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Scottish Teas 2017

As we have mentioned in previous Blogs, this is such a great time of year in the Tea industry. As Spring ends and Summer starts, Tea plants are flushing, and plucking and processing is well under way. This is as true in Scotland, as it is in any Tea Growing region of the world – and there have been some wonderful developments this year already!

So far this Spring, there has been real excitement at WeeTea HQ as we have been receiving first flushes and indeed new teas from Scotland’s Tea Gardens. Indeed, we were even fortunate enough to have a quick lesson in Matcha making – a real treat! Best left to the experts though!!

We thought we would take this opportunity to bring these teas together in this Blog, and give you a bit of an overview of some of the teas produced this season so far.

Isle of Mull - Matcha

It is a joy to know that since harvesting their first flush of 2017, Isle of Mull Teas have continued to make their now famous Matcha. Matcha is a super-concentrated green tea made by finely grinding the tea leaves into a bright green powder that is famed for high levels of antioxidants and nutrients.

You can expect deep vegetal notes from this Matcha. Smelling the tea before brewing offers aromas of beautiful, fresh, almost salt-water tones. On tasting, expect sweet vegetal flavours, a hint of pepper and a tiny bit of smoke. The slight bitter edge that follows the initial sweet, offers refreshment and is light on the palate.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MATCHA HERE

Dalreoch Teas

Dalreoch - First Flush White Tea 2017

The Dalreoch Tea Garden continues to produce teas of sublime quality. This year’s first flush of White tea has been consistently outstanding, and continues to impress tea enthusiasts the world over. All the tastes we want in first class White Tea are in abundance. Sweet notes of peach, melon and a certain nuttiness. However, this harvest has produced flavours that are distinct beyond that. Initially, there are hints of pine, vanilla and grape, which are beyond silky and smooth. The lingering profiles are very much brighter flavours of citrus, lemon and honey. The unique Scottish terroir has produced another true delight.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DALREOCH WHITE TEA HERE

Ecclefechan Oolong Tea

Dalreoch - Ecclefechan Oolong Tea

The first Scottish Oolong Tea! What more to say! A real achievement and a lot of effort in the making! Everything about this tea is enticing and exciting. Before even getting to brewing, the bold and large leaves themselves are intriguing and unique.

Once brewed, there are two distinct layers of flavour to expect. Initially, embrace the sweetness, which shows hints of floral and vanilla. Then, at the back of the palate, enjoy the deeper, subtle peat and vegetal notes. As these little complexities enchant you, sit back and appreciate the warm, rounded, evenly balanced profiles which make this a tea to savour.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ECCLEFECHAN OOLONG HERE

Garrocher TeasGarrocher - Cherry & Blossom Scottish Green Tea

Perhaps the springiest of Spring Teas?? This limited blend from Garrocher is just a cup full of happiness and all things seasonal!! At the heart of this blend is beautiful, delicate Scottish Green Tea. In perfect harmony, there are bursts of fruit, and hints of sweet and sour Cherry, paired with very subtle floral notes, that make this a tea to dance with! The dry leaf appearance is large, exciting and colourful. Brew with some care to release the layers of flavour and surprise!

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CHERRY & BLOSSOM GREEN TEA HERE

Isle of Lismore Grown in Scotland

Isle of Lismore Tea - Scottish Sencha

One of Scotland’s newest Tea Gardens, and recently featured in our #brewdaytuesday feed on Facebook (link). This VERY limited edition tea is incredibly good! A real skill to produce such fine and delicate Sencha style tea leaves, absolutely crammed with flavour and Scottish freshness.

Expect long vegetal notes, with a degree of salinity and gentle bitter, grassy flavours. The quality arises from the earthy, sweet and deep warming fruity flavours. The essence of true Sencha has been captured in this tea, and with the love and attention it deserves, a palate full of fresh, complex flavours awaits. There are certain aspects of Sencha one hopes to experience when drinking it. To bring out these flavours, care and attention MUST be taken during brewing - the leaves are very delicate.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SCOTTISH SENCHA HERE

 Isle of Arran Grown in Scotland

Isle of Arran Tea - Hojicha

Also one of Scotland’s newest Tea Gardens, this Hojicha from the Isle of Arran is truly something very unique and special. The depth and range of flavours from this tea is literally outstanding.

You could be forgiven for not recognising this Hojicha as a Green Tea. The skill in processing has replaced the expected vegetal flavours, with complex aromas that will surprise and perhaps even astonish. There are lasting and long flavours of roasted nut and toffee with just a hint of salinity and vegetative freshness. The depth of flavour is a joy, and the resounding impact of the almost peanut brittle like flavours, leaves you wanting more and more.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOJICHA HERE

 

 

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