#10 Reserve - Black 2020Regular price $45.00
Origin: Westholme BC, Canada
Description: 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.
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.