There are many types of loose leaf tea to choose from including green tea, black tea or even yellow tea. To help you work out which tea is right for you, here's a quick guide to loose leaf tea. You can find more in depth articles in our news section or alternatively, have the lastest news, tips and tricks sent straight to your inbox.
There are a variety of black tea English Blends such as ‘English Breakfast’ – a strong blend of Indian and Ceylon teas, ‘English Afternoon’ – a mildly smoky blend of black teas with a hint of Lapsang Souchong & ‘Earl Grey’ – Black tea with bergamot of which we have four varieties. The English Blends are all classic & special blends of tea of varied origin – mainly India, Ceylon & China.
Other black teas can be catagorised as Russian blends such as – ‘Russian’, ‘Russian Caravan’ & the smokiest ‘Russian Samovar’.
China Blacks such as ‘Keemun’ from Anhui province, a traditional congou leaf with light, scented flavour and the famous pine smoked tea ‘Lapsang Souchong’. We also stock several types of traditional China teas which are scented with flower petals and pollen: ‘Rose Congou’, ‘Lotus’ and ‘Lychee’.
Teas from Assam are grown on both sides of the Brahmaputra Valley between Darjeeling & the Chinese border and it is the biggest black tea producing region in the world. From strong breakfast type ‘Assam’ to connoisseur’s favourite ‘Assam 2nd Flush’. Assam is usually enjoyed best with milk! A strong & a firm favourite with the English for a “good, strong Cuppa”.
Darjeeling, a hill resort as well as a vast tea growing area, is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas 6000 feet above sea level. This, with the unique combination of cool, misty climate, rainfall, terrain & quality of soil & air produces the subtle Muscatel flavour and wonderful aroma of typical Darjeeling. “The Champagne of teas”. We offer various First Flushes (First Picking of the season), Second Flushes and also non estate specific leaves such as ‘Superior Darjeeling’. Darjeeling’s mild flavour is suitable to be enjoyed without or with milk. Darjeeling is brewed at lower temperature than other black teas.
Ceylon Teas. In the hot steamy plains and foothills of Sri Lanka most tea bushes flush every 7/8 days and are plucked all year. The best are high grown. Ceylon Tea is usually made from Orange Pekoe (OP) or Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP) leaves & has a full bodied taste very suited to be drunk together with milk. We recommend ‘Ceylon Lovers Leap’ and ‘Ceylon Kenilworth’. Both from famous tea gardens.
Other black teas we offer come from Sikkim, Nepal and African countries of Rwanda and Kenya. All with their own unique characteristics.
China Greens: We stock a large selection of China Green Teas. From tightly rolled green pearls of ‘Gunpowder’ to ‘Mao Feng’ and the very famous ‘Dragon Well – Lung Jing’ which was granted the title Gong Cha (Imperial Tea) by the Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty. Lung Jing is often called the national drink of China. One of our best sellers in the famous ‘Monkey Tea’ – its’ leaves are hand-rolled to resemble a monkey’s paw. The Tea House also stocks a variety of China grown Sencha leaf.
Jasmine Teas: One of our all-time best sellers are our range of Chinese Jasmine teas. From every day favourite ‘Jasmine with Flowers’ to one of the Imperial Teas: ‘Chung Hao - Celestial Jasmine’ – with its’ intense aroma. In higher grade jasmine teas the flowers are removed after the tea leaves have absorbed all the scent from the jasmine flowers. We highly recommend trying ‘Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls’ – The still not quite dry leaves are mixed up to six times with fresh, delicately smelling jasmine blossoms, then sieved and rolled by hand to small pearls. The leaf encloses the fine jasmine aroma and only sets it free during brewing. The fact that “two leaves and a bud” were taken shows in the infusion. The cup has an elegant champagne colour.
Japan Greens: From our Every Day ‘Bancha’ to the connoisseur quality ‘Gyokuro’ – the shadow grown tea The Tea House offers a great selection of Japanese teas. ‘Genmaicha’ – the green tea with roasted rice is especially popular as is ‘Sencha Fuji’ which is grown on the slopes of Mt Fuji in Shizuoka. Gaining huge popularity is ‘Matcha’ – the powdered green tea - which is traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony and is now enjoyed in the west for its health giving qualities.
White Teas: High in antioxidants these teas have become increasingly popular with our customers. Young leaves are picked along with unopened buds which give a sweet & mellow brew. ‘Bai Mu Dan’, ‘Lin Yun White Downy’, ‘Silver Needles’, ‘Snow Buds’ just some of our range.
Flowering Teas: These Chinese specialities are amongst our best sellers due to the spectacular display they create once the “flower” opens when brewed. Some are scented with jasmine and fruits such as lychee and all have a light, sweet taste.
Pu-erh is said to have various positive health benefits such as an excellent aid to digestion & for easing stomach upsets. It also helps reduce cholesterol & aids weight loss. All types of pu-erh tea are created from máochá, a mostly unoxidized green tea processed from a "large leaf" variety of Camellia Sinensis found in the mountains of southern Yunnan. We stock several types of Pu-erh from compressed birds nests (‘Mini Tuocha’) to loose leaf ‘Pu-erh Wild Leaf’.
Oolong tea aids digestion and is popular as an aid to losing weight.
Oolong is a specialty which had originally been produced in the Taiwanese mountains but now also produced on mainland China. After plucking, the teas are fermented to approximately 50 % and then wilted in the sun. It has a mild, flowery taste. We stock at least 4 types Oolong. Current best seller: ‘Milky Oolong’ – with its’ distinctive mellow, sweet taste & aroma. Highly recommended.
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