New Zealand Waikato Black Tea

4 reviews
Regular price £17.99
(45p per cup)

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Every now and then, somebody comes to our Tasting Room with something quite remarkable. The Waikato Black was one of those memorable occasions. We had to add it to our collection and share it with you.

A first for us from New Zealand; showcasing an innovative new tea terroir and mastery.

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23 November 2020
Anna S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Delicious tea

Expensive but very delicious! I've bought this twice now. It's great as a special treat when you really want to savour your tea. Bear in mind that you can use the same tea leaves to make multiple cups of tea and just when you think they've really 'had it', use them again with your regular builders brew to add a certain something.

RH
21 November 2020
Rebecca H.
United States United States
One of my must-haves

This tea embodies the makes-everything-better properties that one looks for in a good cup. I make sure I always have this on hand because I would be very sad without the toasty, almost chocolate-y notes in my life. Highly recommend!

D
21 November 2020
David
United States United States
A new favorite

Being a relative tea novice, I can’t describe Waikato’s taste (I.e. earthy with hints of...) but I can tell you it is my new favorite black tea. While having a pretentious afternoon tea at London’s posh Claridge’s Reading Room, Waikato was one of the teas on the menu. The menu’s description of Waikato resonated and by sheer dumb luck I tried it. I liked it instantly. Although attempted another tea that afternoon, I immediately went back to Waikato—there being no comparison to my palate. I left Claridge’s determined to find Waikato black tea to enjoy at home. Fortunately I found it here at Rare Tea Co. otherwise my enjoyment of Waikato black tea would be limited to afternoon tea at Claridge’s.

NT
27 June 2020
Nicholas T.
Among the Best

I was fortunate enough to snag some of this black tea for free with a larger order. I’m ashamed to admit that I may have overlooked it otherwise, as my black tea tastes typically hail from India. I steeped an overnight cold infusion and in the morning was met with such delicious aromas and flavors, it gave me pause. Redolent with rich honey and malt, this Waikato is certainly among the best black teas I’ve ever had.

New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea
New Zealand Waikato Black Tea

Tasting Notes

This whole leaf black tea has a full-bodied biscuity mouth feel that’s both distinct and gentle. Notes of gingerbread and late summer honey.

Quantity

Use 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water.

Temperature

For the optimum infusion use 80°C (176°F) water.

Time

Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.

Infusions

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

Cost Per Cup

45p per cup based on 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water and 2 infusions.

SEEDLINGS

Careful propagation

NEW ZEALAND

Waikato, Hamilton

The Zealong Tea Estate’s home is the Waikato region in Hamilton, New Zealand. Hamilton is renowned for its fog and this plays a key role in ensuring the tea bushes maintain the perfect level of moisture to thrive.

Climate

Gentle sunshine, and abundant rainfall

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