Cape Lavender Tea
I tried this with my Devonshire Tea at Cape Lavender Tea House in the Margaret River region in Western Australia. I was so blown away by the herbal organic black tea (usually not my bag) infused with lavender that I grabbed a jar on my way out the door. My only regret is not to have bought more!
Quince Vanilla Green
On a recent Devonshire Tea mission to Mount Tamborine, I stumbled upon the Mt Tamborine Tea Shop. Short on time (too many Devonshire Teas to try), and with too many choices I chose the Quince Vanilla Green tea as I am already a huge fan of Japanese Quince Tea. Wise choice and I couldn’t be happier. Perusing the website, I like the offer of free postage to anywhere in Australia on orders over $50.
Summer Rose White
In August 2014, the inaugural Sydney Tea Festival was held at the superb Carriageworks in Redfern. Considering it was a miserable wet day, the place was pumping with tea aficionados and fans. I came across Kettle Town teas and after much tasting and deliberation settled on this light and refreshing white tea that’s peppered with rose and orange that’s suitable for anytime of the year. kettletown.com
The Tea Centre certainly has an incredible list of teas to ponder over. While I was having a Devonshire Tea at Tea & Niceties on Mt Tamborine, my friend and I discovered this delicious green tea, Morning Flower. The Tea Centre describes it as having a “pretty and bright bouquet creating a sweet burst of tropical flavours.” Myself? I love the subtle and natural tasting flavours that are light and not too sweet. The safflower, cornflower and rose flowers don’t ring any tropical bells, instead I’d go for spring. theteacentre.com.au
I was drawn to The Loose Leaf Tea House stall at the 2015 Sydney Tea Festival,not by the hordes of tea sippers vying for attention but the simple packaging and superb blends, especially this Japanese Sencha. This light green tea is peppered with corn flower blossom, rose petals and calendula. Brew, put your feet up and enjoy. thelooseleafteahouse.com.au
Gunpowder Green with Mango, Guava and Passionfruit
Whilst visiting a friend in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England recently, I picked up this gorgeous exotic and flavoursome green tea. I gather it’s from The Shepherd’s Purse Boutique in Whitby, North Yorkshire. My friend had no idea how the green tea laced with the subtle tropical flavours of mango, guava and passionfruit ended up gathering dust in her kitchen cupboard. Luckily it’s in mine now! theshepherdspurseboutique.com
When I was in Milton on the New South Wales south coast, I discovered Something’s Brewing. Selling all things related to tea including a vast selection of loose-leaf teas. Having been to Copenhagen and to their tea shops, I was instantly drawn to the brew. A black tea with a blend of citrus, fruit, flowers and vanilla, it’s subtle yet strong and I think of wonderful Copenhagen at every sip. somethingsbrewing.com.au