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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




Imperial Jasmine Pearls Handmade Dian Hong - Yunnan Black Tea Ali Shan High Mountain Oolong Tea - Winter, 2016 Jiu Long Pao - Wuyi Oolong Tea
Imperial Jasmine Pearls is a Spring harvest, 2016 green tea which has been hand-rolled into its distinctive pearl shape and naturally scented with fresh jasmine flowers. The base tea has been plucked to an extremely high standard and is comprised primarily of tender, young buds with the occasional bud and single leaf complex mixed in. When infused, the tea flavor is mild and sweet, which harmonizes perfectly with the balanced, not-overpowering aroma of fresh jasmine flowers.
These exquisite, near-perfect whole leaf and bud sets have been hand-picked, carefully hand-processed, and finally rolled by hand into their distinctive needle shape. When infused, this tea produces a reddish-amber cup with a bold but refined malty sweetness, hints of caramel, fine leather and cocoa, a touch of peppery spice, and a pleasing astringency in the finish.
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 dry leaves are long, twisted and dark reddish-brown with olive green undertones and a mildly roasted aroma. The beautifully clear, reddish-amber infusion features a markedly fruity aroma that is best appreciated by using an aroma cup, but, if aroma cups are not available, be sure to at least enjoy the fragrance left behind on the lid of your gaiwan after decanting. The full-bodied liquor is rich, roasty, & woody-sweet with an impressive minarality and intense fruitiness in the long lasting finish.