Amateurs of exceptional tea, here is one of three recent batches coming to us from the annual Bai Hao competition in Taiwan. This one, nominated 2 flowers, as it is the case for about 20 to 25% of the 2000 lots judged, presents beautiful leaves adorned with sumptuous buds. Once infused, they display seductive scents of flowers (orange blossom) and pastries, charging the air with their aromatic power. Its succulent liquor, honeyed and woody, boasts soft resins (cedar), spices (nutmeg) and acidic fruit notes, evoking watermelon in its finale. Like quality teas, this one offers multiple deep and …
This Sencha, crafted by one of our favorite producers in Nara, is composed of a diverse mix of leaves and yellowish stems. In infusion, generous aromas of fresh herbs, flower and eggshell emanate from the warm, damp leaves. Its liquor, light and creamy, also features delicious zesty and parsley nuances. This organic tea, rich in minerals, has a deep and persistent finish.
Another rare gem in the exotic tea department, this organic green tea produced off the Korean peninsula, on the island of Jeju, has made its way through our selection and has already established itself as one of our best value for money.
A surprising black wulong from the North of Taiwan. A varied dry leaf gives an deep amber cup with a spicy and fruity nose. Full flavour is sweet with edges of cooked apple and grenadine. Notes of cinnamon bark and nutmeg add to a floral and fruity persistence.
A flat-leaf Japanese green tea from the region of Shizuoka. Contains very little caffeine. Gives a sweet liquor with very little astrincency. A perfect introduction to Japanese tea.
Here is a "Precious Dew" from the Shizuoka region produced from the Samidori cultivar, often used to make gyokuro and matcha. The dry leaves display the characteristic depth of shade-grown teas, with their dark hue and intoxicating smell of raspberry. The delicately sharp liquor is smooth and is accompanied by vegetable accents of spinach and sunflower seed. Exquisite!
The Okabe farmers cooperative offers us this Gyokuro produced following the covered method of cultivation giving it its characteristic taste from shade. The soft green liquor is sweet, full, and imbued with intense hints of green vegetable (spinach) and berries. A mellow and textured tea for traditional style enthusiasts.
Japan is not well known for its black teas. It took us five years of research (and tastings) to find a decent representative of this unusual tea style with a true sense of identity. Something both unique and resolutely Japanese in style, adding a new element to our catalogue Smooth, aromatic and bursting with warm flavours, our Yakushima organic rides a fine line between bold and refined.
A real classic, our summer Darjeeling Jungpana delivers its promises of an exceptionally aromatic tea. It offers a rich and bold infusion with complex scents (Muscat, exotic wood, malt) the markers of a superior batch. A very smooth mouth-feel underlined by delicate tannins support the deep and warm finish showcasing Jungpana’s typical spicy fragrance.
This magnificent Darjeeling 2nd Flush style black tea comes from the Singbulli Tea Estate, a quiet little garden on the road into Darjeeling’s Mirik Valley. This garden has made a little reputation for itself with its exceptional large leaf clonal teas. The EX-17 organic lot we are presenting here brilliantly showcases why.
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. Infused, its graceful leaves emanate smooth aromas of wintergreen, malt and tobacco. Lightly mentholated and generously fruity with notes of prune and raisin, its liquor is round, full and silky. A perfect tea for those special mornings.
This sencha from Shizuoka region comes from a rare cultivar called Koshun and is known for its intense floral bouquet. The infusion of its large beautiful leaves produces a full and silky liquor, slightly tangy, evoking sorrel. Rich aromas of white flowers (lilies), citrus zest and almond coexist with its herbaceous character. Well balanced, this tea offers a remarkably long persistence.