My first encounter with Winchester's wonderful tea and coffee shop Char was when I stumbled in by chance in February this year. I was astounded to find such a well-stocked shop in a market town. Their range includes 9 oolongs including Wuyi Great Red Cloak, a good selection of green teas, and a very thorough selection of black teas and single estate Darjeelings, Ceylons and Assams. They also stock Georgian teas. Their range of "connoisseur teas" including Snow Dragon, Dragon Well, Green Curve, Silver Needles, White Pearl, and Wenshan Boazhong.
Each tea is packaged in silver pouches with brief but evocative notes about the tea and brewing information but some more information about the estates the teas are sourced from would be welcome, as would dates on the 1st and 2nd flush Darjeelings.
The shop also stocks a range of tea-making accessories.
Char: Original Teas and Coffees
156 High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9BA
Tel: 01962 868 760
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:30