BLACK+WHITE Tea Maker's Reserve Summer Solstice 2024
BLACK+WHITE Tea Maker's Reserve Summer Solstice 2024
BLACK+WHITE Tea Maker's Reserve Summer Solstice 2024
BLACK+WHITE Tea Maker's Reserve Summer Solstice 2024

BLACK+WHITE Tea Maker's Reserve Summer Solstice 2024

Regular price $35.00

Style: Black and White Tea Blend

Origin: Westholme BC, Canada

Description: The Westholme Tea Maker's Reserve No Label Limited Edition blend of Black + White teas grown, hand-plucked and hand-processed from the slopes of the tea garden in June 2024. The Westholme team celebrated Summer solstice on June 20th outside on the terraced slopes, plucking tea and sharing stories under the warmth of the sun. It is with that one day harvest that the Westholme tea maker, Victor, has created a special edition Canadian summer solstice tea for you to enjoy. A truly unique tea experience. Available in very limited quantities.

A Note From the Tea Maker: "The inspiration for this tea came out of some experimental tea making. I was exploring possibilities to change how I craft our signature White and Black teas. The cathartic moment was the idea and then process that followed to combine new versions of both tea styles together - and create something entirely new. Enjoy the mistake I made that I like enough to want to share."   -Victor V.

Tasting Notes: A dark and toasty hazelnut malt is balanced by a graceful, lush and mildly sweet broken leaf white tea that encapsulates the essence of our West Coast terroir.

Brewing Instructions:  2.5 g per cup. Use 100°C water (full boil). Pour gently over the loose leaves. Steep for 5 minutes, or depending on your taste. The low astringency of this tea will allow you to steep longer if you wish, and we encourage multiple re-steepings to experience different aspects of the flavour profile.

China has a rich and ancient tradition of producing high quality teas of all varieties, and black tea is no exception. This is where tea culture and industry, as we know it, began nearly 2,000 years ago.

Known as ‘Red Tea’ in China, the tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis sinensis plant are smaller and finer than their Indian counterparts, the Camellia sinensis assamica, and prefer cooler mountainous regions. Usually plucked by hand and gently processed, the end result are exquisitely fragrant teas with lesser levels of astringency and a soft body.

Several Chinese provinces are famous for their regional tea selections: Fujian Province is home to the well-known, pine-smoked Lapsang Souchong, while Keemun tea, the official choice of the British Queen, is produced in Anhui Province. Yunnan province produces the ever-popular varieties of Yunnan black tea and is also the region where China started its tea cultivation.

The tradition of tea is closely tied to place – the region, the mountain, the slope. In 2010 we began planting our own tea to take advantage of the unique terroir of our home. This is the very first Canadian estate-grown tea in the world – an authentic expression of the land, soil, and climate of our farm.

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