Deep in the mountains away from the tourist infested Sun Moon Lake, small tea bushes tidily populate small patches of rectangles between wild forrest and various orchards. A cross between Burma and a native wild tea, this Hong Yu cultivar, born right here in 1999, shines with a vibrant young green. It dominates the ambience with a smell that is both fresh and spicy. Farmers here still process black tea in small batches in the old fashioned way, though with the aid of a few new technologies for monitoring. Red Jade — the Fragrance of Taiwan — has to be so processed to that distinctive floral yet spicy aroma, minty and complex taste on a smooth body to be worthy of name.
Deep aroma of fragrant wood accented with a distinctive, spicy yet round, minty note and hints of cinnamon, pepper, bouquet and sweet prunes. Malty, smooth body characterised with the same mint persistence that is like a blend of anise seed, basil, cinnamon and peppermint. Undertones of sandalwood and other aromatic woods. A forthcoming bitterness gives depth and holds the unique taste profile well as a whole. Malty, refreshing aftertaste with sweetness at the throat.
You can taste some of the taste profile description when this tea is prepared using quick and short infusion techniques. However, the full profile is revealed only when steeping the leaves for a full five minutes at 95°C. Adjust the leaf to water ratio for strength, raise the temperature slightly for more intense aroma, if that is not impactful enough already. For small vessels ( below 180 ml ), the ratio is 2g to 100 ml. When using larger vessels, 1g to 100 ml or lower. Increase infusion time for strength. As always with green and black teas, maintain a one batch, one infusion policy when infusing each round for 5 minutes or more.
Finer and safer quality Longjing from the genuine origin has become so high price that there is a great demand for alternatives. Tea Hong’s Longjing Pure is produced deep in the high mountains in a national conservation area away from pollution. Same latitude as Hangzhou, but higher up in altitude. Even more ideal for green tea. Not only does it answer the market need but can also satisfy the connoisseur’s high requirement for taste authenticity. Tea Hong’s Longjing Pure. Purely Longjing.Net weight: 60 g (2.1 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
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 packSaveSave
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
Huangshan (translate: Yellow Mountain) is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a China national conservation. Besides beautiful sceneries, it is also the origin for many a fine teas, such as Huangshan Maofeng. The tender young leaf shoot to make Huangshan Spring Equinox is always plucked with one or two tiny immediate leaves. A much sought after green tea amongst connoisseurs worldwide.Net weight: 40 g (1.8 oz) in Kraft-alu pack