Tea Review – First Flush Darjeeling – Canton Tea Company

Tea Selection: First Flush Darjeeling Organic

Company Name: Canton Tea Co.

Location: Yanley Lane Bristol and London






What Canton Tea Co. says about themselves (taken from online source):


Canton Tea was founded in 2007 in London by Jennifer Wood. For years she had been unwittingly drinking some of the most expensive green tea in the world, a Pouchong given to her each spring by a tea-farmer friend in Taiwan.


It was the love of this tea that inspired the business. After a career as a copywriter in brand design, she wanted to create a company around the authentic pleasure of handmade tea.


Edgar Thoemmes, a natural entrepreneur with a gift for technology and a highly developed taste for fine tea, soon joined Jennifer. They set out to source the very best teas in the world, travelling to tea farms, meeting the producers and learning about tea. The learning never stops.





Read more about Canton Teas on their website: HERE. http://www.cantonteaco.com




What Canton Tea says about this tea:

Light, bright and refreshing, this wonderful, loose leaf, organic Darjeeling is made from the first flush of 2014. Perfect for everyday drinking. This year we are only stocking darjeeling teas from our favourite Darjeeling Estate – Arya and we are now the sole UK stockists of organic Arya Tea.



Organic Darjeeling tea


COSTS: Sample Bag £2.00

Price may vary according to the amount purchased.




Here is what I think


I say it every time I get the opportunity to review a tea that comes purely from a location such as a hill or meadow that is hand picked and prepared with the minimal amount of automation and it somehow makes its way to my tea cup. I feel as if it’s an honor in some sense. If you close your eyes, calm your self and mediatea on what is before you, your mind can soar and your mind can sense and feel as if you can taste and smell exactly where the tea was picked.


What I liked


This tea is a very mild tea, vegetal and reminds me of an oak tree or meadow. It’s a very light brew. No aftertaste. Close your eyes and dream of a place far away, sip and enjoy!


What I did not like


Slightly bitter



Until next sip pinkies up and face the wind! You got this!


P.S. I’ve included an average brewing instruction chart below to help you brew your teas.






These are common instructions for brewing teas, however if the company suggests other brewing I will include it in the review section.


Time and Temperature Guide:


Tea      Temperature Minutes

Black      95°C / 205°F 3 – 5

Oolong/White 85°C / 185°F 3 – 4

Green/Yellow 80°C / 176°F 2 – 3

Herbal/Tisanes.         100°C / 212°F 5 – 15

** As always stated by My Tea Vault, we think you should enjoy tea the way you like it, I like mine very strong with no sweetener, these are just guidelines and I suggest you use the guideline then adjust for your own tastes.


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