Although us Brits love nothing more than a good cup of tea, we’re not exactly famed for making the good stuff ourselves. We’ve taken the Chinese national drink and made it our own tradition, but slowly and surely we are starting to make and grow our own delightful leaves locally with some real success. The Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall was the first to start producing very British tea, and now we have the world’s finest tea (thanks to a nod and prestigious gold award from the Salon de The in Paris) growing in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The clean air, fresh spring water and good soil makes The Wee Tea Plantation’s tea award winning, and fancy tea places can’t seem to get enough of it.
The Dalreoch Estate has created the world’s first ever smoked white tea, and due to its rarity and high regard, it’s also one of the most expensive teas in the world. It received so much unexpected excitement that my Father ordered some for me to try as, in his words, “the best mugs need to contain the best tea” (naw, thanks Pa). I’ve never really got into white teas, I’m sort of stuck in a rut with classic black tea or peppermint tea as I always get a bit nervous trying something new. I’m ashamedly one of those ‘stick with what you know' types. I can be incredibly boring. So, when I was presented with a shiny box of the world’s best, I was entirely anxious about how my taste buds would react given their immaturity and lack of refined taste.
Price: £35 for 15g.
: Upon opening my tin of tea, there were some seriously intense smoky smells – I was a little sceptical to say the least. I used my Medium Cha Cult Tea Infuser
(which by the way fits perfectly in Qtique mugs
) to brew one teaspoon of leaves for 2 minutes with some very low expectations of enjoying my cuppa. How wrong I was! It isn’t bitter or overpowering at all like I had anticipated, instead tasting unusually subtle and delicate, and surprisingly naturally quite sweet. It’s very much a tea to be enjoyed, and it fully deserves the interruption of a brief time out in your day to not be slurped whilst being distracted. I happily sipped it till the last drop and will be protecting and rationing my small supply as little treats.
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