At The Pedaler we have been fortunate enough to work in partnership with some amazing local businesses that offer fantastic, unique products to the city of Victoria. Since we love to eat, drink and pedal around to these different vendors, we wanted to share their stories with you!
Victoria and teatime are a classic pairing. The city itself was founded by the Hudson Bay Company and has been described as “more British than the British,” on multiple occasions. We were even the last city in Canada to start driving on the right side of the road! Perhaps because of this historical British connection Victoria is a hot spot for tea! High tea is offered at several hotels and gardens around the city, and there is a burgeoning market of options for home brewers!
Terroir Tea Salon opened up in October of 2015 and will be celebrating their one-year anniversary this fall! The shop was opened by Charity Hobbs after she returned to Victoria from Australia. While living in Australia, Charity became increasingly interested in tea. She and her family had always been avid tea drinkers, so in a quest to learn more about her favourite steamy beverages she enrolled in the Tea Master Certificate program.
After obtaining her Tea Master Certificate, Charity and her husband went to Taiwan to visit tea farms, which they now source their tea from here in Victoria. The idea behind Terroir Tea was to create a space where people could smell the tea, look at the dry leaves and feel free to ask any questions! It’s not just a tea tasting but a sensory experience, which is why they have an aroma bar instead of just shelves full of packaged tea bags. All of Terroir’s teas are sourced from the local tea farmers themselves in Taiwan, and all of the teas from Nepal are sourced from a representative who works for a cooperative of smaller growers, keeping things personal and ethical. There are pictures on the wall of the salon featuring the farm in Taiwan that the tea in your cup comes from!
Charity’s personal favourite tea type is Oolong, particularly anything from the Alishan Mountain region. If you can’t decide which tea looks tastiest to you, try one of her tea flights! Once you find a tea you love, bring some home with you. Charity’s tips for home brewers are to make sure that you pay attention to the volume of the tea as well as the water temperature, and with full leaf teas make sure you use the leaves more than once! We love testing them out on our Eat, Drink Pedal Tour. Check out Terroir Tea Salon to warm up with some tea from the inside out this autumn!