September Tea Selection
This month is the beginning of Autumn. The time of the year it starts to get colder and everybody fancies a nice cup of tea while sitting in knitted jumpers. Every month we have a selection of teas, but this month we have picked out some of our teas that fit perfectly for this time of year.
Our Apple Tea have pieces from the finest apples picked in Kent at this time of the year. The Garden of England is known for this wonderful fruit and this Tea rings with Apple flavour with a pleasant aroma.
This tea has a lovely black tea for the base with fresh apple pieces giving it a lovely smell as well as looking yummy!
This tea is a black tea, so we suggest brewing with fresh boiling water. Use a teaspoon of the leaf and let to infuse for 3 to 5 minutes. You should not leave the tea to brew much longer than that as it may become bitter.
While pouring the tea out, you will be able to smell the lovely apple aroma from the coppery liquor. The taste of the tea is subtle, but tasty! It reminded me of when you eat or cut freshly picked apples from the orchard. This tea would be lovely on a nice Autumn afternoon!
Assam Green Tea Joonktollee
The next tea in our selection is our is the Assam Green Tea Joonktollee. The Joonktollee tea estate is situated on the south bank of the Bramaputra river that runs through the heart of the tea growing district of Assam. This rare unfermented speciality loose leaf tea has a fine even green leaf. This remarkable loose green tea is a great example of a tea that would normally be
used for a black fermented leaf but is manufactured green.
The leaf of this tea is a lovely mix of light and dark green, giving it a beautiful appearance. It's quite a dry leaf, and can be crushed easily, so you will need to be gentle while putting the leaf into the pot to make sure you don't end up with dust!
As this is a green tea, you will need to use boiling water that has been left to cool for a minute or two before pouring it onto the leaves. Then leave the tea to infuse for 2 to 3 minutes. But make sure not to leave for any longer as green tea can become bitter very quickly.
The liquor is a lovely light limey green colour with a wonderful fresh smell. Once they are wet, the tea leaves look a little like seaweed, but has a lovely smooth and clear taste to it. This tea would be great on a chilly morning to wake you up and detox you for the day ahead.
China Black Tea
Thirdly, this is our China Black Tea. This Chinese Black Tea comes from the Anhui province of China. A lovely dark loose leaf tea with large black leaves that produces a lovely amber liquor. A traditional strong tasting china black tea. Sometimes used as a good breakfast tea or as a base tea for flavouring and scenting.
The leaf has a lovely dark colour to it, making it the perfect base for any flavourings or added fruit. It has a lovely deep earthy smell to it, and it's a much tougher leaf than the green tea.
Again, this is a black tea. Use a teaspoon of the leaf and then pour freshly boiled water into the pot. Leave to infuse the tea for 3 to 5 minutes to really get the flavour out of it. But remember not to over brew!
The liquor to this tea has a lovely coppery yellow colour to it, and smells beautifully fresh. When drinking it, you get a lovely warm feeling, so this tea would be perfect for when you come in out of the cold and need a good warm up!
Redcurrant Autumn Flavoured Black Tea
We thought this tea would go well in the September selection as it had Autumn in the name! Our Redcurrant Autumn Flavoured Black Tea is a fine quality loose leaf Ceylon Tea blended with Red Safflowers and delicately scented with natural redcurrant. A full flavoured Tea with a wonderful aroma.
This is a good example at how a black tea makes a good base for a tea. The black really makes the red flowers stand out. It has a beautiful aroma that remindeds me of Winegum Sweets!
This is another black tea, so use fresh boiling water over the leaves and let it infuse for 3 to 5 minutes to really get the redcurrent flavour. But make sure not to over brew as it will taste bitter.
The liquor is a lovely golden yellow, again with that wonderful aroma! It has a really nice fruity tangy taste which then leaves a nice smooth aftertaste. I would recommend this tea if you need something warm, but with a different taste to it.
Darjeeling Sungma Broken Pekoe Souchong
And finally we have our Darjeeling Sungma Broken Pekoe Souchong. The Sungma Tea Estate is situated in the Rung Bong Valley of Darjeeling. The tea plants are grown at altitudes of between 1 400m and 2 400m and the tea estate covers an area of approximately 281 hectares. This Darjeeling Sungma is a Broken Pekoe Souchong grade and is organic in production.
The loose tea leaves are tight and curly. They have a lovely mixture of light and dark greens, making it a very attractive looking tea!
This is a black tea, but we recommend brewing it for 2 to 3 minutes. Like every other black tea, use a teaspoon of the leaves and then pour fresh boiling water over them. If you fancy more of a stronger taste, then you can leave the tea to infuse longer than 3 minutes, but not too much longer as it can become bitter.
The liquor of this tea is a lovely bright coppery yellow with a very fresh smell. The taste is quite delicate and subtle, but has a lovely flavour. This tea would be lovely for a mid afternoon drink on a sunny Autumn afternoon.