Description: The Heron stands, stoic and silent, in the marshy fields below our tea garden. The elegant majesty of its presence commands the attention of those watching as it takes flight - we hold our breath as it ascends. It leaves behind a gentle wake that ripples through the marshes.
This Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe has been nine years in the making. As the tea garden matures and deepens its roots, the full flavour of our terroir emerges in the steep. Like the heron, this tea stands on its own - and we are so pleased to share the experience.
From year to year, teas may exhibit slightly different taste profiles - as a true expression of terroir, growing conditions that vary from year to year will pull different characteristics out of the tea.
Here are the tasting notes from last years harvest.
2020 Tasting Notes: Rich notes of toasted hazelnut and hints of ground cacao combine to form a satisfying full mouth finish. A woody, almost spiced aroma mingles with the deep smell of earthy leaves. Steeps to a beautiful red-gold.
Brewing Instructions: 2.5 g per cup. Use 100°C water (full boil). Pour gently over the loose leaves. Steep for 3 minutes, or depending on your taste. The low astringency of this tea will allow you to steep longer if you wish, and we encourage re-steeping 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.
Description: So, you find yourself on a search for the perfect gift for a family member, friend, or colleague... but you hit a snag. You aren't completely sure what kind of tea they like to drink (green? black? herbal?), what tea accessories they have or need, or if a beautiful hand-built ceramic piece would be the way to go...
This convenient Online gift card is for you.
Contents: Everything in our Online Store will be available for the recipient of your gift!
Important Information: Please keep the following in mind - These gift cards can be used in our Online Store ONLY. They CANNOT be redeemed in our Teashop or at our booth at the Farmer's Market, as this Online gift card is made possible through a separate, virtual shopping program linked to our website. A different Gift certificate for use in-person at the Westholme Teashop is a separate product that is available in-store for purchase.
How touse: From a selection of prices, simply choose the amount you wish to give and proceed to check out! Gift cards are delivered by e-mail to you, and can then be forwarded to your desired recipient, and contain instructions to redeem in our Online Store. The recipient of your gift can choose to pick up their purchase at our contact-free pick-up beside the Westholme Teashop during open hours, or have it shipped directly to their door - and we ship internationally for your friends and family members near and far!