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Whittington’s Tea Emporium at Noodle House

Whittington’s Tea Emporium at Noodle House Kyle Whittington is a modern tea merchant. He imports the finest of teas and he educates and amuses his audience. You could say he teases with teas. Although the custom of tea drinking dates back thousands of years in China, it was not until the 17th century that tea first appeared in England. It has been overshadowed by coffee but it’s now enjoying a revival.

Kyle is becoming something of a tea institution. His food and tea pairing events are unique and popular. Kyle is offering an engaging experience appealing to those who want to learn more. There are no spittoons or technicalWhittington’s Tea Emporium at Noodle House discussions of chemical interactions, although Kyle is an encyclopaedia of tea facts. His evenings are light, informative and deliciously garnished.

This particular evening found us sipping teas from China: The Noodle House blend of White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) accompanied by Vegetable Spring Roll. This very light tea was a good choice with the robust soy sauce. The Noodle House blend of Lime Green tea followed, accompanied by Wasabi Prawns. This is a delicate but striking tea that also works as a cold infusion. Kyle teaches brewing techniques and even how to make tea using cold water.

Lapsang Souchong from the Canton Tea Company served with Chargrilled King Prawns was a triumph. The smokiness of the tea complemented the rich buttery seafood. The Noodle House blend of Jasmine Star tea offered with Javanese Nasi Goreng was a fragrant marriage and demonstrated the difference between quality jasmine tea and that which we likely consume at our local Chinese restaurant. Kyle described the process of producing these remarkable teaWhittington tea leaves.

The Noodle House blend of Posh Earl Grey comes from Sri Lanka and accompanied Sweet and Sour Crispy Chicken. I had assumed that all Earl Grey was posh but this particular blend was a cut above others. It was aromatic with vibrant notes of bergamot, the key additive which gives this tea its instantly recognisable characteristics. Although the country of origin is Sri Lanka the tea is still described as Ceylon tea, referring to the pre-independence name for the island.

Future dates for The Noodle House Tea and Asian food pairings are the first Tuesday of the month starting with 3rd March, 7th April, 5th May, 2nd June.

Whittington’s Tea Emporium has a delightful liaison with The Noodle House every month, but there is another intriguing event each month and that finds Kyle pairing cheese with tea. It seems an unlikely partnership but I have heard that the combination is astounding with not only tea’s flavour palate working with the lactic saltiness of cheese, but also the heat of the tea adding another dimension.

Tea and Cheese is held in a small cheese shop in Greenwich. That might seem an unlikely neighbourhood for an association with tea but in fact there is a strong link. In the early 1800s ships carrying tea from the Far East toWhittington’s Tea Emporium at Noodle House Britain could take over a year to return with their valuable cargo. When the East India Company was given the tea monopoly in 1832, they had to cut the time of these voyages. They used Tea Clippers which could reach nearly 18 knots. The most famous of these clipper ships was the Cutty Sark, built in 1868 and now on show at Greenwich.

Tea and Cheese in Greenwich is offered on every last Tuesday of the month: 24th February, 31st March, 27th April and 19th May.

There will also be another venue: Tea and Cheese in Notting Hill on Wednesday 11th February, with more dates to follow.

For more information visit Whittington’s Tea Emporium here

Visit Noodle House here

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