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:

  • Organic Spring

    Soft smooth texture

    This tea has soft smooth texture and very refreshing taste. I like it because it is not bitter or tannic to the tongue, or rough like other green tea. I can have this in my mug all day long!

    A Few Ways to Select a Tea
    Ai han Ngau
  • Bada 2008

    Substantial tea

    The “body” of this puer can become very substantial with a lot of taste but at the same time mild and sweet. Never tasted anything like this and liking it!

    A Few Ways to Select a Tea
    Brigitte Thompson
  • April Mist

    Excellent fresh “clouds and mist” green tea

    Tianshan April Mist (“Wild Bush Yunwu”): This is a green tea of the yunwu (“clouds and mist”) type. The pictures show a tea with vividly deep green leaves, twisted into small curls. Since it is a yunwu type and the description uses words like strong, bright, and sharp, it grabbed my attention immediately. Leo says that this tea is, “for those who prefer strength in their green tea rather than soft, rounder tastes.” That sounds like me, so this was the tea that I anticipated the most. I was surprised when I opened the container – the smell is very fresh and pungent, but not in a bad way. In fact, the dry leaves have a stronger smell than any other green teas I have had. The infusion is a lively light green, and gives a brisk but full-bodied, fresh, and flavorful taste. It really brings those bright “green tea” qualities to the foreground. I am really fascinated by this tea, which has such an unassuming appearance. Since trying this tea for the first time, it has become my “go to” green tea. As a bonus, its status as a “clouds and mist” green tea makes me feel like I’m drinking tea with Taoist hermits deep in the mountains. 😉

    A Few Ways to Select a Tea
    pancakes
  • Tieguanyin Light

    Light and refreshing

    This is not like the green style version I bought in China, which although quite fragrant, makes my stomach sick. This is not like the kind of old people gongfu tea tieguanyin either, not bitter and stale smelling. This is fresh and refreshing, lightly fragrant, which I like much better than overly flowery. It gives very pleasant and refreshing feeling in the mouth for a long time. This breaks all my previous bad impressions of tieguanyin!

    A Few Ways to Select a Tea
    Sofina Chan