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1st flush Darjeeling - Mighty Spring TEA

We are in search of the best 1st Flush Darjeeling of this season!What are you searching for?As we love 1st flush picks of many Darjeeling tea Estates, some plantations have always been more prominent to us than others. The beautiful and never changing quality of these teas, outstanding flavours and freshness is something what we are looking forward to each spring. This spring 2019 is not any different.Why do we love 1st flush Darjeeling Tea?The flower bouquet attack of the tea is like a burst of spring to our eyes, the fruitiness is like a summer dance to our taste buds, the after rain aroma “petrichor” (a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of...

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Tea Sourcing - Gyokuro "Jade Dew"

Classification: Gyokuro Kagoshima, organically grown.Cultivar: YabukitaOrigin: Japan, Fukuoka prefecture, Kagoshima, Kirishima Grade: Grand Cru, ExquisiteDried Leaf: The beautiful dark green leaves are extremely shiny, needle like and differ in shape and length. They give a delicate scent of lilies, mangoes, chestnuts and herbs with under-notes of eucalyptus and pepper.Infused Leaf: Infusion turns the leaves into vivid green and dense paste with strong & sweet green vegetal aroma.Liquor: The cloudy, pistachio green cup releasing an aroma of steamed green vegetables, thyme & butter. The liquid is extremely rich and creamy, fresh and delicate with generous notes of mixed fresh herbs like rosemary & parsley, spring vegetables like spinach & courgette and fresh walnuts. This is a remarkably balanced tea with sweet,...

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Tea Sourcing – Bai Hao Yin Zhen “Silver Needle” Superior

Classification: Bai Hao Yin Zhen “Silver Needle” Superior - White teaCultivar: Da BaiOrigin: China, Fujian province, Ningde prefecture, Fuding cityGrade: Unique, Rare, Grand CruLeaf: Large, needle like buds of a soft green colour, covered by silver hairs. Gentle floral aroma of orchids, tulips and wild flowers mingles with herb spiciness – mint, thyme and clove. The buds are soft and fluffy on touch.Infused leaf: Beautiful silvery-jade buds releasing an aroma of clove, orchid and asparagus. Liquor: Light, soft and clear moonstone gem like liquid. Deliciously smooth, delicate and harmonious cup with notes of wild flowers, orchids, sweet vanilla, honeydew melon and twist of herbs and heavy rich creaminess. Pleasantly wild and uplifting liquor with no astringency and fresh and sweet...

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Tea Sourcing – Batch N.240 – Moonlight & Snow Chrysanthemum Buds Dragon Ball – Hand Made

Classification: Moonlight & Snow Chrysanthemum Buds Dragon Ball Spring 2017- white tea with Chrysanthemum flowers – hand madeCultivar: Yunnan Da YeOrigin: China, Yunnan province, Pu Erh – Simao Prefecture, Jinggu countyGrade: Outstanding, Supreme Leaf: Beautifully rolled small greenish-brown balls with silver tips and imprinted crimson flowers. Floral aroma is mingling with an aroma of fresh zest, dried fruits and sultanas.Infused leaf: After first infusion (in a Gaiwan – cup with lid) and the tea is still in a perfect ball shape. It takes up to 5 infusions to get these tea leaves to freely float! Amazing :) The aroma is minty, peppery and floral with a sweetness of forest honey.Liquor: Cup light and bright, pineapple like colour with a fragrance...

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Tea sourcing batch n.239 - Teas from Japan - Kabusecha Gounpou, Kyoto Prefecture

We always source teas very carefully! No matter what kind of tea it is or for who it is. With our ruthless eyes, sinister noses and intense taste buds we take our job seriously. We take NO excuses, No political sides, No influence from previously excellent plantations or batches, No influence from famous legends, famous locations or even price in consideration. Our minds are clear as the sky (not Scottish!) and our tasting sheets are empty..... awaiting the verdicts. We briefly scan the dried leaves first and smell the fragrance, yet we know not to conclude all our hopes, wishes and scores at this point as appearance is not all that important (it is but even ugly tea can taste...

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