Birchall Virunga™ is an exceptional afternoon black tea from Rwanda. Our pursuit of quality ensures that all our leaves are only ever hand plucked. The leaf, bud and tender stem are carefully pinched together in a ‘perfect pick’. This is how Birchall Virunga™ gains its exceptional brightness, yellow gold colour and distinctively refreshing flavour. Birchall Virunga™ Afternoon Tea is fully Rainforest Alliance Certified and produced in our 100% solar powered factory in Wiltshire using biodegradable tea bags.
We will donate 5p from the proceeds of each pack to help save Virunga, Africa’s oldest national park and protect its mountain gorillas and other wildlife.
Why East Africa Produces The Best Black Teas
We consider our signature black teas to be truly special and unique in the tea world and we’d like to tell you why. Our black teas are all sourced exclusively from the finest tea estates across East Africa, from Rwanda through to the Great Rift Valley in Kenya; this is generally considered to be where the very best teas are to be found. This equatorial region’s altitude, high rainfall and rich volcanic soil provide the ideal conditions that are integral to growing tea of unparalleled flavour and taste.
The geography and climate of the area where this tea is grown makes it uniquely placed to produce black tea of unparalleled flavour and taste. This equatorial region’s altitude of 1460-4500 metres above sea level, high rainfall and volcanoes along the Congo-Nile Crest provide the ideal conditions and rich soil that are integral to growing outstanding tea.
The tea bushes grow high above sea level, at a slower rate, where the temperature is relatively low, developing greater flavour before they are individually hand picked. The estate provides valuable jobs for people in the area and also runs a co-operative for over 2600 farmers.
Read more about tea production in East Africa here.
To further our commitment to making the communities we are part of stronger, we support sustainable projects in these areas and charitable causes across East Africa. Here are three projects were are particularly proud to have and still been involved in – Virunga National Park, Rwandan Cricket Foundation & Rwandan Schools:
This blend includes:
- Single Origin Black tea
Weight – 62.5g
- Recommended Brew Time: 3 minutes
- Recommended Brew Temperature: 100°
- Serving Advice: Enjoy with or without milk
- Storage Advice: Store in a cool, dry place away from strong aromas
- For best results use BRITA filtered water
Time To Enjoy:
Our Virunga Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed anytime but we particularly enjoy it in the afternoon naturally, gathered with family or friends with a nice slice of cake chatting about nothing in particular and getting your weekly quota of gossip.