Tea and origin: Black tea from Nantou, Taiwan
Facebook: The Jade Leaf
Link to Red Jade
Emilio del Pozo is a Taiwan-based artist how makes who makes some stunning teaware. You can see his work and purchase pieces here.
Emilio also has a deep passion for Taiwanese teas, and he has recently decided to start an online teashop and sell his favourite teas. Today, I’m trying his Red Jade, a Taiwanese black tea that makes a powerful first impression with its beautiful full leaves and strong aroma.
Tea and origin: Raw puerh tea from Yunnan province, China
Facebook: Green Tea Guru
YouTube: Green Tea Guru
Link to CNNP 7542
This puerh is another tea sourced by the Green Tea Guru on his recent trip to Hong Kong. It is priced extremely well for a cake aged 10+ years, so let’s get to tasting.
Tea and origin: Matcha tea powder from the Maruyama Tea Estate near Mt Fuji, Japan
Website: Tombo Tea
Link to Tombo Ultimate Matcha
Behind puerh, I find matcha the second most intimidating tea. With puerh, I’m lacking the vocabulary and experience with the tea to talk about it with great competence. With matcha, I do lack experience drinking the tea, but I believe I can distinguish between what is good and bad matcha. What is intimidating about matcha is its preparation. I do not have training to whisk a proper bowl, and I have not tasted a bowl made by someone with a lot expertise. Today I’ve done my best to whisk up a proper, tasty bowl with Tombo’s Ultimate Matcha.
Don’t let the name fool you: Green Tea Guru is not all about green tea. Green Tea Guru, an online tea shop based in Guilford, UK, carries a large selection of green, black, oolong, puerh and white teas. It is my pleasure today to be reviewing two oolongs that they stock. I love roasted oolongs, and I especially love a good Dan Cong.
Tea and origin: Oolong tea from Longyan Garden, Fujian, China
Link to Fujian Imperial Pearl Brandy
The 90% oxidation and 0% roast of this tea really perked my interest. It seems like most oolongs I try are oxidised between 10 and 40% with no roast, or they are roasted 20 to 40% with little oxidation. Let’s see what the high oxidation did to this tea . . .
Tea and origin: Handmade first flush black tea from Bihar, India
Harvest date: Spring 2015
Facebook: Lochan Tea
Link to Doke Black Fusion
I recently acquired a sample of Lochan Tea‘s Doke Black Fusion through a friend and was very keen to taste it as soon as possible.
For the moment I opened the sample pack, the aroma and appearance of the dry leaf gave off a very strong first impression: it has a bold, fruity and malty aroma, and the beautiful leaves will surely grab your attention. It is an intriguing tea, as the aroma and appearance do not strike me as your stereotypical Indian tea.
Tea and origin: Clonal Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe (CLGFBOP) Assam black tea from the Khongea Estate in the Sivasagar region, India
Facebook: Canton Tea Co
Link to Khongea Assam Gold
Canton Tea Co is expanding the number of Assam and Darjeeling teas they stock. This Khongea Assam Gold, which Won the North American Tea Championships Assam category 2014, is one of their newest additions. The family-run Khongea Estate was first recommended to Canton Tea Co by tea expert and historian Jane Pettigrew.
Khongea Assam Gold is a clonal tea that comes from the Panetola126 clone. The Panetola126 clone is known for the golden tips it produces. The dry leaf of this tea looks stunning, and it is easy to understand how it got this reputation.
For more information about Khongea Assam Gold, check out Canton Tea Co’s blog post.