10 YEARS OF GROWTH
For all these years of love and support - especially during this particularly difficult period — a huge, warm, and humble THANK YOU to all who helped make our dream, and this place, possible.
The Westholme Team
How it will work...
To avoid crowds, and to make sure all of our supporters can participate near and far, the event has both VIRTUAL and PHYSICAL elements, and takes place over several days.
A reminder that there is still No Tea Service!
Every day for 10 days (October 10 - 20) there will be...
- A new, limited selection of ceramics released Online + In-Store
- A new, limited supply of #10 Reserve Black Tea released Online + In-Store
- A new Social Media Giveaway and In-Store Raffle
- A final grand prize on October 20th
If you can't make it...
- Our Gallery is being permanently re-opened, with fresh clay works, teas and accessories coming out in time for the Holidays, both Online and In-Store!
- Our other Canadian Teas are still available!
- We will be launching Holiday Gift Sets soon!
CANADIAN TEA FEATURE
#10 RESERVE BLACK
An exquisite Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe from the Westholme Tea Garden
* This rare, limited Canadian-grown tea will be available for sale in LIMITED QUANTITIES during our 10 Year Canadian Tea Anniversary Event *
10.10.2020 - 20.10.2020
Origin: Westholme BC, Canada
Made from the finest new buds and leaves of our Camellia plants, this incredibly rare Westholme-grown tea is a superior pluck, a Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe SFTGFOP. Each leaf and bud has been carefully handled, resulting in thin, long and beautifully rolled black leaves with near-uniform oxidation. With very limited quantities, Victor, Westholme’s co-founder and tea maker, put this tea aside as a special Anniversary release for the end of our 10th tea-growing season.
The first steep is a rich autumnal orange, slightly opaque. A warm, toasted nuttiness blends with a floral and cinnamon sweetness on the nose. This complex sweetness translates to the cup, which builds in high malt notes and light caramel flavour - the mouth is wet, and the tea has a slightly creamy texture on the palate. The linger sits at the back of the tongue with notes of cocoa. Subsequent steeps are more fruit-forward in their aroma, with a natural sweetness to the palate. A dry linger, reminiscent of the fine fruity acidity of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans, pairs with a smooth texture on the tongue.
We would love you to try it.
UPDATE FROM THE STUDIO
In 2010, when we started our journey into planting our Camellia sinensis bushes, we also started a monumental renovation project that October. We turned what was once a dairy parlour in our 1950's barn into a gallery space to display my ceramics. All of the previous parlour construction was made of heavy duty concrete, with multilevel sections - a trough, milk storage, a tack room, and a storage tower for feed. When we started the transition from parlour to gallery, we soon realized that we wanted to maintain its funky feel and make it part of the space.
With the help of friends, our gallery was completed a few months later. It has since hosted various gallery exhibits featuring the works of several local and international artists. Mostly, though, it has been a home to all my ceramic creations over 10 years.
When Covid-19 hit and we had to shut down in March, we closed the gallery and turned it into a temporary office space. Now, with our Teashop doors open and the gallery painted and refreshed, it is time for the next phase of our transition.
This weekend, we are excited to be re-opening this little gallery space, to mark our 10 Year Canadian Tea Anniversary Event with a series of new clay works. During the 10 days of celebration I will be adding new pieces to the gallery in batches, with new firings happening every other day.
I have created cups in honour of the 10 years. This limited series will be available for sale in our Teashop and Online starting Saturday, October 10. Be sure to check in for each new addition.
All non-teaware related ceramic works will be available in the Gallery only - please follow me on instagram @margitnellemann for new vases, lanterns, etc and message or e-mail me if interested in a specific piece.
See you soon,
~ Margit Nellemann