whole-leaf teas

WE ARE THE WHOLE-LEAF, ALWAYS

We take pride in sourcing and hand-picking the finest tea leaves, and to grind them down would be almost criminal. Opposed to the Crush, Tear, Curl (CTC) way, we handle the whole-leaf teas, herbs and flowers very gently so they retain more of the essential oils that give our tea its delicious, full and complex flavour as well as allow increased health benefits. As our all natural teas deliver an enhanced flavour, we encourage you to steep the same leaves multiple times for several cups of tea. Whole leaves love our simplicitea™ infuser where they can stretch out in all their glory, producing a smooth and balanced cup full of goodness.

 

WE SOURCE TEAS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

We ethically and carefully source our teas direct from the best tea gardens around the world, which are mainly in China, India and Africa. We have traveled far and wide, selected quality ingredients and blended our own combinations, to bring you this eclectic range. 

english breakfast - India                                  moroccan mint - China and Poland
earl grey supreme - India, Italy and Iran           super berry - Germany  
gunpowder supreme - China                            whole chamomile flowers - Egypt

WE HAVE DIFFERENT FORMATS TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS

Our teas are available as reusable loose leaf tea caddies or pyramid whole-leaf tea bags, because we think that even the highest quality-seeker should be allowed to enjoy tea in a simple way. Our biodegradable corn starch tea bags offer all the space whole-leaves need to infuse properly and release its complex characteristics - thus, the convenience of a tea bag with all the taste of real whole-leaf tea.

 

WE HAVE A RANGE OF 40 TEAS CLASSIFIED INTO CATEGORIES

Whether black, oolong, green or white, all tea comes from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. The taste variation starts in the growing of the plant - the location, the soil, the altitude, the weather pattern. The way the leaves are treated after plucking changes the final flavour of the tea.

black tea
Black tea is the most well-known and the most popular tea in the West. Indeed, it is often the only tea that many have encountered. As a general rule, black teas have a higher caffeine content and depth of flavour than other types of tea. Black tea is withered by being left in warm air for up to 18 hours, then rolled to crush the cells and activate the oxidation process, and finally fired once the leaves are fully-oxidised.

 

oolong tea
Sitting somewhere between green teas and black teas, oolong teas are mainly grown in China and Taiwan. They're often the connoisseur's choice due to their lightness of touch coupled with complex flavours. The leaves are withered and then
shaken every few hours to break cells and activate the oxidation process. The leaves are fired when they have reached semi-fermentation (from 30% to 75% oxidation).

green tea
Green tea, revered in the Far East for millennia, is finding new friends in the West and has become a permanent fixture on the UK tea scene. The leaves are unoxidised as they're exposed to heat (they are either roasted in wok-like pans or steamed) soon after picking to avoid the oxidation process, so are high in antioxidants and low in caffeine. As a general rule, green teas are much lighter than black teas. 

white tea
White teas are among the rarest in the world, only produced on a very limited scale. The young buds are traditionally plucked at daybreak while they are still sleeping (unopened) and are among the most carefully harvested and processed of all teas. White teas are unoxidised and usually naturally-dried, making them deliciously delicate. A real treat.

infusion tea
Not actually teas because fruit and herbal infusions are not from the tea plant (camellia sinensis) but they are delicious and we know that you love them so we had to include them. Our herbal and fruit infusions are naturally caffeine-free and often offer additional health benefits. Not actually teas because fruit and herbal infusions are not from the tea plant (camellia sinensis) but they are delicious and we know that you love them so we had to include them. Our herbal and fruit infusions are naturally caffeine-free and often offer additional health benefits. 

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