Darjeeling Upper Fagu Spring Enigma comes from the same material as Upper Fagu FTGFOP1, but it was blended for more tippy result. Thanks to this, the final product is a bit smoother and sweeter. It has slightly higher amount of caffeine. The silver-tipped leaves of this first flush Darjeeling offering yield an amber gold liquor with a fresh, lively character. The flavorful cup is delightful on the palate, smooth with floral hints. A refreshing pungency is balanced with an overall honey-sweet quality that lingers long into the finish.
A first flush Darjeeling with a slightly darker than typical mix of leaf colors (greyish yellow tips, with moderate olive brown to olive brown leaf pieces) that produce a strong orange yellow liquor. Amazingly good quality/price ratio. It's smooth and round, complex, sweet, and very fruity. In terms of oxidation, it falls somewhere between green and black tea but we can hardly call it an Oolong tea.
Shui Xian, often spelled as Shui Hsien, which literally means Water Sprite (Water Fairy) or Narcissus. The traditional making process of Shui Xian Oolong is very complicated, and the most sensitive is baking, which defines a final taste and quality of this tea. Our Shui Xian Oolong Tea uses the traditional baking process, which is to place the tea in a bamboo baking cage, using the heat generated by burning charcoal, to bake the tea leaves for a long time. This tea belongs to medium-baked tea, so the dry leaves have relatively deep color with obvious roasted aroma and honey tones.
We were happy to be able to have sourced this incredible Mao Cha. The material come from Gu Shu trees in Bai Ying Shan (2019). You can expect something special. The dried leaves have a fair aroma of apricot fruit. Flavour is typical Baiying, sweetness, mineral notes, a sweet aftertaste that carries and a smooth consistency. That’s all good! It’s the feeling of this tea that’s truly special. The feeling itself is extremely meditative, not harsh or energetic but quite aggressive and forceful in its relaxing nature. Simply put, very intoxicating Cha Chi experience.
This tea is a flagship among jasmine teas. An accurate translation of the name is 'Snowflakes Drifting into Emerald Pond', a description for floating jasmine flowers in the green brew. An excellent organic Qing Ming Mao Feng was selected as a base material. At the end of Summer during the hottest days (when the jasmine has the best fragrance), it was scented with fresh jasmine bud for five to seven times.
Our Dian Hong Jin Hao comes from South Yunnan organic tea garden located at the altitude around 1,650 m which is well managed ecological subsystem. Tea leaves were harvested in the middle of April and processed in a factory with 50+ years of experience in producing black tea. The tea garden is planted with Changye Bai Hao tea cultivar, which is famous for its long tender tea shoot and a lot of white hair. The tea tree behaves good resistance to disease and pest. Tea brewed from our Yunnan Black Tea has a reddish brown color. The aroma is strong sugary and floral with a slight roasted undertone. The taste is smooth and sweet and the aftertaste is refreshing and clean.
The silver-tipped leaves of this first flush Darjeeling offering yield an amber gold liquor with a fresh, lively character. The flavorful cup is delightful on the palate, smooth with floral hints. A refreshing pungency is balanced with an overall honey-sweet quality that lingers long into the finish.
Rooibos can be translated loosely as “red bush”, which is a slightly misleading name, since this plant is green with yellow flowers. It is evident that this does not refer to the tea, nevertheless it is frequently associated with the tea due to the similar preparation method and certain shared medicinal properties such as antioxidant effects. The Rooibos plant, which with only few exceptions grows exclusively in South Africa, gains its typical red colour during the oxidation process, during which the typical sweet taste of this “non-tea” is formed.
Kamairicha 釜炒り茶 is produced by pan-fried method (kamairi), instead of the conventional Japanese method of steaming. This style of transformation gives a particular balance between bitterness and sweetness, exempt from the typical astringency found in Sencha style teas.
An everyday favorite among Japanese people, Bancha 番茶 has a bold, refreshing spirit. This tea is crafted with leaves harvested in late summer and then steamed and rolled. Though its production process is similar to that of Sencha, Bancha leaves are harvested later in the season for a sweet, yet bold and robust flavor. It can be enjoyed cold or hot.
This middle oxidized Oolong is a remarkable example of terroir driven, single cultivar tea at its best. From the mountains of Shimizu, Koushun is a single cultivar, middle oxidized Oolong with all the attributes of mountainside tea: an exotic and enticing aroma, beautifully rolled needle shaped leaves and a pure color of a brew.
Our Huang Da Cha comes from Shi Gu Tea Garden, located in Guihua Village, with an altitudes around 1050 meters. There is a 1200-year-old osmanthus tree, which is the oldest osmanthus tree in China. Every year during the blooming season, a faint smell of sweet-scented osmanthus flowers will pervades in the whole village. They say, this old Gui Hua tree gives a special flavour to all tea trees in the area. Thanks to high mountains, dense fogs and high air humidity this area is a perfect environment for an eco-garden like Shi Gu.
Dragon Well green tea (Long Jing) is commonly regarded as one of China's top ten teas, and is often served to visiting heads of state. During the Ming Dynasty, it became very popular and during the reign of Emperor Shunzhi in the Qing Dynasty, the Emperor’s love for this tea meant that it was frequently presented by petitioners as a royal tribute.
Yuchi Wild Shan Cha is a rare wild tea that comes from a strain of camellia that is native only to Taiwan. Growing wild in Yuchi near Sun Moon Lake, it has a complex profile that makes for a very special and tasty cup. You will experience notes of honey, peaches, cooked fruits and a very clean finish.
High mountain black tea from Shanlinxi is simply divine. If you indulge in the pleasures of high-mountian oolongs, you must try this tea. You will experience the same expansive liveliness where tangy stone fruit notes (peach, cherry) will dominate with hints of fresh vanilla and wintergreen freshness. The body is suave with very supple and silky tannins but what surprises is the most pleasant long aftertaste that simply lures you to not stop drinking it!
Hong Shui (red water) Oolong is the technical name for Oolongs that have been made like traditional Dong Ding Oolong. That process includes an oxidation that is higher than for high mountain Oolong and that gives fruity rather than flowery scents. The process also requires a medium to strong roast that adds honey, nutty aromas and a long, powerful aftertaste.
This handsome tea offers a creamy floral aroma combined with a smooth cream taste with floral notes. Mei Shan is one of the less fashionable mountain areas with the oolongs often ending up being re-labelled as from the neighbouring Ali Shan which commands a higher price. As a result, buying teas labelled as Mei Shan means you get a similar quality tea to Ali Shan but at a better price.
Da Hong Pao is a medium-baked oolong tea similar to Shui Xian, with a distinct woody aroma like dried leaves. The material for this tea comes from high-altitude mountains. Leaves are manually harvested in Spring. The tea garden sits at the foot of Dafeng Mountain. Because it is low populated and far away from a dense civilization, the natural and ecological environment here are preserved and become a paradise for wild animals.
Another very unique black tea from Taiwan, produced from a cultivar imported from China's famous Wuyi area between 1796-1820 (referred to as Wu Yi Zhong, 武夷種). Typically the cultivar has been used to produced heavier roasted oolongs similar to those from Wuyi with black tea production a more recent innovation. It makes for an interesting cup that is complex yet refreshing, achieving both qualities of fine Taiwanese black teas and Wu Yi Shan oolongs. The aromatic leaves of this Mingjian Wu Yi black tea are rather long, thin and wiry in appearance. The liquor produced is a dark red colour with a lovely fruity aroma. The taste is light yet complex.