Our Taiwanese Wild Purple offering is a remarkable large-leaved black tea (hong cha), harvested from a historic, wild arbor tea garden dating back to the 1930s. It was originally planted by the Japanese using cuttings of ancient wild tea trees from the highest mountains of Taiwan. The leaves, which are certified organic, produce a deep infusion, reminiscent of warm cedar mulch and faint cherry flavors. It is remarkably smooth on the tongue and finishes with the taste of red wine oak barrels that have been aired for about a week, with grass trimmings in the breeze. Long after the final sip, a lasting flavor of wildflower honey complete with honeycomb lingers in the palate.
The planter and tea processor is a small family business of three sisters, one of a few internationally certified organic producers in Taiwan.
Taiwanese Wild Purple tea is sold in a 50g box for $52.00.
A black tea flavored with oil of bergamot according to an age-old Chinese recipe obtained by the 2nd Earl Grey as a gift on his travels through China in 1830. The recipe was taken back to England, and soon the new preparation gained world-wide renown under its new English name. Suitable for those who favor "English style" tea with milk and sweetener. A black, usually broken tea, with the unique and unmistakable bergamot aroma.
During processing, the tea leaves are sprinkled with Bergamot oil, letting the classic scent and flavor of Earl Grey infuse the tea in the step called Aromatization.
Earl Grey tea is sold in an 80g box for $9.50.
[djin zen] Golden Buds
Superfine tips from the birthplace of Dian Hong - Fengqing, Yunnan. The delicate orange buds offer a velvety sweet and tart taste with hints of chocolate and deep forest aromas. Perfect for waking up on a cold morning. This tea stands apart from other black teas in that it maintains its flavor and melodic composition throughout many infusions.
Jin Zhen is sold for $8.00 / oz.
An organic Indian black tea from the valley plantation region on the banks of the enchanting river Brahmaputra. A wild variety of tea plant, named “Assamica,” is cultivated in Assam. Our supply is outstanding for its freshness and sparkling taste. Brown-black leaves with light color tips are evenly rolled into half-moons. In the cup, they produce a dark, red-brown infusion with a rich aroma and a robust, full taste. Suitable for drinking before a long journey.
Assam Brahmaputra is sold in a 100g box for $9.50.
[lap-song soo-chong] Smoky Tea
This highly esteemed Chinese tea is processed over a fire of pine logs, giving it an unrivalled smoky aroma and taste. It is a good tea to drink by the fireplace or on especially dark, rainy days. The solid, black-brown leaves brew cups of pensive essences, like welcoming hearth-fires imparting a thermal inner calm.
Lapsang Souchong is sold for $6.00 / oz.
Naturally sweet, this enticing blend is a traditional recipe from Guangdong. Standard black tea leaves, aromatized in the Chinese method, hum with an intensely fruity flavor that produces grins and blissful sighs on consumption. The lychee fruit, native to the subtropical regions in Asia, has a unique taste somewhat in-between a pear and a grape. This tea is particularly suitable for drinking when the first snow falls.