Jane Milton the only Tea Sommelier in the UK


Having been asked by a number of clients to help them make choices about , teas they could add to their foods to add specific flavours or give a certain benefit to the food, opportunities for making products with tea, helping businesses who blend or produce tea establish themsleves in the UK market or about the opportunities to use tea as an alternative to sugary drinks or alcohol, it became clear to Jane that she needed to know a lot more about tea, the industry, the processes, types fo tea, blending, packaging, and using teas.

Jane attended the Dilmah School of Tea ( link to this) in Sri Lanka in 2014 and learned a huge amount from Dilmah about tea types, processes, the regions where it grows, the skills of the people who prepare tea, pairing tea with food and making alcoholic and non-alcoholic….not to mention all the amazing tea people she met through that process.

Spurred on by this, Jane was advised that should she want to learn more, the Tea Association of Canada Certified Tea Sommelier, was one of the best courses she could undertake.

Jane enrolled and spent just over 2 years learning more about tea types, regions, growing, processing, making teas, tasting teas, tea and health and a lot more. After each module she was examined, and then her final exam consisted of an oral with the President of the Tea Association of Canada, which was on the History and Mythology of Tea, a written exam and a blind cupping. This March Jane qualified at a Certified TAC Tea Sommelier, the first UK resident to qualify.

From the beginning of the course she has been putting her knowledge to great use helping tea businesses, cake and ice cream producers, and more recently taking to businesses about tea and health and the benefits of tea for wellbeing.

How could Jane apply her tea knowledge to help your business ?

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Jane Milton

Food industry expert Jane Milton has been in the business for more than 30 years and has the inside track on all things food!

In her podcast, Jane takes you behind the scenes of the food business and introduces you to her incredible network of producers, entrepreneurs and
consultants she works with. She shares inspiring stories and experiences with you to help you to build a stronger, healthier, better version of your own business.

Let Me Introduce You with Jane Milton

Jane Milton
Let Me Introduce You To Francis Gimblett, author of the Gimblett's Guide to The Best of British Cheese, and Co-Owner of Taste of the Vine, an Interactive Food and Drink Events Business. ,
byJane Milton

Let Me Introduce You to Francis Gimblett, Author of Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses, and co Owner of Taste of the Vine, an interactive food and drink event company.

Francis and I met in Spring 2021 when I joined one of his monthly Friday evening meet the cheesemaker tasting sessions. I learned so much and loved meeting the cheesemakers. I told other people and very quickly was joined on screen by 10-12 friends each month ….

My copy of Francis book , Gimblett’s Guide to the Best of British Cheeses has become very well thumbed and through it i have tracked down cheesemakers around the UK and even found a cheesemaking course in Tottenham, London inspired by him.

He is a great story teller so i know you will enjoy hearing about :

  • his journey in food and drink
  • people who have inspired or encouraged him
  • his French mother’s cooking and how that added to his food journey
  • how he has for many years, resisted repitition and always desired change, t learn or to reinvent things BUT
  • how possibly now after almost 2 years of constant change, he my just be happy for a little more predictability for a while
  • we talk about work life balance and partnering in business with his wife
  • about the importance of understanding your P&L and planning for your business right from Day 1
  • we also get a hint or two about his next taste adventure….

I cannot wait

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