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WHERE TO ENJOY SAICHO

WHERE TO ENJOY SAICHO

Chances are if you live in London or Hong Kong, Saicho is just stocked round the corner from you! We’re finding new homes everyday and strive to serve award-winning sparkling tea at all your favourite hotels, bars and restaurants. With warmer weather, longer days and brighter smiles, we want to highlight some popular spots to enjoy Saicho this summer! China Tang is the epitome of art deco elegance, serving some of the best authentic Cantonese dishes in London. Their afternoon tea has the utmost sophistication featuring both hot and cold brewed tea. Find us there for an unforgettable experience with our...

WHERE TO ENJOY SAICHO

Join the team!

Join the team!

The Saicho team is growing! We are looking for a talented and experienced marketing professional to join the team. The Head of Marketing will work closely with Saicho’s founders to create and deliver the global marketing strategy for the brand. This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual who is eager to join a fast-growing, disruptive business in the drinks industry. For more info, visit our Careers page.

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Women’s History Month: Women in the Tea Industry

Women’s History Month: Women in the Tea Industry

Women are an instrumental part of entrepreneurship and will continue to lead change for years to come. In the last 20 years female entrepreneurs have increased by 114% - that’s around 252 million women, and another 153 million operating well-established businesses. Heading back to our roots of tea, we want to highlight and give thanks to women who have shaped the tea industry.    Catherine of Braganza made tea in England such a ‘thing’. It took one woman to introduce the beverage before it could become so popular. She was a Portuguese princess that married King Charles II of Great...

Women’s History Month: Women in the Tea Industry

Chinese New Year Tea Gifting

Chinese New Year Tea Gifting

For centuries, tea has brought people together. That is why we believe that tea is often the perfect gift for any occasion. This Chinese New Year we celebrate the Year of the Tiger, encompassing vitality, strength and more determination to achieve our goals. With the upcoming 12 months expected to evoke self-confidence and courage in the face of challenges, what better way than to start the year through gifting good health. The Chinese have been drinking tea to bring wellness since its discovery several thousands of years ago. Buddhist monks discovered the secret power of tea during long hours of...

Chinese New Year Tea Gifting

Eight Immortals - A rare Dan Cong tea from Phoenix Mountain

Eight Immortals - A rare Dan Cong tea from Phoenix Mountain

While most teas are picked from small bushes, Dan Cong (which translates as single bush or single tree) tea trees can grow to heights of three metres or more, making them far harder to harvest but yield incredibly high quality leaves. The tea is grown on Phoenix Mountain (Guangdong province, China) which is celebrated for its mineral-rich soils, foggy climate and rocky landscape.  One of the most highly prized Dan Cong teas is named after the mythical Eight Immortals. In 1898, a farmer from Li Zi Ping village took a few branches from the Da Wu Ye cultivar tree in the nearby...

Eight Immortals - A rare Dan Cong tea from Phoenix Mountain

Types of Tea

Types of Tea

Tea has a rich history and a wide variety of flavours, from floral to fruit, nutty to smoky, candied to umami, all influenced by its terroir, time of harvesting and processing methods. The are 6 main categories of tea which each slightly different processing methods. White Tea White tea is the least processed variety; the tea leaves are simply plucked and then withered. The withering process can either be done outdoors under the sun or in temperate controlled rooms, gently turning it at intervals to ensure even drying. Over time (around 72 hours) a small amount of oxidation does occur....

Types of Tea

We have launched new sizes!

We have launched new sizes!

This week we are thrilled to announce the launch of our new 200ml and 750ml glass bottles across the entire Saicho range. Since launching back in 2019, we've been working closely with sommeliers, hoteliers and loyal customers to continue to innovate non-alcoholic drinking and dining experiences.Excitingly, the new 200ml (single serve) bottles will allow drinkers and non-drinkers to use Saicho as a mixer, whether this be a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail, or as part of a refreshing spritz style drink, ideal for summer sipping. The larger 750ml bottles are the perfect accompaniment to a sumptuous meal, to enjoy with family and friends, or simply to share and celebrate. We're delighted our new smaller and larger...

We have launched new sizes!

