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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 Ali Shan Red Oolong - Taiwan Oolong Tea 1990's Loose Leaf Sheng Pu-Erh Tea Mei Zhan - Anxi 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.
The leaves of this dark oxidized oolong tea have been rolled into a ball-shape, similar to the famous green-style oolong teas of the Ali Shan region. When steeped, this tea produces a beautifully clear, reddish-amber infusion with a sweet aroma. There is a familiar, distinct flavor and sweetness unique to the Qing Xin tea cultivar used to produce this tea that comes through clearly in the cup along with some sweet spices (cinnamon perhaps?) and maybe just a touch of dried flowers. The infusion is full-bodied, well rounded in the mouth, and the aftertaste is remarkably sweet & spicy.
The dry leaves are a mix of deep browns to blacks with a slightly dusty appearance and an earthy aroma. When infused, the clear, dark reddish-brown liquor has a distinctively "old," almost peaty aroma. The infusions carry elements of "old" from the aroma mixed with earthy flavors that play nicely against the assertive backbone of semi-aged raw Pu-Erh Tea.
This tea is comprised of reddish-brown, loosely ball rolled leaves with a mild, woody aroma. When infused, it produces a reddish amber liquor with the woody & plummy aromas common to moderately aged oolong tea. The medium bodied infusion has a nice fruit-tinged peaty/aged flavor that balances nicely against elements of aromatic wood and dried fruit. The finish is peaty & sweet with elements of dried plums and moist, sweet pipe tobacco.