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Escape with 'The Tea Lady'

Henrietta Lovell

Season 1, Ep. 11

Today’s guest is the tea-loving Londoner Henrietta Lovell, also known as 'The Rare Tea Lady’. Who, for the last 20 years, has traversed the globe in search of the world’s most exquisite teas.


Henrietta’s love of loose-leaf tea was awakened when a highflying corporate job took her to the dazzling harbour of Hong Kong, where a single sip of oolong transformed her life. She was seduced by the extraordinary flavour and set out to revolutionise the way we drink tea in the West by starting the Rare Tea Company.


Since then she has worked alongside the most celebrated chefs, such as Noma’s René Redzepi, Heston Blumenthal and Momofuku’s David Chang – who all seek her expertise in tea.


Henrietta’s quest to source leaves directly from farmers and connect with tea growing communities has enticed her to estates in some of the most remote and unlikely of places. Pop the kettle on and make a cuppa because I can feel a rather enchanting episode brewing!





Noma, Copenhagen

South West Scotland

Hong Kong

Fujian, China

Sikkim, India

Satemwa Tea Estate, Malawi

La Paz, Bolivia

Coroico, Bolivia

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Ryōan-ji, Kyoto

Higashiya Ginza, Tokyo

Claridge's, London

Zealong Tea Estate, Waikato


If our conversation has given you a taste for quality tea you can visit or uncover more of her stories in Henrietta's beautiful book 'Infused: Adventures in Tea' available here.


If you enjoyed this episode, please be sure to subscribe, rate and review so others can discover this podcast as well. If you’re looking for some more travel inspiration, you can find me on Instagram @escape.artist.podcast

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