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.
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:
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.
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:
- Cold Energy, Fenghuang ( Phoenix ), Floral Aromas, Fuller Bodies, Home, Oolongs, TeaUSD 18.30
Xuepian Ya-shi Xiang:Finer winter Phoenix oolongs have always been sought after for their unforgettable natural bouquet fragrances. To us, an aroma of a premium tea has to be complete with a winning taste profile. It has taken us over a decade to fine tune the mastery of the processing of the choicest harvest to attain a result we can be proud of. Presenting Tea Hong’s very own Snow Orchid, the roundest, smoothest, and by far the most seductively fragrant oolong ever known. It is our luscious indulgence secretly from Nature.Net weight: 40 g (1.3 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
- Denser Aromas, Fuller Bodies, Oolongs, Tea, Warm Energy, Wuyi-shanUSD 25.20
Bamboo Forest Tiě Luohan:Overshadowed by the more promoted Red Cloak, Iron Buddha ( Tiě Luohan ) is actually as taste-worthy, if not more, than any of the so-called “famous” Wuyi oolongs. It is not proven that whether it is the oldest oolong cultivar in Wuyi as they say, but it is certainly one that is not the easiest to cultivate and to produce from. Finding a farmer to process it to the taste profile that befits its legend and our quality demand has been a challenge. It took us 15 years. Presenting Tea Hong’s Iron Buddha Supreme, with that complex charcoal finish yet sweet floral aroma, stout yet lingering “rock tea” taste, delivered gently in a well-balanced infusion in a civilised way. This could very well be the only traditional style Wuyi that any connoisseur would fall in love with.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
- Cool Energy, Fenghuang ( Phoenix ), Floral Aromas, Fuller Bodies, Home, Oolongs, TeaUSD 27.10
Baxian Supreme:This Fenghuang Dancong is rare in many ways. It is the best Eight Immortals we have tasted, including award winning ones. Not only is it mild but flavorful like a good Baxian should be, but also gently and yet persistently fragrant. The baked finish is optimise for depth in taste. This gives side benefits for friendliness to the weaker stomach as well as the potential for maturity. Not an easy task for making a bouquet style Phoenix oolong. Master Lin who grows this is a shy and mild person and an old friend. We could not be offering it at such great value otherwise.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
- Cool Energy, Fuller Bodies, Green teas, Home, Lighter Aromas, Tea, ZhejiangUSD 37.00
Hangzhou Original:To acquire really fine Long-jing in rapidly changing China, we had to search away from tourists infested localities, and yet still faithful to the origin of Hangzhou. In Wu’s farm where the underground water is crisp and the air sweet, our Long-jing master realizes the environment is more important than the convenience; there would be no quality without the traditional respect for Nature. Tea Hong’s Long-jing Spring Equinox might well be used by nobles and mandarins in their tea competition when Emperor Qianlong was still young and flamboyant, and crazy about the tea.Net weight: 60 g (2.1 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
- Black teas, Floral Aromas, Fuller Bodies, Neutral-Warm Energy, Tea, Wuyi-shanUSD 24.80
Tongmuguan* Original and Unsmoked:Presenting the original, authentic and prime quality Lapsang Souchong. Small, tightly rolled whole leaves with a black sheen. Non-smoked. 100% hand-plucked first flush. For a pure, fruity sweet and warmly aromatic cup of untainted black tea. Just like how they used to have it in the captain’s cabin in an East Indian Trading clipper two centuries ago, when they had just loaded the ship with the year’s fresh tea to race home for the eagerly awaiting tea merchants all over Europe.Net weight: 90 g (3.2 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
- Cool Energy, Fenghuang ( Phoenix ), Floral Aromas, Fuller Bodies, Home, Oolongs, Tea
Huangzhi Xiang Dancong:Song pedigree tea cultivar Huangzhi Xiang distinguishes itself from others of the same name not only by its living ancestor that has been carbon-dated back to the 13th century (late Song), but also by the elegantly complex taste and aroma of the tea it yields. That is why it is the most revered of all Phoenix oolong in its own origin and at the nearby Gongfu Tea Capital of the World — Chaozhou.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
