21st Century Afternoon Tea
21st Century Afternoon Tea
21st Century Afternoon Tea
21st Century Afternoon Tea

21st Century Afternoon Tea Loose Leaf Oolong Tea

Regular price £14.49
(30p per cup)

1078 in stock

An iconoclastic blend of old and new world oolong teas to make something truly delicious.

This loose leaf oolong blend combines Iron Goddess of Mercy from the ancient gardens of Anxi in China with the pristine new leaves of Waikato in New Zealand. The result is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

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Tasting Notes

The flavour develops with each infusion of this clean but complex tea. The first infusions are rich with flavours of tart stewed apple and cookie dough. This leads into bright sencha greens and sherbert. Later infusions have a soft digestive biscuit note and a final mineral finish.


Use 3g of tea per 150ml of water.
(We recommend giving the leaves a quick wash with hot water before infusing to help them open up.)


For the optimum infusion use 95°C (203°F) water.


Infuse for 90 seconds, tasting regularly.


You can infuse this tea at least three times. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

30p per cup based on 3g of tea per 150ml of water and 3 infusions.

This tea can be infused several times to reveal incredible subtleties of flavour. We recommend infusing your loose leaf oolong tea in a gaiwan tea set. Using small amounts of hot water with a high leaf to water ratio, and infusing many times rather than making one large pot can uncover countless flavours.

Use an inch of hot water at 100°C (212°F) to rapidly "wash" the leaf for a few seconds. You can discard this first brew. This opens out the rolled leaf and allows the water to penetrate.

Subsequent infusions are best made at high temperature but rapidly - just 20-30 seconds. You don’t need to reheat the water as you go – the softened leaf will require lower temperatures. In all we recommend at least six steps to allow the leaf to completely open out and reveal all its beauty.

You can also enjoy one teaspoon of leaves all day; coming back to the same pot and reinfusing it – but in this instance reheat the water to 90°C (194°F).

Here is a short video demonstrating how to get the most out of your precious oolong leaves with a gaiwan:

What is the best afternoon tea?

In the past we have drunk a blend of black teas to go with Afternoon Tea, but this is a loose leaf tea blend for the 21st Century. We don’t all have time to sit around at 4 o’clock eating sandwiches and scones. Tea in the afternoon is more likely to be a pick-me-up in the midst of our busy days. Hopefully a time to stop for a moment or two to recharge and get through the last push of the day.

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