A Few Ways to Select a Tea

Select a tea by category, region, taste or TCM character

At TeaHong.com, we try to put ourselves in our customers’ shoes. Different people have different priorities. Each sees the world differently. Naturally when it comes to selecting a tea, your criteria may not be the same as that of any other tea drinkers. That is why we group our tea products in different ways so you can see them in the context that is closest to how you think when selecting a tea.

Selection by
Tea Category

Selection by
Tea Region

Selection by
Taste Preference

Selection by
TCM Character

Selection by Tea Category

The most common way to group different varieties of tea is by the category of processing method with which they are produced. Some call it Tea Classification, others Tea Categorisation. We think the later label is semantically more accurate.

Many connoisseurs and tea specialists organise their collections with this concept.

The above chart shows the five main categories: Green, Black, White, Pu’er ( Post-Fermentation ) and Oolong teas. Click the pie chart to browse the category of tea, click on your choice and enjoy the browse!

Need more info about a category before seeing the products? Here are some articles:

Our tea regions

Fenghuang / Phoenix

Tea picking in Wudong, Phoenix

Huangshan/ Anhui

Tea Regions of TeaHomg.com: Huangshan / Anhui

Minnan-Mindong, Fujian

Hakka village in Mindong, Fujian

Nepal, the Himalayas

Tea Regions of TeaHomg.com: Nepal / Himalayas

Taiwan

Tea garden on Alishan, Taiwan

Wuyi-shan

Tea Regions of TeaHomg.com: Wuyi

Yunnan

The Great Snow Peak in Yunnan

Zhejiang

Tranquil snow scene in West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang

Selection by Taste

Teas are like raw gems. The true taste of each awaits the revelation made possible by the way you make it. Your personal need matters. It may change according to mood, time of the day, and occasions.

tasting

Tasting is the ultimate way to learn about a tea

Experience and explore

Begin by tasting a few selections using various infusion styles to gain more specialist understanding of the finesses and differences. Relate this with your personal preferences and you will gradually carve out a direction in building your own repertoire of tea. This will be your very own line that best suits your taste and your needs. With repeated usage your senses and perceptions will deepen. This will empower you with the connoisseur skill to easily master yet more varieties to continue to gain levels in the vast world of tea.

Selection by TCM Characters

This is for those who understand the needs of answering the voice of the body. A well customised and balanced collection not only helps to maximise tea’s health benefits, but also tea’s gastronomic qualities. At Tea Hong, we categorise our collection by traditional Chinese medicinal character.

Check out trending best sellers

If all these other ways of thinking about how to select a tea are not for you, perhaps you can see what other people are buying. These are some of what’s trending now:

Information on a tea page

Detail information on each tea page includes a description, taste profile, infusion tips and a few properties described with icons. This article gives a general orientation in case you want to prepare yourself before browsing.

Our Tea Master’s very own favourite oolongs

Our collection of various categories of teas is the best amongst peers. However, there is one category that we have an especially large and highly specialised offerings of — oolongs. Our tea master Leo Kwan is known to be particularly passionate about this range of tea. Here are some of his personal favourites:

by random order

Customer Reviews

Yet another way to get an idea is to see how other customers see our products. Read a few random reviews they have posted in this site, and click on the link to go to the product page:

  • Cassia Extraordinaire 2016

    What a stunning aromatic oolong

    I just prepared gongfu style a sample that I got for my business in Chile and I needed to write about it: what a wonderful aroma comes out from this tea. It’s made me feel like the famous Lu Tung’s quote “I am not interested in immortality, excepting for the taste (smell must I say) of tea.”

    Patricio Hurtado
  • Tieguanyin Classic 2016

    The Whiz Kid

    I was told that it is not an easy tea to prepare nor to appreciate, so I was a little anxious when opening it.
    I choose to brew it with a low leave to water ratio and it immediately appeared that the real complexity of the tea is that it can offer a wide range of tastes.
    In these conditions, this tea develops very sweet and gentle taste of plum and date, brilliantly balanced by the woodsy aromas from the baking process.
    I am eager to prepare it again with other parameters, I am already amazed by its the wide range of possibilities.
    To summarize, to me this tea is not the wild child I expected but a more a whiz kid who can show you tons of wonderful tastes if you can guide him.
    Thanks to all Tea Hong staff for this great discovery!
    ( A paragraph is edited out for a discussion about another customer’s comment. Detail discussions are more suitable when carried out in forums, such as the one in TeaGuardian.com — note by Tea Hong )

    Elie MAGNON
  • Bamboo Drum

    Just bought this one…

    Just bought this one…

    Thanks for Yixing pot priming instruction http://teaguardian.com/how-to-make-tea/tea-accessories-yixing-teapot-1.html#.U_2X0kvVryc which many people neglect to follow, sometimes simply due to ignorance. This pot is for myself, not for my friend. And Bamboo Drum pot does look beautiful to myself, and I believe, also to those who know this feeling of attachment to the Yixing teapot like to old friend, partner and companion. And like with a friend – it take years do develop relationship. So the Yixing Pot is not a mere pet.

    I have never experienced anything like this feeling toward piece of furniture or porcelain or etc….To Yixing only.

    I have noticed that description is “Material: Wuhui Shao (Straw-covered low temperature refired)”…

    – Does it means the pot been fired and then refired?
    – High-fired or low-fired?
    – How it affected the density?
    – How porous is the pot?
    – How thick?
    Can you please point the direction where I can find more reading about this material and the process?

    I did not mean to be annoying but buying online is difficult. The real look and touch are so important…

    These questions is not about the fact that buying online $$ pot might not be the smartest thing… Leo’s reputation is known as well as his passion and dedication to his tea crusade mission…
    These question is about what the mouthfeel will be like. Thick or smooth… Thinner or sharper…It might be that a high temperature fired pot will not absorb any liquids or wick subtle flavors and aromas, a lower firing pot will…

    Oleksandr Lyashenko
  • Shiguping Wulong 2015

    Availability

    Hello “a new visitor”, the new harvest is normally around mid-April, but it has to go through our intake process and standards, which is not the same for each tea. This tea should be available some time in late May, if the harvest for this year is good.

    Siu PB