Origin: Westholme BC, Canada
Description: Made from the finest new buds and leaves of our Camellia sinensis 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 release for the Festive Season.
Tasting Notes: 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.
Brewing Instructions: 2.5 g per cup. Use 100°C water (full boil). Pour gently over the loose leaves. Steep for 3 minutes, or more depending on your taste. The low astringency of this tea will allow you to steep longer if you wish, and we encourage re-steeping 2 - 3 times 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.
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