Over a century of development since transplanting to Taiwan, tieguanyin produced in the emerald island is quite different from its cousin in Mainland China. Not only has the cultivar evolved differently, but also the more authentic technique with which it is produced. Tea Hong’s Alishan Guanyin has a fuller and smoother taste profile. Its distinction is possible through the finesse in its slow baking. Master Chen, who bakes also our Cold Peak, has elevated the processing into an art of leaves and fire.
Warm, buttery aroma with distinct accents of honey carried in an overtone of roasted rice. Hints of peppery and sweet woodsy spices on fresh salad. Silky tactility. Soft, sweet and malty body accented with the same spices. Slight ting of lime zest and a touch of the bitterness of plum peel. Persistent warm overtone of roasted grain and nectary aftertaste embellished with notes of cinnamon and liquorice.
Alishan Guanyin is a great tea for infusion with various techniques and styles, including gongfu, cold infusion, and conventional ones. This is a tightly rolled oolong. As such take note of how much leaves you will use by measuring the weight, not volume. Measuring different tea varieties by weight is actually the better way to manage your infusion quality. Begin exploring this tea with infusion at around 90°C wether you are using gongfu or conventional styles. Raise or lower the temperature according to your personal taste for the subsequent infusion effect. This is also a tea suitable for cold infusion.
This is the more affordable alternative for the most sought after Chinese green tea. While some people are willing to pay thousands for a small pack for something authentic harvested the earliest in Spring, Tea Hong brings you what is authentic but slightly later in the season, for similar enjoyment but much less in price. It is, nevertheless, still a first flush — some tea grows slower than others, dependent on the cultivar, horticulture and micro-climate.
Unlike other green teas that are prized for plucking early in Spring, the leaves for making a fine Luan Guapian are waited until the young leaf buds are open and quite spread out. It is this growth that gives the leaves the biochemistry that yields enough pectin for the velvety texture and the slightly sweet character. This unique nature is possible only with a special local cultivar — Da Guazi — Big Melon Seed, hence the funny name. If Longjing is too savoury and Taiping Houkui is too “green” for you, Lu’an Guapian is a great alternative of high quality with a different, yet pleasant and lively character.
Slowly cured in the grand tradition in the origin of white teas, Fuding, Tea Hong’s White Peony Classic Floral maintains the original character of floral aroma with a sweet, refreshing taste. White Peony Classic Floral is a first flush from a high altitude garden of pure Fuding Daibai cultivar, ensuring the best possible health potency of white tea.
While White Peony from Fuding tastes more floral, that from the other earliest region, Zhenghe, tastes longer and deeper. The more tedious curing process is marked by the darker colors on the leaves. This is the best and most classical representation from the origin, aka King of White Peony, a favorite by many white tea connoisseurs.