Mad Hatter

Regular price $9.50

Style: Black

Origin: Blended at Westholme

Ingredients: Premium Black Pekoe Teas from China, Sri Lanka

Description: We do sometimes have a tendency to set forth down one of the many loopy rabbit holes here at the tea garden, whether or not we intend to. When one sips a cup of tea, the mind may wander elsewhere…

Inspired by the beloved Lewis Carroll novel, and by our own imaginations, we decided to create an exquisite black tea blend to honour the fun and festivities of the most extravagant Mad Hatter tea party we could think of. Playing on the theme of royal(tea), we used only stately and exclusive black teas from China and Sri Lanka, making this cup fit for the Queen of Hearts. The steep is flavourful, wonderfully smooth and velvety on the tongue. Subtle aromatic notes of honey and sweet golden grasses arise in the steam, accompanying the light astringent linger. Much like the Cheshire cat, you will find the contents of your cup disappear quite mysteriously after pouring, leaving you with a happy grin.

Tasting Notes: An extremely smooth, warm and aromatic black tea with subtle notes of honey and sweet grass. The cup is velvety on the tongue. Excellent on its own, or with a touch of milk and honey, several biscuits, cucumber sandwiches, a mountainous layered cake, and maybe a friend or two. Truly a perfect cup for the morning, the afternoon, the evening, or whatever time it happens to be in Wonderland at that moment.  

Brewing Instructions: 2g per cup. 100ºC water. steep 3-5 minutes.


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 organic teas we import are artisanally farmed and crafted. They may change with each harvest season. The same tea harvested at a different time of year and processed by a different tea maker will vary slightly in flavour and finish.

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