Although tea from this part of the world has not been best known for smoothness, there can be exceptions provided that there is the proper knowledge and experience. Together with the work of Nature. Imperial Topaz is such a tea. Hand-rolled and masterfully processed for a soft and round profile yet rich with the distinctive mineral accents representative of the region, the bright orange infusion delivers what is best from the Himalayas coupled with the modesty and gentleness of a Chinese black. Imperial Topaz is not only a gem of Nepali tea, but also an example of what can be achieved when we tea people share and work together across boundaries.
A round and gentle nose that is earthy, malty and sweetened with notes of mulberry and Kyoho grape. Overtones of high altitude lichens after the rain. An definitive undertone of fresh cookies. Soft, medium body accented with minerals typical of the region. Mild maltiness balanced with a light fruity tone and a lighter astringency that gives good depth to the profile. Slightly sweet malty aftertaste.
Unlike other Nepali or Darjeeling teas, it is possible for this tea to be infused to full strength without overly bitter or astringent. Use duration for added strength and a maximum ratio of 2g to 100 ml water. 95°C infusion temperature. Increase temperature for added pitch in the aroma and sharpness in taste. Use a fresh batch of leaves every time.
Traditional style Huangshan Maofeng is yellowish from the heating style during processing. There is also a new and greener style. For a fresher, lighter tasting alternative that some people may prefer. Tea Hong’s Huangshan Cuiyu is produced from plucking before the lunar almanac demarkation of “guyu” — the first rain for seeding, around early to mid-April — for optimum quality.
Through years of researches a fine cultivar carrying the best traits of all the finest Wuyi natural cultivars is now mature and producing. Introducing Tea Hong’s Sacred Lily. Perhaps the most beautiful of all Wuyi oolongs. Grown deep in the steep mountains away from the touristy spots and masterfully processed for subtlety, complexity, and smoothness in taste. A tea that no true oolong connoisseur should miss.
Cutting away from the main trail towards the more visited Zhongxin Yin and Lizai Ping, hidden away behind a spur, there is the quieter Wudong village Danhu. Shaded on the north of the dark rock mountain, it is cool here even at 4 pm on a summer day. The tea forests here are mostly made up of bushes 2 to 3 meters tall. Occasional 3 to 5 meter ones, each occupying a circular clearing around them, grow gloriously with their wide-spread crowns. Tiny patches of vegetables grown here and there under tea trees. The few families here have been tea farmers since their grandfathers remembered. As to when the old bush for our Song Cultivar have been here, no one can really tell.
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
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