Tea for wine lovers
Tea for wine lovers
There are many similarities between good quality, specialty tea and wine. Specialty tea has a diverse and interesting flavour profile – one that is said to be as complex as wine. Terroir (soil, altitude, weather, climate etc.) all have an influence on the final flavour in your tea cup; and in the same way that you can pair wine with food, you can also pair tea with food.
Each tea in this box has been hand-selected for its complex and unique flavour profile, giving any wine enthusiastic a flavour experience as interesting as any wine tasting session.
To make it easy for you or your gift recipient to brew the perfect cup of tea, you can choose to upgrade this box to include our tea glass infuser and long handled tea spoon, which comes packaged in our large gift box.
The teas currently in our wine lover's tea box are:
White Pekoe Silver Needles, white tea, China
Sweet hay, sugarcane, lychee
These plump, soft downy buds are the first flush of 2018, plucked by hand in the Chinese Spring. After a brief wilting period, they are dried with warm wind that is tunnelled through the tea. This is a refreshing, sweet and nicely rounded white tea with a pale sun-set yellow liquor and notes of hay, sugarcane and lychee fruit.
Milk Tree, organic oolong, Taiwan
Butter, flowers, apricot, milk caramel
This 2018 Spring harvest is a glamorous and lively oolong with a buttery, floral aroma that carries through into the liquor along with a touch of greens and stone fruit flavours. Once rolled and compressed into beads, the leaves have undergone a light roasting, resulting in a lovely hint of milk caramel that becomes more prominent the more you steep the tea. These leaves were grown at an elevation of 400m in the Zhushan region of Nantou Country, central Taiwan. Certified organic by Taiwan Accreditation Foundation (TAF).
Gyokuro, green tea, Japan
Seaweed, greens, hint of nut
Gyokuro, which translates to ‘Pearl Dew’, is one of the highest-grade teas produced in Japan. A few weeks before harvest, the tea plants are shaded – a process which intensifies the chlorophyll content and the deep-green colour of the leaves. Once plucked, the leaves go through more than eight different processes which deepen the flavours as well as the levels of beneficial amino acids. Gyokuro’s deep jade, slender leaves infuse into a pleasant, savoury tea with notes of seaweed, spinach and green beans, followed by a mild nutty, umami aftertaste.
Huang Da Cha 'Big Yellow Tea', yellow tea, China
Roasted coffee beans, tobacco, berries
Huang Da Cha is a rare yellow tea grown in the mountainous region of Huo Shan, Anhui province, Eastern China. Start your tea ritual by smelling the dry leaves and experience the sweet notes of flowers, chocolate and fruit. The brewed tea has a roasted coffee bean note followed by a soft tobacco tail. In your second infusion you might notice sweeter notes of berry and caramel.
Darjeeling First Flush, black tea, India
Muscatel, floral, vibrant
Darjeeling is known as the ‘Champagne of tea’ and this one exhibits the distinct Darjeeling character. After a period of dormancy over winter, the very first leaves (the ‘first flush’) that appear in the spring are plucked to create this famous tea that infuses into vibrant flavours of muscatel and flowers.
China Red, black tea, China
Dried berries, wood, chocolate
This stunning black tea comes from the Feng Qing, China, and is crafted from a unique hybrid of two local tea plant varietals. The combination of these tea plants, the natural environment and the unique processing creates a distinctive tea. Smell China Red’s slender dried leaves and you might be reminded of black forest chocolate. The steeped tea emits an aroma of ripe fruit and sweet malt and a flavour of dried red berries, wood, malt and dark chocolate.
Each tea is 6 grams and the leaves can be steeped at least twice. The box includes a little note card to introduce the box to the gift recipient as well as our tea steeping and tasting guide.