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.
To acquire really fine Long-jing in rapidly changing China, we had to search away from tourists infested localities, and yet still faithful to the origin of Hangzhou. In Wu’s farm where the underground water is crisp and the air sweet, our Long-jing master realizes the environment is more important than the convenience; there would be no quality without the traditional respect for Nature. Tea Hong’s Long-jing Spring Equinox might well be used by nobles and mandarins in their tea competition when Emperor Qianlong was still young and flamboyant, and crazy about the tea.Net weight: 60 g (2.1 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
The fine mastery that produces Tea Hong’s Honey Orchid has to be coupled with select first flush harvests from high grown tea bushes in order to deliver the kind of quality only a restricted circle of tea aficionados have known and kept to their secret. The overall production volume for such quality in the whole Phoenix region is only a few thousand kilos after all. Most will go to local elites, and the rest to the few hardcore Phoenix oolong fans that are also tea merchants, like us.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu pack
If classic Phoenix oolongs are too sweet, and bouquet ones too florally aromatic for you, Tea Hong’s Black Leaf Special maybe your cup of tea. It is produced from a new cultivar developed for maltiness and complexity in taste. A very different oolong from the rest. Our special selection is harvested from higher altitudes near the oolong mecca that is Wudong.Net weight: 40 g (1.4 oz) in Kraft-alu packSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave
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