I am very grateful to Jaye (@CardiffTeaCup) and Paul (@paullovestea) for graciously sending me a gift through Global Tea Hunt’s subscription service. When you subscribed to Global Tea Hut for $50 to $175, you can send a gift to a friend. Read more here.
Global Tea Hut is a tea subscription service that sends subscribers a rare tea each month, as well as a magazine and a gift (e.g. tea chocolates, cloths, teaware, etc). Global Tea Hut operates by getting donations from tea farmers. It then packs and sends the tea, magazine and gift to subscribers in more than 30 countries. Subscribers can donate between $20 and $500 per month to receive their Global Tea Hut tea, magazine and gift. Moreover, Global Tea Hut is working to build a global tea community by featuring subscribers in its magazine, setting up web forums and hosting tea events around the world (e.g. in Los Angeles, Moscow, Barcelona, Estonia, Australia and France). All donations from subscribers are used to run a free tea centre in Miaoli, Taiwan.
Summer 2015, “Elevation”: Big-leaf Red Tea, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
August’s featured rare tea was Summer 2015, “Elevation”: Big-leaf Red Tea, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan. “Elevation” was grown by Mr. Shu at approximately 800 metres. For good reason this is the only tea that Global Tea Hut consistently offers year after year to its subscribers.
The dry leaf of “Elevation” consists of beautiful full leaves that have a sweet, berry-like aroma. The tea cups out a golden to copper-coloured liquor with a sweet aroma. “Elevation” is extremely smooth and has thick, coating mouthfeel. I detect berry-like sweetness (mulberry or blackberry), as well as honey and floral notes in the liquor. The liquor has a sweet, lingering aftertaste.
Infusion method: I used 90 to 95C water and infused the leaves four times at 1m, 1m 30s, 2m and 3m in a large glass teapot. It is a pleasure to watch the leaves gradually open with each infusion.
Global Tea Hut: Tea & Tao Magazine
Global Tea Hut’s magazine is packed full of informative and well-written articles, beautiful pictures and additional information about the monthly rare tea. The August magazine – to mention only a few topics – has gongfu tips, an interview with Master Zhou Yu and a section on kettles.
Past issues of the magazine are available here.
This is my first experience with a tea subscription service, and I am extremely impressed. Global Tea Hut’s subscription not only includes a wonderful magazine and a monthly rare tea, but the subscription seeks to build global tea communities and knowledge by hosting events around the world and maintaining a free tea centre in Taiwan. This is a very admirable endeavour that I hope you explore.