The traditional style of baking Taiwan oolong is a vanishing art. That is one reason older connoisseurs are saying tea is not tasting like it used to. Fewer and fewer people are able to master the delicate art except for Yu Wen, our Taiwan farmer. She is dedicated to bringing that heritage back in vogue. Taiwan oolong properly baked is healthier and friendlier to the stomach for everyone after all, and used to be what makes Cold Peak — Dong Ding — the quintessential Taiwan oolong — soft, sweet and with a warm, nectarous aroma. We are glad that we can present you with such quality.
Warm, floral aroma carrying notes of dried fruits and with the overtone of the woods after rain. Soft, slightly sweet infusion with accents of the dried fruits of plum, peach and apple. Supple, round body with silky tactility. Slight hints of cinnamon an licorice. Sweet aftertaste.
This is a soft-tasting tea. As such, it withstands carelessness in infusion quite well. However, if you are using a larger teapot, make sure you preheat the pot well enough and use infusion water at maximally 95°C. It can be more flexible in smaller infusion ware such as a gaiwan or an infusion mug. The trickiest part is getting the right amount of leaves: it is an extremely tightly rolled tea and therefore deceivingly small in quantity before infusion. Use a scale if possible. In the event that you use a bit too much leaves, the tea does not taste bitter or astringent, but rather dry and a distorted profile. Use a shorter infusion time and a higher temperature to adjust in such case.
This is a more affordable version of the most sought after Chinese green tea. While some people are willing to pay thousands for a small pack of the earliest harvest in Spring, Tea Hong brings you what is authentic but slightly later in 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.
Net weight: 60 g (2.1 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
Unlike other green teas that are prized for plucking early in Spring, leaves of Da Guazi need to be quite open in order to make a fine Luan Guapian. This gives the proper biochemistry that yields enough pectin for the tea's signature velvety texture and 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.
Net weight: 50 g (1.8 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
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.
Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
The intense and unique bouquety perfume of Tea Hong's Tieguanyin Floral comes from bioactive substances formed naturally upon proper processing of the young leaves from the Tieguanyin cultivar. Enjoy also its velvety texture and smooth taste upon stronger brewing, when you can steal a few minutes away from the hectics of the day to focus on preparing a nice little cup (or two) for drifting away. Only first flush from young bushes is used for this level of gastronomic excellence.
Net weight: 120 g (4.2 oz) in Kraft-alu pack