A Perfectly Paired Cheese Board with Neal's Yard Dairy

A Perfectly Paired Cheese Board with Neal's Yard Dairy

This January, Saicho has teamed up with esteemed British cheese shop, Neal’s Yard Dairy to create a truly unique cheese board, to be enjoyed throughout Dry January by non-drinkers and foodies alike. Each exquisite cheese is perfectly paired with one of Saicho's expressions; Jasmine, Darjeeling and Hojicha. ‍ Non-Alcoholic Cheese Board For those who are looking to give up booze, or are simply cutting back, the alternative pairing will provide an enlivening twist on the classic cheese and wine combination. Proving that giving up alcohol doesn’t mean a total overhaul of indulging; Neal's Yard Dairy's cheeseboard marries two incredibly complex ingredients together, cold-brewed teas...

A Perfectly Paired Cheese Board with Neal's Yard Dairy

Saicho teams up with the Cocktail Trading Company

Saicho teams up with the Cocktail Trading Company

Saicho has teamed up with the talented Elliot Ball at the Cocktail Trading Company who has invented some truly delicious sparkling tea cocktails. ‍ ‍Reme-tea ‍A playful take on the modern classic - the Penicillin, the Reme-tea combines smokey whiskey, ginger, honey and citrus, and is lengthened by the darjeeling fizz to create a smokey and aromatic cocktail. 25ml peated whisky, 10ml lemon juice, 10ml honey, 2 coins ginger, muddled into the honey, Shake and fine strain, top with 75ml Darjeeling expression. ‍ Hojito A herbaceous cocktail with rum as a vibrant backbone, lightened by some cucumber and mint for freshness, topped up with...

Saicho teams up with the Cocktail Trading Company

Tasting Notes: Tom Surgey, Ridgeview Wine Estate Director

Tasting Notes: Tom Surgey, Ridgeview Wine Estate Director

Tom Surgey is an energetic, confident wine expert and presenter with an extensive body of work. He is one of the Three Wine Men, Ambassador for the Pingza wine app, Ridgeview Wine EstateDirector, BBC Sussex wine expert and presenter of British Airways’ wine events. The Journey to Ridgeview Wine Estate Director After starting his career at  The Club at The Ivy, where his passion for wine burgeoned, he took his WSET Diploma before leaving the restaurant side of the industry to follow his passion for wine full-time. He joined Ridgeview, renowned pioneers of quality English wine-making, based in Sussex and is now their Sales...

Tasting Notes: Tom Surgey, Ridgeview Wine Estate Director

Tasting Notes: Matteo Montone, Wine Director at Berners Tavern

Tasting Notes: Matteo Montone, Wine Director at Berners Tavern

Matteo Montone is Wine Director at Berners Tavern at The London Edition Hotel.Moving to London in 2013, Matteo started his UK career at Aqua Shard. He then joined The Ritz London as Junior Sommelier, before moving up to Deputy Head Sommelier. After that, he became Assistant Head Sommelier at Locanda Locatelli and completed the WSET Level 4 Diploma.Matteo became Head Sommelier at Berners Tavern in 2017 and has subsequently been promoted to Director of Wine.Matteo has won several accolades over the years but most recently, in 2019, he was awarded Chaine Des Rotisseurs Best Young Sommelier in the World, Chaine Des Rotisseurs...

Tasting Notes: Matteo Montone, Wine Director at Berners Tavern

Tasting Notes: Honey Spencer, Sommelier, Wine Consultant and Co-Founder of Bastarda

Tasting Notes: Honey Spencer, Sommelier, Wine Consultant and Co-Founder of Bastarda

Honey Spencer’s experience in the wine industry spans continents, having managed Sager + Wilde in London, Den Vandrette in Copenhagen and as guest Sommelier for NOMA in Mexico before returning to the UK as Head Sommelier of London restaurant NUALA. Honey now heads up Bastarda, a unique concept that brings together innovators and tastemakers across food, booze and art. She also continues to be a wine consultant for Abelandcole. ‍ Honey likes Hojicha “My favourite. This [the Hojicha tea] was really interesting; I loved the savoury elements.” Notes: pungent, umami, savoury (with lifted sweetness) wet autumn leaf Food matches: pork, mushrooms, parmesan,...

Tasting Notes: Honey Spencer, Sommelier, Wine Consultant and Co-Founder of Bastarda