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:

  • Jianzi Lampshade x 2

    Nice cups

    These cups are very pleasant to look at and drink in. They are soft and elegant, the white color is perfect to appreciate the color of the infusion. The very wide opening (only a little bit smaller than my palm) make them perfect for teas which need high infusion temperature (if not, pre-heat them well).

    A Few Ways to Select a Tea
    Elie MAGNON
  • Raw Reserve 2004

    Multiple personalities

    The characteristics of this tea appear to morph like a chameleon, and it’s impossible to say which version is more enjoyable. Each infusion of Raw Reserve produced a different experience in color and taste. Using a zisha clay gaiwan, my first infusion unveiled espresso-dark liquor with the taste of unsweetened cocoa and salty mineral hints. The second infusion gave me midnight purple with a velvety texture, hints of bittersweet sassafras, and a lively tinkling on the tongue. The third produced a ruby-tart, deep cranberry concoction with a slightly sweet finish. While each infusion transformed into something different, the tea never weakened. I’m certain there are more surprises left in this shengcha pu’er, but I’d better put a lid on it and take a break before I get too tea-drunk.

    A Few Ways to Select a Tea
    Karen Ager
  • Wudong Cassia 2015

    Beautiful amber color

    I get great satisfaction comparing the dry bark-like strands to the plump infused leaves that grow and expand, coming alive in the gaiwan. For an American who is used to powder in a tea bag, this is quite an epiphany. I can never go back to tea bags now. Tea Hong has spoiled me forever. The fragrant taste on the upper palate and into the nasal area is a religious experience.

    A Few Ways to Select a Tea
    Karen Ager
  • Dianhong Classic 2017

    Complex and Unusual

    Acquired tastes can be perplexing or intriguing, depending on your viewpoint. Count me as intrigued after sampling a pre-release packet of Dianhong Classic. The dry tea leaves have a strangely pleasant aroma of roasted cashews and aged cheddar. When infused, the scent transforms into something altogether different, vaguely akin to the fragrant flower, Freesia. Drinking this tea gives yet a third impression, the hardest of all to describe. To my western palate, it’s like stepping onto the moon – uncharted territory and taste adventure combined. Is it blood orange or river stone? Bittersweet or crystalline? I cannot describe this unusual, slowly unfolding taste. Thank you for the opportunity to sample one of the teas from your new line. For me, Dianhong Classic is a riddle that may never be solved.

    A Few Ways to Select a Tea
    Karen Ager