Meet Jonathon Jones, Tregothnan’s managing director
Tell us about your tea…
Once we plant the tea (12–18-month-old bushes), we the embark on a new stage of conservatorship; caring for the tea, allowing it to grow and flourish without chemicals for five or more years before it is ready to harvest. This means weeding by hand, planting hedges, encouraging pollinators by placing our beehives in the tea gardens. Our ambition is that after eight to ten years of care we can harvest some of the best tea in the world. If we get it right, our tea bushes should go on to live for 500 years or more!
How do you make your tea blends?
Once harvested (the season stretches from April to October), the tea is made using the traditional method – the Orthodox Method. The tea is allowed to rest, wilt and soften, before being carefully rolled to break up the whole leaves. Once oxidised and dried, you have a wonderful, stable tea, ready for grading and blending to make the perfect cup of tea.