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.
A very special tea bush — Camellia sinensis cultivar Shidaye — makes this unique looking tea. Each and every tediously selected pluck is carefully flattened between meshes during the slow baking process. We select only the best of these top grades for the fresh, cooling and cleansing sensations that complete this tea’s purpose in addition to being wonderful to look at.
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.
The first ever modern white tea, Silver Needle that came about in late 18th century withstands time as still the highest quality in the category. Produced in the origin of Fuding with the original pedigree cultivar Fuding Daibai, Tea Hong’s Silver Needle Supreme is a high altitude first flush that distinguishes itself with a subtle yet the most joyful aroma and flavors amongst its peers. The finest and purest of this variety.
Silver Curls is a spring flush harvested in the deep mountains in eastern Fujian. A nice green tea both for its taste and appearance, it can be used extremely flexibly for various needs. This Tea Hong’s basic grade green tea is often placed as a premium one in many other teashops.