- Fenghuang ( Phoenix ), Floral Aromas, Fuller Bodies, Neutral Energy, Oolongs, TeaUSD 24.10
Milan Xiang Dancong:The fine mastery that produces Tea Hong’s Honey Orchid has to be coupled with select first flush harvests from high grown tea bushes in order to deliver the kind of quality only a restricted circle of tea aficionados have known and kept to their secret. The overall production volume for such quality in the whole Phoenix region is only a few thousand kilos after all. Most will go to local elites, and the rest to the few hardcore Phoenix oolong fans that are also tea merchants, like us.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
- Floral Aromas, Fuller Bodies, Nepal, the Himalayas, Neutral-Cool Energy, Organic teas, Tea, White teasUSD 29.40
Unique Old Style White Tea from the HimalayasOne does not come upon a tea rare as White Shiiba that often. Intended originally for producing green tea, the small row of Japanese Shiiba tea plants that our producer has successfully planted in his farm in Nepal have acquired a different character from their Kyushu ancestors. Processing the leaves in the traditional white tea fashion is not common in itself in Nepal either. The old way of long wither style is rare, if heard of at all, outside of China. Somehow, through a string of coincidences, this old fashion Fujian processing done on an entirely different cultivar grown 1800 m above and 4000 km west of its origin has resulted in a tea that is simply one of the best tasting, and definitely the most likeable in the entire white tea category. Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
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:
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:
The Longjing I had previously tasted (perhaps bought from generic market) had nutty aroma and aftertaste. I was curious how much different would the Longjing from Tea Hong be, since this is already supposed to be Grade 1 in mass market.
So I infused it according to the infusion tips with about 3g of leaves in a 150mL gaiwan. I was surprised upon smelling the aroma for.the first time! It smelled like steamed chicken or brothy thick chicken soup (forgive me if this sounds strange), but I guess yes that’s the umami flavor mentioned in the description. The umami was really strong yet very pleasing. Made me wonder that I was actually having a cup of tea. Sweet taste and very refreshing. Umami aftertaste yes, as if you just ate steamed chicken on the ceiling of your mouth but refreshing sweet on your tongue, quite long aftertaste. Very enjoyable, highly recommended! I’m gonna be a regular customer for sure.Teddy Lionel
Wild Tree Black Tea 2018
My first experience with this
This is the first time I ever heard of this tea and the first that I ever tried it. To me, it is rather like a combination of black tea and oolong. Normally I think black tea lacks the great smell and soother and more complex tastes of oolong, but this one has some of these characters. I am totally surprised! I have tried it using both gongfu style and ordinary teapot way. Like it.Manila Tran
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 Deep Brown 2010
A fine oolong
This was my first “browned” oolong. I purchased it in late 2012, when it was just a bit young for drinking, from what I’ve read. At first, I had some issues with the flavours being a slight bit harsh, but over the last few months it has certainly mellowed. This is, I believe, the effects of maturation, which it does well in basic packaging.
This tea infuses easily, especially in my rather lazy method of leaving the leaves in the gaiwan the whole time I drink from them and makes good tea when brewed in a pot at a 1g / 100ml ratio. It is also suitable for storage in a thermo for travel, so long as the ratio does not go beyond .6g / 100ml.
When taken straight, it has a bold, smokey flavour with undertones of honey. The honey flavour lingers the longest. When taken in the weaker ratio, the honey disappears and the smokey portion remains. Conjures alertness, I’ve found.
I have found this stimulates the digestive tract, probably due to caffeine content, after meals – most particularly cold meals like salads.
This is a good place to begin exploring browner style oolongs.
M.Michael Eversberg II