Expand your tea horizons
University isn’t just about boozing it up. When you’re not out on the lash, your daily cup of tea will be your regular liquid saviour during essays, research and library time. Although you can’t beat a good cup of char, there are plenty of other cuppas out there. Become a tea-dabbling connoisseur with our tasty tea catalogue.
After a decent cup of the Earl’s brew, you can forget all about normal tea. Infused with the citrusy flavours of the bergamot orange, Earl Grey makes PG Tips taste bland and wishy-washy. If it’s good enough for the nobility, it’s good enough for you. You can also have a taste of the Earl’s missus with a mug of Lady Grey – a speciality Twinings brew with a hint of lemon and Seville orange.
Perfect for: Summery afternoons
If you like cinnamon, spice and all things nice, get some chai tea down you. Sweet and milky, chai tea, to quote Twinings, really is “like having Christmas in a cup”.
Perfect for: Winter evenings
Green tea is a bit of a wonder-drink, hailed by many as a miraculous elixir. Although it’s not clear whether or not green tea really can prevent cancer, aid weight-loss or cure arthritis, one thing is sure – green tea is packed full of antioxidants. It’ll flush out your body and leave you feeling refreshed. Green tea is a bit of acquired taste, but fortunately it comes in a myriad of different varieties, such as lemon infusions, orange and lotus flower, cranberry, ginger, pineapple, blueberry... you name it...
Perfect for: Post-hangover detox
Fruity teas are not only refreshing, but they also look more exciting than your average cup. Available in an endless cocktail of different flavours, fruity teas are drunk without milk or sugar, for a piquant, refreshing taste. Although you’ll find everything from mango and strawberry to blackberry and nettle, they all taste kind of the same. A bit like a less-disgusting Lemsip.
Perfect for: Overcoming freshers’ flu
Camomile tea is soothing and delicate – exactly what you’d expect from a tea brewed from flowers. You can drink it alone, or infused with complementary flavours – honey and lemon are popular favourites. Camomile is traditionally used as a sleep-aid, making this a good tea for de-stressing.
Perfect for: Essay deadline time
Rooibos, or redbush tea, is a South African blend with similar health-benefits to green tea. Its taste isn’t too dissimilar to traditional black tea. It is malty, with delicious woody tones – although some people complain that it tastes a bit like twigs.
Perfect for: Reminiscing about your African gap yah
Grown in China, white tea is alleged to be one of the oldest teas in tea-brewing history. It has a resplendent past, once reserved exclusively for Chinese emperors. It is made from the young, unopened buds of the tea plant – legend has it that virgins were once charged with the picking of these buds, so as not to crush them. It tastes light and slightly sweet, and is caffeine-free.
Perfect for: Unashamed decadence
Tea doesn’t get much more refreshing than a peppermint cuppa. Leave it to brew for extra minty freshness.
Perfect for: Bad breath
If you’re too boring to completely break away from your usual cup of tea, treat yourself to a bit of Assam. Imagine Tetley, but richer and stronger.
Perfect for: Tea conservatives