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.
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.
Darjeeling First Flush (Spring)
In the harsh mountain climate of the Himalayas, in the Darjeeling area, the first spring tea harvest takes place from March to the end of April and is called the First Flush. The tea produced from this harvest is valued for its unique, flowery aroma, as well as leaves that are particularly green for a black tea.
Its supple quality is rapidly lost within a few months of storage making it very important that the First Flush Darjeeling be fresh. We buy our first flush directly from Calcutta and have it shipped by air. This means that we can guarantee the freshness of the tea in your cup. It is available only while the fresh stock lasts. A delicacy among tea lovers, the scent and flavor of it remind one of a walk in a rainy flower garden.
This is a perfect choice for those who are looking for a softer alternative to our more robust black teas. First flush darjeeling sits lightly on the tongue and spirit while carrying a degree of flavor depth customary to black teas.
Our 2020 First Flush comes to us from Millikthong Tea, an organic farm located in the beautiful Mirik Valley.
Darjeeling First Flush is sold for $6.75 / oz.
[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.
[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.