It's really all about the Tea.

Drinking Tea and enjoying it’s various and many subtle tastes. A very simple call to action that we trust will lead you to improved health and well-being. There is no substitute.

Perth based Belvidere Tea believe in the Tea they produce for you, supplying tea for drinking both hot and with ice. It matters because we know it’s really all about the ingredients, full-leaf teas, select herbs, real fruit pieces, essential oils and all the natural flavours. This is what makes all the difference to us.

It is not only the Belvidere Tea mission to deliver quality tea products to their customers, but also to educate them of our teas history and taste. Whether through our dedicated customer service team or the information that is published on our site about tea drinking

Our Mission

It is Belvidere Teas mission to become a leader in creating and selling high quality specialty teas and products that enhance the tea drinking experience of all it’s customers.

Types of Tea

All tea is the dried leaf product of the plant called Camellia Sinensis. There are many different varieties of teas available around the world which only vary by the region it was grown, the time of year picked, and the method of it’s processing.

Black Tea

Black Tea is a type of tea that is more oxidised than Oolong, Green and White Teas. It is processed by spreading the freshly plucked leaves to wither, giving off a fruity odour. While still soft, the leaves are rolled to release the chemicals which gives each leaf its characteristic flavour and colour. Leaves are then spread, in a cool humid place, to absorb air, causing the leaf colour to change from green to black colour and acquires its distinctive tea aroma.

All Black Teas are characterised by a coloured infusion, from pale orange for a first flush Darjeeling to a reddish brown for a Kenya Tea.

Black Teas from India and Ceylon are available in different leaf grades, ranging from mild to strong in taste.

Darjeeling Teas are fresh and light as semi fermented teas with a pale orange/brown liquor. Assam Teas are malty and strong with a dark liquor.

The Ceylon Tea ranges from the potent to aromatic flavours.

China Black Teas range from light to full-bodied, with some being smokey. The best known British-based blends are a combination of the three great production areas, China, India and Ceylon.

Australian Black Tea is grown in the tropical regions of the Daintree and the sub-tropical region of Tweed Heads in Queensland. They are a medium strength tea harvested and processed mechanically for local and export markets.

Our Black Teas:
English Breakfast, Earl Grey Premium, Irish Breakfast, Russian Caravan, Assam Dikom, Darjeerling Castleton, Ceylon Orange Pekoe, Australian Breakfast, Arctic Fire and Belvidere Vanilla.

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Green Tea

Green Tea is produced by thinly spreading the fresh leaves to dry on bamboo trays. Small amounts are then dried in hot, round roasting pans, to stop any fermentation. While still soft, the leaves are sometimes hand rolled into balls, roasted and dried. In Japan, the leaves are steamed on a moving belt, then cooled, rolled, twisted, dried and vacuum packed for shipment. Yellow is the best liquid colour for Green Tea.

The quality of Green Tea is judged by its aroma which should be complex, and the length of time the taste remains in the mouth. The occasional bitter taste is highly prized, but if you prefer to avoid this, quickly rinse the leaves before brewing.

Green Tea is an excellent tea for any time of the day and is popular for its refreshing and digestive properties and also for good health including low caffeine, low sodium and no calories. Green Tea is also popular for its high anti-oxidant polyphenols content.

Our Green Teas:
Organic China Sencha and China Gunpowder.

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White Tea

This is the most delicate and subtle of all teas, White Tea can be difficult to obtain, and produced on a very limited scale in China and Sri Lanka. White Tea undergoes almost no transformation once it is harvested, it is merely withered and dried. The curled up buds have a silvery appearance and are also known as silver tips. The subtle taste of White Teas can require an experienced palate it is very pale and produces a straw coloured liquid.

The Pai Mu Tan variety is affordable, Whereas Yin Zhen (Silver Needles) is produced in limited quantity and is one of the most expensive teas. Its harvest lasts only two days of the year and can be cancelled in windy or rainy conditions.

Our White Teas:
China Pai Mu Tan 'White Peony' and Jade Rings.

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Oolong Tea

Oolong Tea is a light, mild tasting tea which is low in caffeine and with a bracing lasting aroma. For this reason they are one of the most popular teas in China. Oolong or semi-fermented teas are halfway between the strength of black tea and the freshness of green tea. They are perfect for all times of day and can accompany meals. They are also low in caffeine and are a fine bedtime beverage.

Oolong Teas mainly originate from China and Formosa (Taiwan). Oolong literally means "Black Dragon". China Oolong has a pale orange-brown liquor with a milder taste than Formosa Oolongs which have a stronger flavour and darker liquor.

Oolongs are always whole leaf teas, never broken by rolling, but may be curled and swirled.

The fresh leaves are plucked and wilted in the sunlight then shaken in bamboo baskets and dried until the leaf turns yellow. When the bruised edges turn reddish, the leaf is then fired to stop fermentation.

Our Oolong Teas:
Formosa Oolong, Iron Goddess 'Ti Kwan Yin' and Milky Oolong.

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Herbal Tea / Fruit Tisane and Herbal Blends

Herbal teas, known as tisanes, have a history as long as tea itself, but the two are distinctly different drinks. Herbal tea can look like tea and be brewed in the same manner as tea, but it is actually not a tea at all. This is because they do not come from the Camellia Sinensis bush, the plant from which all teas are made.  Herbal teas are actually infusions, and are properly called tisanes.

A Tisane is what many people think of as “herbal tea,” that is, a drink made by steeping various herbs, spices and flowers in boiling water. The term “herbal infusion” is very much the same thing: a drink made by steeping herbs in hot water. These herbal drinks are commonly associated with assisting in helping with physical and mental health, and are consumed for their soothing or rejuvenating qualities. They also suit the needs of those who wish to avoid caffeine.

Herbal Teas also taste great and are easy to drink. The herbal tea you like may consist of one main herbal ingredient or it may be a blend of herbal ingredients, designed to bring about a specific purpose, such as relaxation, rejuvenation, relief from a specific condition, amongst other things.

Herbal Tea is a real all rounder.

Our Hebal Teas (Fruit Tisanes):
Echinacea, Ginger, Ginseng, Lavender, Peppermint, and Chamomile.

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Pu erh

Pu-erh is a variety of fermented dark tea which is produced in the Yunnan Provence of China. The leaves are re-hydrated after fermentation to give a second fermentation; they are called post fermented teas. The leaf is light brown to dark in colour. Brewed normally Pu-erh develops a strong, earthy, spicy taste; longer brewing times develops an earthy woody taste, with a dark brown-reddish cup.

Some studies have shown that this along with other teas may have a cleansing effect and Pu erh has been touted as the “Diet Tea”.

Certified Organic Tea

To be certified organic, tea must firstly be grown without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. The tea plant growth must rely completely on natural organic matter such as soil, compost, manure, natural plant and tree materials and mulch to provide the necessary ground nutrients. The tea must then be certified by a responsible international agency.

Some tea estates have been growing teas organically for centuries. It is not a new concept, although certification is. These tea estates have simply followed traditional tea growing agricultural principles but are not validated by a 'certified agent’.

Our Certified Organic Teas:
Ceylon English Breakfast, China Sencha, Ceylon Orange Pekoe and Darjeeling Earl Grey.

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