The starting point for a Limited Edition tea is the taste, the story, the care and the craft that the makers have invested. It’s hard to limit this range as we come across so many small, traditional, family-run farms producing beautiful teas, but it is designed to include just a few, small batch teas to cover the different regions, categories and styles. There may not be more of this exact tea this season, but there will always be different and equally wonderful Limited Edition teas to explore in the range.
Limited Edition No. 1 | Yunnan Pure Gold
Black tea | Handcrafted by the Liu Family Mojiang County,
A black tea so fine it deserves a category of its own: gold tea. Just the top buds of the tea bush are rolled with the lightest touch to produce golden, ringlet-like twists.
Tasting notes: Malt, muscovado, vanilla
Trade price: £11.50 for a 50g tin | £0.92 per serve
Limited Edition No. 2 | Sticky Rice White
White tea | Handcrafted by Ms. Phone Bolaven Plateau, Champasak Province, Laos.
A unique white tea from the volcanic soils of Southern Laos. Ms Phone toasts the white tea buds on a wood-fired hot plate and blends with a local aromatic herb called Nuo Mi Xian. Tasting notes: Coconut, freshly baked bread, ginger
Tasting notes: Coconut, freshly baked bread, ginger
Trade price: £21.20 for a 50g tin | £1.70 per serve
Limited Edition No. 3 | Ali Shan
Oolong tea | Handcrafted by Mr Chiu Rueili Village, Ali Shan, Chiayi County, Taiwan.
An outstanding example of one of Taiwan’s most celebrated teas. Lovingly handcrafted by tea master Mr Chiu at his family-run Epin Tea Garden high on the palm covered slopes of Ali Shan. Tasting notes: Lily, apricot, biscuit
Tasting notes: Lily, apricot, biscuit
Trade price: £25.00 for a 100g tin | £1.00 per serve
Limited Edition No. 4 | Obubu Shaded Sencha
Green tea | Handcrafted by Akky San Obubu Tea Garden, Wazuka Prefecture, Japan.
An umami-rich green tea from a forward thinking agricultural social venture. The tea bushes are shaded for 14 days before harvest, then steamed to give a distinct vegetal flavour.
Tasting notes: Nori, pea-shoots, baby spinach
Trade price: £22.00 for a 100g tin | £0.88 per serve
Limited Edition No. 5 | Four Seasons Yellow
Yellow tea | Handcrafted by Mr Chen Mingjian Township, Nantou County, Taiwan.
A supremely rare, experimental yellow tea from Taiwan. Mr Chen developed a whole new processing method to create this extremely desirable and unique tea- a first for Taiwan.
Tasting notes: Ginger biscuit, hazelnut, honeysuckle
Trade price: £42.50 for a 25g tin | £6.80 per serve