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.
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.
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 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.