L'Essentiel - Speciality Loose Leaf Teas

 

Our 'everyday range'. We've searched far and wide for taste sensations that excite us - quality loose leaf teas that have character and reflect where they’re grown and produced. We created the ‘l’essentiel’ range so that you too can enjoy some of the most exquisite tasting teas on earth, every day. Life is too short and time too precious to have it any other way. We hope you will enjoy these teas as much as we have done in selecting them for you.

 

Packaged in 100% biodegradable resealable foil pouches, in sizes from as little as 10g, these teas are for real tea lovers who take pleasure in savouring new and different teas every day, and don't want all the extra packaging.

 

  1. Assam Gold - Sample

    Assam Gold - Sample

    Organic Black Tea

    A classic black tea from western Assam. Selected by us from the countless number of estates in the world’s largest tea growing region but only a few certified organic. This is where the assam bush, Camellia Sinensis variety Assamica was discovered and the world’s first tea estate was established in 1837. A rich and full-bodied tea that can be drunk with or without milk. In some respects synonymous to the Rhino, of which this region is well known!


    "If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you."

    Gladstone, 1865

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  2. Earl Grey - Royal Blue

    Earl Grey - Royal Blue

    Black Tea

    Many myths and recipes surround Earl Grey, whose distinctive flavour and aroma come from combining black teas from Keemun, Formosa Oolong, Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon with oil extracted from bergamot rind and finished with blue cornflowers. A delcious fragrant, refreshing and stylishly complex brew fit for a King or Queen.


    "Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors"
    Alice Walker


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  3. Himalayan Expedition

    Himalayan Expedition

    Black Tea

    Delicious second flush from Nepal. Nepal tea industry has been slow to develop, but the fantastic, little-known, Darjeeling-style teas from this fabled Himalayan land are starting to make waves. This wonderfully complex tea second flush from our gardens high up in the mountains, delivers a full bodied jammy sweetness, with black pepper, caramel and hazelnut flavours that linger tantalisingly on the tongue. Fair-trade and Organic from 2013 we are pleased to be working with this beautiful tea estate.


    "People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things."
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  4. Himalayan Oolong

    Himalayan Oolong

    Oolong Tea

    A very special tea from probably one of the most beatiful tea gardens up high in the Nepalese Himalayas. This Darjeeling styled rich oolong is made entirely by hand from only the tenderest autumnal leaves, producing long, twisted dark brown spicy fragrant leaves with golden tips. A must have for any tea connoisseur!


    "There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea."
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  5. New Vithanakande Extra Special

    New Vithanakande Extra Special

    Black Tea

    Award winning silver tips black tea from the beautiful New Vithanakande tea estate. We have searched far and wide across the island of Ceylon to bring you the best teas, and we have found it! Having won awards in Japan and the USA this Extra Special FBOP black tea is a must. Ceylon tea is bright and lively, medium body and delightfully tangy, best drunk balck and perfect for afternoon tea.


    "Another novelty is the tea-party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment."
    Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste More details

  6. Organic Green Rooibos

    Organic Green Rooibos

    Tisane (Herbal Tea)

    From the Wiedouw estate in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa, where it is organically grown, this rare long-cut green rooibos herbal tea is hand-picked and cured naturally in the sun. With a fresh natural vegetal taste, being only partly processed much like any normal green tea, this green Rooibos contains a higher level of antioxidants and minerals than standard Rooibos. Which arguably means this naturally caffeine free, organic and rainforest alliance certified tea, could arguably be the healthiest tea in the world!


    There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  7. Organic Vanilla Rooibos

    Organic Vanilla Rooibos

    Tisane (Herbal Tea)

    The most popular of all our Rooibos teas. From the Wiedouw farm in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa, where it is organically grown, hand-picked and cured naturally in the sun, this special long-cut Rainforest Alliance certified Rooibos (and Fair-trade from 2013) has a soothing aroma and sweet vibrant taste, complimented by the addition of the best organic vanilla in the world, from Madagascar. For this tea we use only 100% organic vanilla pods and do not add any essences or flavourings, producing a natural tasting blend that is flavoursome even after the second or third infusion.


    "I always fear that creation will expire before teatime"
    Sydney Smith
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  8. Pure Ceylon

    Pure Ceylon

    Black Tea

    Award winning OP1 grade black tea from the beautiful island of Sri Lanka (or Ceylon). Ceylon tea is bright and lively, medium body and delightfully tangy, lighter than Assam teas it is best drunk black or with a dash of milk. We wanted an everyday tea that is equally delicious with afternoon tea or while relaxing with a biscuit. A tea that you can easily, dress up or equally dress down, and with this tea everything is possible!


    "I always fear that creation will expire before teatime"
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  9. Guild of Fine Foods Gold Winner 2012_Chateau Rouge Wiedouw Luxury Organic Rooibos

    Wiedouw Organic Rooibos - 100g Loose Leaf

    Tisane (Herbal Tea)

    The most tea-like of herbal teas, 100% organic, naturally caffeine free Rooibos (also known as Redbush tea) is renowned for its health properties. This single estate Rooibos has been selected exclusively from the Wiedouw tea farm in the Cederberg mountains of South Africa, has been organic since 1997 as well as Rainforest Alliance and Fair-trade certified. The production process has remained largely unchanged and makes use of the natural hot and sunny climate, where the tea is entirely handpicked and cured naturally in the sun. This award winning special long-cut Rooibos has a soothing aroma and sweet vibrant taste with an almost 'tea-like' texture that produces multiple flavorsome cups using the same leaves.


    "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me"
    C.S. Lewis

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