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




Castleton Muscatel - Darjeeling Tea - Second Flush 2016 Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (Lapsang Souchong) 2015 - Smoked Wuyi Black Tea Jiu Long Pao - Wuyi Oolong Tea Ali Shan High Mountain Oolong Tea - Winter, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.