Each tea is packed in our rather lovely Canton Cube (pictured) with its own tea card telling it's own story. That means all who serve this tea will know why it is so special - and can confidently answer the 'Why is it so expensive?' question.
Being packed in a tin caddy/cube also makes it a very desirable gift. If you serve it, be prepared to sell it too - it's very, very moreish.
Our Head of Tea Ali takes you through the collection.
Black tea handcrafted by the Liu Family.
Before we even started tasting teas this year, I had my heart set on finding some incredible Yunnan Black tea that was captured in my memory . Yunnan province produces some of my favourite teas in the world, and holds a special place in my heart after being lucky enough to spend 3 weeks there visiting producers with Jennifer when I was just starting out in tea back in 2013. The aroma of this tea takes me right back to those incredible memories. The delicate golden ringlet-like buds and the soft malty, muscovado-like liquor will challenge your preconceptions of a black tea. It's black tea elevated to a higher, brighter, golden plane.
White tea handcrafted by Ms. Phone
This tea took me completely by surprise when I first tasted it last year- a flavour unlike anything I had tasted before, in a tea that is. Ms. Phone (pronounced Ms. Fo-nee btw. ) has a small, semi-wild tea garden of around 2 hectares on the volcanic Bolaven Plateau in Laos. She makes less than 50 kg of handmade tea per year, which supplements her income and allows her to support her family. Ms Phone toasts the white tea buds on a wood-fired, hot metal plate and blends them with a local herb called Nuo Mi Xian, which has the distinctive aroma of sticky rice. I'm proud to support female growers who are experimenting with new methods of production and creating these unique and very exciting teas.
Oolong tea handcrafted by the Chiu Family
This is a tea we come back to year after year. I think Ali Shan is the pinnacle of Taiwanese high mountain oolongs and this is an exceptional example. We met the Chiu family back in 2016 during a sourcing trip there. The Epin Tea Garden clings to the edge of the steep slopes of the mountain, the fields are dotted with palm trees and edged with forests of pine, tree ferns and exotic flowers. An extended process of withering and rolling produces an incredibly clean, floral flavour and an unctuous buttery texture.
Green tea handcrafted by Akky San
One of the things that I love about this tea is seeing peoples' reactions when they taste it for the first time. The thick, brothy texture and bold yet balanced umami flavour always takes people by surprise. Akky San and his team shade the tea bushes two weeks before harvest, which produces a tea with much higher amino acid content than normal. This gives it the amazing savoury notes which makes it such an interesting option for pairing with savoury foods. It's brilliant with Eggs Benedict, Caesar salad , classic grilled asparagus or pan fried sea bass.
Yellow tea handcrafted by Mr Chen
Every now and then when tasting teas, I come across something so special its like a treasure. This tea had me skipping around the office when I first tasted it- literally. When I heard about a producer experimenting with Yellow tea in Taiwan, I wanted to taste it immediately. Yellow teas are a rare category usually only found in China, they are only made in a few places, are often very expensive and frankly the quality and flavour rarely lives up to the price. As far as we know this is the only place where yellow tea has ever been made in Taiwan and Mr Chen has invented an entirely new technique. He has drawn from the production methods of both Chinese yellow and Taiwanese oolong to create this Four Seasons Yellow . This is seriously rare tea - and we're the first company to take it beyond Taiwan.
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