Rare & Limited Range

Monday, 22 July 2019  |  The Tea Makers of London

Rare & Limited Teas

With the launch of our premium Rare & Limited range of teas, we invite you to revel in the succulent tastes of First Flush Darjeeling, freshly picked from 2019's spring harvest; world-renowned smooth black tea from Adam's Peak Estate, Sri Lanka; the soothing and delicately pan-fried green tea, Anji Bai Cha; the complex Oolongs plucked from Taiwan's Sun Moon Lake and Ali Shan mountains; and many more!

We have travelled the globe in search for the best, authentic, fresh loose-leaf teas and we have them, here at The Tea Makers of London!

What makes Rare & Limited so rare and limited?

Having tasted hundreds of teas, our tea masters have assembled a limited selection of outstanding quality. This includes luxury loose leaf teas from some of the most famous tea-growing regions, as well as some made by Artisan tea farmers offering rare teas that are hand-picked and processed using traditional techniques. Without the use of equipment used for mass-production, the results are simply stunning.

We source these authentic teas from renowned tea gardens in Sri Lanka, Dimbula, Darjeeling and India, all of which have established their reputations on a global scale. We also source from vast regions in China and Taiwan, working with independent artisan tea farmers. They use traditional methods which have been passed down to them by their ancestors over many centuries, which adds the rich heritage and history to our speciality teas.

What teas are in this range?

Taiwan

Taiwan is renowned for producing the world's finest Oolong teas. Our superb range of rare Taiwan black and Oolong teas are grown by Formosan Farms' family run, small-scale tea farms. These are nestled in the misty hills and sparkling lakes of this fantastical region. Read more about Taiwan's tea history in our blog here.

(Alishan Gaoshan wulong, 阿里山高山烏龍) is grown on the highest altitude of the mountain range, Mountain Ali, at the height of 1500m. From this harvest, only the most tender leaves have been hand-picked and dried; they have been given a gentle roll, to preserve the full leaf appearance. With buttery smooth and apricot notes, this Oolong has a strong, sweet aroma that is increasingly popular with tea lovers from all over the globe.

Ali Shan, Chiayi

Altitude: 1500M
Spring & Winter seasons
Ali Shan certified
Variety: Green-bud oolong
Fermentation: 15%

 

(Hongyu 日月潭紅玉)black tea is a testament for the superior quality of tea grown in the plush fields of Yuchi, nestled in Nantou, Formosa Island. This black tea has a rich, creamy flavour and a natural fragrance of cinnamon and mint that delicately balances the senses, as if you were delicately floating on the magical Sun Moon Lake itself.

Altitude: 600M
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter seasons
Sun Moon Lake Black Tea certified

Pesticide/Herbicide/Chemical free
Variety: Taiwan, No.18
Fermentation: 100%

 

(Yuansheng shancha 台灣原生山茶) tea will transport you to the blissful, foggy hills in Nantou, in Taiwan. The High Mountain teas harvested in this region are considered the best quality in Taiwan; this is due to the high altitude the leaves grow in under the clouds, where least amount of sunlight can reach them. This authentic tea has a light floral and caramel flavour, perfect for those looking to revel in a superior tea.

Altitude: 600M
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter seasons
Sun Moon Lake Black Tea certified
Pesticide/ Herbicide/ Chemical free
Variety:  Purple Bud
(180-year trees)
Fermentation: 100%

 

Supreme Oriental Beauty (頂級東方美人)  is quite a distinctive, premium tea. The beautifully shaped white tipped leaf is a testament to its carefully controlled oxidisation; this keeps the leaf whole and sweet flavour intact. This tea is grown at 200m altitude and imparts a sweet honey aroma.  The natural fruitiness of the leaves is worked by Mother Nature herself, with the help of leafhopper insects, you can read more about this in our Oriental Beauty: The Story blog.

Altitude: 200M
Spring season
Organic certified
Variety:  Chin Shin Dah Pan
Fermentation: 70%

 

Formosan Farms produce premium, single origin teas that are organically grown by family tea-farms in Formosa Island, Taiwan.

The sustainably grown teas are 100% pure, with no added chemicals or pesticides. The leaves are of high quality with choices of grade. The farms' sustainable ethos ensures the methods used in cultivation are eco-friendly with the environment in mind. Their stories are available to read on our tea product pages.

 

China

China is well-known and respected for its long-standing history of tea production. This heritage gives rise to some of the finest teas in the industry, and our selection of Chinese loose leaf tea here includes the highest quality and rare teas. 

We are proud to bring you our 2019 harvest of Anji Bai Cha,  a rare and exquisite loose leaf green tea. Our Anji Bai Cha is produced in Zhejiang Province, China, and is expertly picked by experienced tea farmers. Harvested in early spring during a very short harvesting period 3 weeks, the thin, long tender buds are carefully handpicked and pan dried, with little or no processing, almost similar to making white teas. 

