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distinguished leaves – book review

'Distinguished Leaves' by Britain's Tea Poet, Elizabeth Darcy Jones.  Available now on and Amazon.
“Distinguished Leaves” by Britain’s Tea Poet, Elizabeth Darcy Jones. Available now on and Amazon.

‘Distinguished Leaves’, by Britain’s Tea Poet Elizabeth Darcy Jones, is a book that simply oozes charm.

Lick your lips for Jasmine Pearls
curves and softness, hair that curls
and tempts your mouth….

~~ from “Jasmine Pearls”

I consider myself very honoured to have had an association with this jewel of a book and with the Tea Poet herself.

The authorial voice of ‘Distinguished Leaves’ is quintessentially British, slightly quirky and whimsical in a deeply appealing way.

Who but a Brit would have had the wit to come up with the concept of ‘poetea’?

37 teas are re-imagined as human characters, their personalities delicately differentiated in poetic language that moves between sensual and witty and is always clever, and musical, and again I have to use that word, charming.

I’m even in there myself, in the guise of Big Snow Mountain Green Pu Erh.

he lets the taste of black that’s lingering
snuff out the bright and crazy of the day
his brand of lazy is a world away
he takes you by the tongue
until you understand that you’re among
the silent pines of China’s Wuyi Mountain…

~~ from “Lapsang Souchong”

From the foreword by Nigel Havers all the way through to the afterword where the Tea Poet imagines herself as a tea bush, she ranges far and wide through the world of teas, not neglecting Pu Erhs, white and green teas, oolongs, tisanes – the whole gamut – and through this process shows that she has a real understanding of and passion for tea.

A lovely framed version of the tea poem “Pei Wang” made by Elizabeth Darcy Jones.

These are original verses, full of delight, fun and gracefulness. I was very proud to be presented by Elizabeth with ‘my’ poem by Britain’s Tea Poet at the book launch at The Savoy Hotel, beautifully framed and now taking pride of place on our wall.

It was also a great pleasure to work with Elizabeth on formulating, in her honour of course, the Tea Poet’s Tisane. This consists of Organic Emperor Pu Erh 2008 vintage together with whole rosebuds. The tisane, a lovely merging of East and West, is available at Chaya Teahouse and at

The book makes a fabulous gift for a birthday, Valentines Day or Mothers Day.

Come and hear Elizabeth read poems from ‘Distinguished Leaves’ at Chaya Teahouse at 2 pm in Sunday 11 March!




~~ Serene and fragrant TEA entices with promise of rapture in STORE ~~
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