The Leafies: Taste the Winning Teas, Part 2

Because demand for the first event has been so high, and we have so many winners from The Leafies keen to share their wonderful teas, we have added a second event to taste even more fabulous winning teas!

Sunday 26th May
10am – 12pm BST
Zoom Webinar
Tickets from £30

The ticket price includes delivery of six of the winning teas, to brew and taste during the webinar.

The Leafies: International Tea Awards are the first and only dedicated tea awards in the UK, promoting excellence in the tea industry and fostering international collaboration between producers and buyers. 2023 marked the second year of the awards and another intake of exceptional teas from around the globe.

The teas to be tasted at this event will be:

AMBA, Tippy Golden Orange Pekoe, Amba Tea Estate, Sri Lanka
Highly Commended, Black tea Sri Lanka
Ya Shi Xlang, Jantle Group, China
Gold, Oolong China (lightly oxidised)
Red Oolong Tea, Zen Zen The, Taiwan
Gold, Oolong Taiwan (heavily oxidised)
AMBA Uva Oolong, Amba Tea Estate, Sri Lanka
Highly Commended, Oolong other region
Doke Black Fusion, Lochan Tea, Bihar, India
Highly Commended, Black tea new region
Izumi 2023 2nd Flush, Sashimacha Yoshida Tea Farm, Japan
Highly Commended, Black Japan



Amba Tea Estate, Sri Lanka
Tippy Golden Orange Pekoe
Highly Commended, Category: Black tea (Sri Lanka)

Amba Estate is a community-run social enterprise. Their organic farm nestles at 1000m, high above the Ravana-Ella waterfalls in the Uva mountains of Sri Lanka. They are most famous for their hand-made teas – being the first estate in Sri Lanka to start hand-rolling black and green teas. Their teas have been sold or served in many of the most famous shops and restaurants around the world.

Jantle Group, China
Ya Shi Xlang
GOLD, Category: Oolong, China (lightly oxidised)
Jantle Group took both the Highly Commended and Gold award in this category. The judges noted the pleasing aroma, peachy fruity flavours and delicious mouthfeel of these teas, of which will taste the Gold Winner. Wenli Gou, founder of Jantle Group, is a former UK Tea Academy student. Some of the judges were immensely proud to know a UKTA alumni was creating these exquisite teas, which won these accolades in a blind tasting. It goes to show how the right training can have tremendous results.

Zen Zen Thé, Taiwan
Red Oolong Tea
GOLD, Category: Oolong, Taiwan (heavily oxidised)
Zen Zen Thé is a contemporary tea space founded in 2021 by tea master Jerry Lan. Zen Zen carefully crafts Taiwanese tea and offers food pairings through collaborations with numerous Michelin starred restaurants. This highly fermented and heavily roasted oolong tea scored top marks with the judges, who described it as a “bright and beautifully made tea with a sensationally sweet, fragrant aroma and pleasing depth of flavour. Delicious both hot and cold.”

Amba Tea Estate, Sri Lanka
Amba Uva Oolong
Highly Commended, Category: Oolong tea (other regions)
See description above. The Uva Oolong is an exceptionally well-made tea with delicious honey notes on the nose and liquor.

Lochan Tea, India
Doke Black Fusion
Highly Commended, Category: Black Tea (new region)
Lochan is an organic certified tea garden in the Bihar Region of India that was planted in the mid 90’s with Assamica cultivar tea bushes, now hand producing white, green, oolong and black teas. They are also experimenting with growing fruits and spices. Doke black fusion is a black tea that is entirely handmade and organically grown.

Sashimacha Yoshida Tea Farm, Japan
Izumi 2023 2nd Flush
Highly Commended, Category: Black Tea, Japan
This rare tea is made by a sixth-generation tea farmer on Yoshida tea farm, which was established in 1839. Masahiro Yoshida started making black tea 10 years ago, from a forgotten varietal called “Izumi”. In 2012 he perfected the process of making high-quality black tea by applying a Chinese tea processing method that preserves the leaf shape and maximizes the characteristics of the Izumi tea aroma. Yoshida tea farm hopes to reintroduce this delicious forgotten Izumi variety to not only future generations of tea drinkers but also as many people as possible

What will I need?

  1. Your phone, computer or tablet to join the webinar via Zoom
  2. Brewing equipment (kettle, teapot etc.) and a surface on which to brew the teas during the webinar

Prices (Includes VAT and shipping costs)

  • UK: £30
  • EU: £35
  • Rest of World: £40

ALL BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED, to allow time for shipment of teas.

Restrictions apply for international postage, please click the ‘Non-UK’ button at the side of this page for more info, especially if you live in Spain or Portugal.

Things to know

  • We cannot ship to PO Boxes
  • Once teas have been shipped, we cannot refund the ticket price if you cannot attend.

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