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 Zhi Lan - Fenghuang Oolong Tea Ali Shan High Mountain Oolong Tea - Winter, 2016 Jiu Long Pao - Wuyi Oolong Tea
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 exceptional oolong tea is comprised of long, twisted deep greenish-black leaves with a tart, flowery aroma. When infused, it produces a beautifully clear light amber liquor with notes of tropical flowers and aromatic wood. The infusion is marked by vividly flowery and woody-sweet flavors against a mild but assertive bittersweet background with moderate astringency and a lingering orchidy-floral 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 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.