Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tea Loving Blogger: Attic, Bristol

Hurrah, I'm finally beginning to feel relaxed post-dissertation! Sure, I'm still waking up in stress panics but other than that I'm feeling chipper. I partially attribute this to my tea tasting date at Attic on Saturday. R is considerably better at time and stress management than me so he took some time off from revision to accompany me to this specialist tea shop way on the other side of Bristol. Yes, it was a 45 minute walk but we had pre-booked so it wasn't closed like last time we tried to go... Fail. This time was a success though. We had bought a Groupon voucher for their 'tea tasting experience' on a whim and it was an excellent call.

We spent two hours drinking five teas and not talking about work and it was bliss. White tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea and pu'erh tea. I know it is a blogger cliché but I really do love tea. Not as much as the owners of Attic though - such expertise! There were multiple tea blends, tea timers and fun tea makers... The staff were very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, talking us through each of the teas that we tried. I drink bucket loads of strong, milky, standard builders tea and then I drink quite a lot of herbal and fruit teas and I am partial to the occasional Lady/Earl Grey but I didn't actually, I realise in retrospect, know all that much about tea teas. Now I feel more informed as well as refreshed.

At Attic they talk a lot about the various health benefits of tea which is nice but not my main area of interest. I'm mostly in it for the taste which I think contributes to ambivalent feelings towards green tea. Attic green tea and oolong tea (which is very green - like spinach water!) was nicer than any green tea I have ever tasted, it was very soft and gentle and not harsh or acrid like lots of green tea. It was still quite vegetal though and not my favourite. That prestigious award goes to their black 'Tippy Yunnam' and white 'Silver Needle' tea. The black tea was totally delicious and the first black tea I have ever enjoyed without tea. I might even buy some online once I've left Bristol - it was that good. Warm, slightly peppery but comforting... What can I say, I am a classicist. The white tea (above) was beautifully subtle with a very gentle aftertaste. At first I found it a little bland but then I got into it. I'm still not an expert in tea description though so if you can you should try it out.

I suspect that the 'tea tasting experience' is a bit of a ripoff full price but it was a bargain with the voucher. I have never chain drunk so much tea and I'm a tea-aholic. I would really recommend Attic though for just a cup or two of really delicious, vaguely thought provoking tea if you are in the area. If you are a serious tea devotee who is not a Sou'Westerner maybe try their online shop, I think they have their full range and their fab tea makers. I don't know if it was something magic in the tea or just the relaxed atmosphere of the cafe but I practically floated home afterwards. Generally a delightful experience even though I did have to go to the loo every half hour for the rest of the day...

Chuck x


  1. Thank you for reminding me that I am due for a cup right about now! Is it so stereotypical that I love tea too? Haha coffee is just too strong for daily basis, you had like a modern tea party. Lovely!

  2. Ooh, sounds good! I'm not a tea-drinker but do like green tea so I should really try some more varieties.
    I know what you mean about Peacocks - most of the stuff is awful or boring, but there is the odd hidden gem sometimes :)

    Rosie x

  3. I'm also not a tea drinker, but this seems so cool!
    Have a great day :)

  4. Cant beat a good cup of tea! This place looks awesome!

  5. I never heard about it, but sounds like so much fun! xo

  6. I wish I had brought this offer on Groupon! I had no idea there was such a place in Bristol, I'll have to check it out when I move back home. Great post!

  7. That sounds like a lovely experience. I'm the same as you - it's builders tea or non-specific herbal all the way.

  8. I've never been to Bristol but if I ever go I'd like to check this place out. I've only recently got into drinking tea so I'm still discovering what flavours I like

    Bow Dream Nation xx