DARJEELING TEA

Exquisite Tea from India's Darjeeling District in the Foothills of the Himalayas

ALISHAN OOLONG TEA

Exceptional Oolong Tea from Ali Shan, Home of Taiwan's Indigenous Tsou Tribe

NEPAL TEA

Lovely Highland Teas from the Beautiful Himalayan Hills of Nepal




Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (Lapsang Souchong) 2015 - Smoked Wuyi Black Tea Tie Guan Yin - Medium Roast - Anxi Oolong Tea Ali Shan High Mountain Oolong Tea - Winter, 2016 Castleton Muscatel - Darjeeling Tea - Second Flush 2016
The small, evenly sized, deep reddish-black dry leaves of this Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (Lapsang Souchong) carry a moderate but distinctive aroma of pine smoke, due to its unique drying process that utilizes charcoal made from the wood of pine trees. The infusion is a perfectly clear, deep red-brown with a distinctively smoky and subtly fruity nose. In the cup, it presents an excellent balance between the very low astringency, fruity black tea base and the unmistakable smokiness that has made this tea a favorite in the West since the beginning of the black tea trade.
This Tie Guan Yin was grown in Anxi County, Fujian, and it was finished in Taiwan by a specialist in the art of oolong roasting. The ball-rolled leaves are a brown-tinged deep forest green with a lightly woody-sweet fragrance. When infused, they produce a honey colored liquor with aromas of dried fruit and toasted grain. The medium bodied infusion presents a flavor of lightly roasted/caramelized sweet barley with a pronounced fruitiness reminiscent of dried stonefruit (peaches, plums, etc) and a remarkably sweet, fruity and lingering aftertaste.
These vividly green, hand-picked & meticulously processed leaves produce a full bodied, golden-amber liquor with a vividly floral "high mountain" aroma that is uniquely pronounced in Winter harvest teas. The infusion is rich and mouth coating, and notes of sweet baby green vegetables, dried flowers & very light caramel come through beautifully in the bittersweet aftertaste.
The woody, musk-scented dry leaves are a mix of dark, coppery browns with an abundance of silvery-gold buds. When infused, the leaves produce a crystal clear, reddish amber liquor with a woody, musky, lightly floral nose. The pleasantly brisk infusion is medium bodied with balanced astringency and a bittersweet finish featuring hints of muscatel, stonefruit and dried flowers.