 

Cultivar: Bai Ye Cultivar
Processing Method: Pan-fried and hand-rolled
Picking Location: An Ji, Hu Zhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
Picking Date: 30th Mar - 2nd Apr 2019

 

This premium aged Pu erh tea has a pronounced earthy aroma and taste with spicy undertones. Unlike many Pu erh teas, this loose leaf Pu erh has not been compressed into a shape. The tea leaves have been aged for 29 years, using traditional Chinese Pu erh aging methods. Ageing has developed a smooth and mature earthy flavour, which is exceptionally pleasurable. This Pu erh tea belongs to the ‘Ripened’ category, also known as ‘Shu’. To get the most authentic brewing result, we recommend that you use a Gaiwan and follow the instructions in our Pu erh Brewing Guide.

Age: 29 years

 

Sri Lanka

Known in the world of tea by its colonial name, ‘Ceylon’, the tea-shaped country of Sri Lanka is one of the world’s most celebrated exporters of tea. Last year, the country celebrated its 150th anniversary of its historic tea industry. The climate on the mountainous island creates the ideal conditions for growing the Camellia Sinensis tea plant.

Our Rare Ceylon Silver Tips are made with carefully handpicked, single origin, un-opened buds that are sun-dried in the misty hills of Ceylon. The velvety silver lined leaf contains a very high level of polyphenols, antioxidants and are low in caffeine.

 

The smooth and delicate flavour of this exquisite loose leaf tea can be attributed to the unique weather conditions on the Adam’s Peak tea estate in Sri Lanka. Situated at 7,000ft above sea level, the misty morning mountain dew and long periods of dense sunlight, endows this ‘Finest Broken Orange Pekoe Flowery - Extra Special’ category of tea with an exceptional flavour. Made from the most tender buds and bursting with silver tips, this is an outstanding tea that can be enjoyed mid-morning or in the afternoon.

 

India

India is home to many tea-producing regions, the most popular of these being Assam and Darjeeling. These regions exceed India's international reputation of producing fine, quality teas with each harvest. 

This sublime 2019 First Flush from the Glenburn tea garden in Darjeeling is nothing short of perfection. This year's harvest began at the start of the season in late February 2019 and the leaves were plucked mid March; at the time where the leaf is most suitable for the Moonshine. The rising temperatures after the winter period slow down the growing process, which helps makes the leaf the most succulent and flavourful it is all year. The tea's ethereal and gentle flavour entices the palate in an amazing tea experience.

The tea garden: Located in the Himalayas, Glenburn is ethically managed by one of the most widely respected tea families in India. Two snow-fed Himalayan rivers - the Rungeet and the Rung Dung - wind through the estate and nourish the Glenburn tea bushes.

 

This is an exceptionally crafted black tea with subtle yet, complex flavours. The liquor is amber in colour with mild briskness, sweet mouth-feel and pronounced character. The succulently tender first flush leaves are gently hand-rolled into curled wiry tea and imparts a garden-fresh aroma. This particular black fusion tea has won many awards for its exquisite flavours. This tea is produced in Doke Tea Garden, a small independent family run tea garden situated in Bihar region of India.

 

The region: Doke tea garden is situated near the city of Kishanganj, next to the Doke River. 

 

This best-selling 2019 First Flush Darjeeling from Singell Tea Garden is one of the best teas we have tasted this year.  This Darjeeling loose leaf is produced as a micro-batch, from the first spring flush of the third week of March and we are lucky enough to get our hands on a limited quantity of this sublime tea. The tea is so fresh and when you open the bag, the beautiful fresh aroma of the tea leaves will immediately transport you to the misty hills of Darjeeling.    

 

The region: Singell Estate is also leading its way in organic and biodynamic farming and the garden is also certified “Fair Trade” enterprise that operates various project to ensure the wellbeing of its 500 plus workforce. The manager at Singell Mr. Suba and his dedicated team take great care in nurturing the tea trees, harvesting and most of all consistently producing some of the wonderful teas Darjeeling has to offer. 

Is anything else included when I purchase these teas?

Upon purchasing these speciality teas, you will find they are packed in special edition caddy tins, adding that extra flavour of luxury to your buy. Like the other caddies, these are still recyclable and you can read more about our new environmentally friendly packaging in our blog here.

A tea knowledge card will also arrive with your order, detailing the region of the tea; how best to brew the leaves and notes on what the tea tastes like. 

 

To find our more information on our tea knowledge cards for teas not listed in our Rare & Limited range, email tea@theteamakers.co.uk!

 

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