I wanted to find really good quality every day black loose leaf teas as well as speciality teas that are a bit “off the beaten track” our two breakfast teas are blends of high quality teas to give a balanced brew. Gardeners breakfast tea is an Assam blend, it's good and strong and our equivalent of a buying a builders brew. Ceylon Breakfast is our version of English Breakfast tea and a more refined blend of Ceylon, Rwandan, keemun and assam teas it can take milk but is lovely served plain or with a slice of lemon.
Our classic Darjeeling is Margarets Hope and our Ceylon is Kenilworth OP1 however I have also been searching for some of the more quirky and unusual teas such as Golden Maloom a delightful Nepali tea, our Fine Georgian made in Tamaz’ tiny tea factory a lovely rich, smooth oaky brew and our Amba Estate “thieves tea” which is the only hand made Vangedi Pekoe tea on sale anywhere in the world as far as I know. This rare hand made tea is close to my heart since I helped put it on the map whilst managing Amba tea Estate. I learned how to make it from Sudumenike and Rassamah, two of the ladies working on the estate. It's a smooth, well balanced brew made the same way that generations of estate workers made tea for themselves at home and a small piece of tea history in a cup. To created this tea, the pluckers had to steal a few leaves which led to the practise being outlawed and almost forgotten. You can buy black teas in small taster / sampler packs to try - they make interesting comparisons.