work of Satan

Would you take the advice of a Panda on what makes a decent cup of tea? I thought not. Nor would any sane person. But let me explain. There's actually a website called Bored Panda. Great name - but the advice the said beast gives on making tea is diabolical. How sad. You'd think an animal from China would know better.

- Wed 8 Aug 2012

Celebrate my birthday with a free pack of Portsmouth Tea - ends midnight 12th August

Whoopee! The Glorious 12th of August is my 37th birthday. So the very least I can do to mark this day of international rejoicing is give you a free bag of what I modestly describe as my greatest achievement: Portsmouth Tea.

- Wed 8 Aug 2012