English breakfast tea is generally a blend of around 60 industrially produced teas. This richly complex bespoke blend is three single estate hand-crafted black teas from China, Darjeeling and Malawi.
Tregothnan Earl Grey
The first ever English tea, grown at Tregothnan, the ancient Estate in Cornwall established in 1335. Blended with a top quality Assam and delicately scented with bergamot, it is both subtle and satisfying.
Made to exacting traditional methods this tea contains a hint of smoke like a fine malt whisky. Unlike mass-produced versions that use pine oil it is smoked with barkless pine wood from a protected forest. Singularly subtle and delicious.
Green Leaf Tea
This whole leaf tea is the antithesis of bitter modern processing. Clean and refreshing, it is carefully hand-crafted in a wok. Grown in the mountains of Fujian, China, it comes from a garden where tea has been produced in this way for 5000 years.
Jasmine Silver Tip Tea
Crafted entirely from the most delicate silver tips, which are the first leaf buds of spring, at the point of unfurling. Not flavoured with additives but carefully scented over six consecutive nights with fresh jasmine flowers, this is simply the finest jasmine tea.
This is a Second Flush Muscatel Darjeeling. It comes from a small farm where they have been crafting this tea for many generations. They only produce a few hundred kilos a year of the very best. Rich floral aromas of apricot and peach. Soft green notes of wet earth. A perfectly balanced, mineral dry finish.
A speciality of Dalat, the cool hill station in Vietnam's central highlands Ca Phe, Vietnam Artichoke Tea is made from 100% globe artichoke flowers, stems & leaves. The tea is caffeine-free and has the most wonderful mellow smoky flavour. The artichoke is one of the world's oldest medicinal plants.
This strong afternoon tea comes from Satemwa Estate on Thyolo mountain in the Shire Highlands of Malawi. Picked from rare cultivars and carefully crafted it is both deeply satisfying and richly complex. It's the sort of tea our grandparents would have enjoyed. If you need the strength of a 'bulders' but want something more than flat tannin this is your tea. Its like drinking tea in 3-D. Richly malty you won't be disappointed.
This peppermint is grown in Cornwall on the Tregothnan estate. It is one of the very last English mints in production. Cheaper, industrial imports have dominated the market but they are not a patch on the flavour. Head gardener Jonathan Jones has selected cultivars that perform best in their unique microclimate where growing conditions are ideal. This mint has a unique depth of flavour. It is uncommonly strong and you only need a tiny pinch for a robust flavour.
Rarest Satemwa Gunpowder Tea
Very rich powerful tea from the Zombie variety of tea-bush that works perfectly with mint and sugar. Only a few kilos are produced each year on a small tea-garden in the Shire Highlands of Malawi.
These whole chamomile flowers are grown on a small Turkish farm. The flavour is sweet and soft .
Grown wild in the Cedarburg Mountains and harvested on horseback this is real redbush. Wild leopards roam where this tea grows. Rich and earthy. Full bodied, rich and deep.
Aloysia triphylla or lemon verbena is a leafy herb with a wonderful lemon flavour. The whole leaves have been cut to help them infuse. It is believed to help aid digestion and to alleviate stress.
Over the next few weeks Hix Selfridges will be showcasing some rare and exquisite 'pour over' coffees from Starbucks as part of their Special ReserveTM range.