REVIEW: What-Cha: Azores Shade-Grown Orange Pekoe ‘Ponta Branca’ Black Tea

Tea: Black tea from Gorreana Tea Estate, Sao Miguel Island, The Azores
Sample provided by: What-Cha
Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea
Facebook: What-Cha
Link to Azores Shade-Grown Orange Pekoe ‘Ponta Branca’

A couple of weeks ago, I was in contact with company director of What-Cha, Alistair Rea, about reviewing some teas. I had not heard of What-Cha, but after browsing their website, I was completely taken by their vast tea selection and approach to tea. Founded only last April and based in Islington (north London), What-Cha stocks an impressive assortment of white, green, yellow, black, oolong and purple teas from tea-growing regions all over the world. When I got some samples from What-Cha, I couldn’t wait to review their Kenya Steamed Purple Varietal Green Tea, as it is a tea I don’t see every day. I also really like What-Cha’s approach to tea: they strive for demystification of where their products come from, and they promote accessibility to new teas by selling smaller, fairly-priced packs of tea so customers can try new products.

I find my second review for What-Cha as exciting as the first. Today, I’m trying an Azores tea from the Gorreana Tea Estate, the oldest tea estate in Europe. I’ve been wanting to try an Azores tea for quite some time, but I have not seen many places in Britain that stock it. What-Cha has a great selection of Azores teas. Read on to see what I thought about their Shade-Grown Orange Pekoe ‘Ponta Branca’ Azores tea.

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf consists of twisted, medium-sized leaves

– It has a citrusy, brisk aroma

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a copper-coloured liquor with a light citrusy aroma

– It is a medium-bodied tea that has very little astrigency. The flavour of the tea is bright and brisk, with hints of citrus flavours. The finish is a bit spicy, and there is a short-lived aftertaste to the tea


– To drink without milk, infuse for two to three minutes. Infuse three to four minutes to take with milk. You will get two infusions out of this tea. Increase infusion time by one minute for second steeping

– The aroma, cup colour and flavour of this tea reminds me very much of a Ceylon. Compared to many Ceylons, however, I think this tea is much smoother and does not have a harsh, lingering aftertaste that I find in many Ceylons. Milk really isn’t needed in this tea to tame the tannins. I do find this tea less aromatic than many Ceylons, but this isn’t a major issue for me because the liquor is so brisk and smooth. Ceylon tea lovers should definitely compare their favourite Ceylon to this Shade-Grown Orange Pekoe – I think they will be pleasantly surprised with the flavour, and it is a European-grown tea to boot



Retail price: 10 grams for £1.24 / 50 grams for £4.50 / 100 grams for £8.44


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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One Response to REVIEW: What-Cha: Azores Shade-Grown Orange Pekoe ‘Ponta Branca’ Black Tea

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