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A truly excellent tea can be as layered and complex as a fine wine, and with a bit of practice you can learn to discern the exact origin...
We’re all about the art of the roast – the delicate process of balancing the bean’s natural flavours, causing it to change in colour, taste...
Some people count sheep to get to sleep. With 100 different teas to choose from, we’ve found a much better solution. True, our collection is huge. But you can choose to track down your tea by taste, by origin and even by number.
In 1886 our founder Walter Whittard set up his very first shop, filled floor-to-ceiling with the world’s finest tea, coffee and cocoa. Those brave new brews are now time-honoured classics and we’re still following our nose for the new…
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Yellow tea is unique to China's Anhui, Sichuan and Hunan Provinces, where it is painstakingly produced in minute quantities. We've sourced this smooth, subtly smoky and distinctly nutty variety from the Huangshan Mountains of Anhui Province, crafted according to a technique developed by tea masters over several centuries.
After being wok-fired in the manner of a classic Chinese green tea, yellow tea is placed in huge baskets surrounded by stoves of smouldering coal and baked over the course of several days. The leaves are carefully turned at intervals, and the process can take up to a week to complete.
The rarity of yellow tea reflects the time and skill it takes to produce - it might be tricky to track down, but no tea connoisseur would be without it. With its delicately roasted notes, you could compare it to smoky Chinese teas like Lapsang and Yunnan, but the mellow sweetness and light levels of oxidation place it in a class of its own. High in the antioxidant EGCG and reputed to promote a youthful complexion, we think yellow tea is set to be the next big thing.
The Great Taste Awards have been described as the Oscars of the food world—so you can imagine we were pretty chuffed when our Yellow Sun won a coveted two star award this year. The judges called it “clean, delicate, gentle with some woodiness and sweetness on the finish. The flavour stays with you.”
Nutty, Smoky, Refreshing
Smooth, roasted and subtly smoky
Almond based cakes are a good match for the nutty notes in this tea
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Add two teaspoons (around 4g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.
lovely jubbly by Scooby doo on 22nd October 2015
lovely tea. warms up the cockels good and proper. mum loves it too
The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…
The discoveries of astronomers in Ancient China set the foundations for many of the theories of modern science. Chinese records of solar eclipses date from as early as 720 BC, so we've given our Yellow Tea the number 720
We've sourced our high-grown Mountain Pearls from China's famous Fujian Province, the original home of oolong tea. Ever so slightly roasted and tightly rolled into delicate pearls, the gloriously green leaves have a fresh, dewy taste, complemented by the creamy quality of the very best mountain oolongs.More Details
For those looking for a more robust taste to their green tea, this wok-fired variety from China's Hunan Province might be just the ticket. The elegant blue-grey leaf takes its colour from the silvery buds picked early in the spring, and the infusion produces rich, roasted notes with a vibrant nutty complexity. There's even a floral sweetness to the finishMore Details
Tales tell of a miraculous tea bush, in Fujian Province, wrapped in red robes to protect it from the elements Otherwise known as Da Hong Pao', this world-famous tea has a sweet, substantial body with deep cocoa notes and a tinge of forest woodsmoke. You'll find the strong espresso' depth is balanced by a mineral freshness and a stone-fruit aroma.More Details
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