Red Water Oolong is from a tea garden in Taiwan. This is a blend of three Chinese varieties of tea. Oolong is a style that represents only 2% of the world’s tea production, characterized by a medium level of oxidation: more than green but less than black. This farm uses Japanese-style Natural Farming methods and artisanal processing guided by experienced tea masters. During processing, the tea is rolled into balls, which expand and unwrap during brewing. The liquor is honey-colored with aromas of cinnamon, pear, honeysuckle, and leather.
Margaret's Hope Darjeeling is grown in the Himalayan area of northeast India. Darjeeling teas are renowned for their exquisite taste, and revered as the “Champagne of teas.” Margaret’s Hope is a farm named for the daughter of the plantation owner in the 1920s, who fell in love with the tea garden, but died on her voyage back to England. The soil and climate of this region produces a very distinctive tea, which is harvested only during one season of the year. This is a “Second Flush” tea, meaning it is the second picking of the season, giving influence to a round and fruity cup profile. It produces an amber liquor with aromas of muscat grapes, dandelion, and lemon zest.
Balanoor Black is a CTC tea from a farm in the Chikmagalur district of India. This farm produces both tea and robusta coffee, as well as peppercorns, coriander, and many other culinary products. CTC stands for crush, tear, curl, which results in a tea that is pelletized instead of rolled into strips. 80% of teas in India are CTC, and are the dominant type of tea consumed in Asia, the Middle East, and the UK. Look for a rich, rosy-brown liquor with aromas of walnut, cedar, and noble hops.
All the teas are sold in 100 gram bags. Our suggested brewing instructions are included with each. Buy all four and save!
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