Temi, for many years the only garden in Sikkim, produces its teas in the style of neighbouring Darjeeling. This summer harvest has whole leaves of varied colours and is rich with fine buds. Its amber and woody liquor is enhanced by delicious aromas of spices and cocoa. A strong and honest tea is softened by gentle notes of Muscat.
Rose petals and chamomile harmonize their aromatics with a zesty lemongrass finish. This herbal infusion exudes a heady and dreamy fragrance. Sweet, seductive and well balanced.
Here is a rare black tea from Taiwan, made using the well known T-18 cultivar which is derived from a cross between a large leafed tea from Burma (Ashamu) and a wild tea tree from southern Taiwan.
This is an exceptional white tea from the town of Fuding in Fujian province of China. This region is renowned as the cradle of this precious and style of tea. Here we are introduced to the Fuding Xiao Bai cultivar, from which charming, tiny small buds have been plucked very early, sometimes even before they can be distinguished from the first leaf.
Making its first apparition on our list this year, this dark wulong from the Phoenix Mountains (Feng Huang) is named after its cultivar, the Tong Tian Xiang (litt. “Heaven’s scent”).
This mixture was created especially for the cold season, distinguished by the spicy (pepper) and fruity (blueberry) character of the holy basil (also called tulsi).
The fine plucking of this tea from Hunan offers a harmonious mix of young leaf buds.
Here is a custom made chai to bring warmth to everyday life. Its dark liquor is woody and offers a dark and vigorous character, reflecting the ingredients that make up the mixture.
In spite of the fact that this small robust indigenous plant of Quebec (gaulthérie couchée) is not related to tea, its English name, Wintergreen, appropriately evokes the refreshing effect that it can bring to different types of inflammations (fevers, joint pains).
Rooibos is a plant of the legume family that originates exclusively from the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa. Commonly called "red tea", Rooibos has nothing to do with the Camellia Sinensis plant. It contains no caffeine and is high in minerals and antioxidants.