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Formosa Oolong Tea

Across the straits from Fujian Province, Taiwan (or Formosa) is known for light oxidation and high elevation tea gardens, resulting in a green and floral character with a creamy mouth feel and lingering finish.

  • Da Yu Lin, Spring 2016
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    漢字 大禹嶺烏龍冬茶

    origin Da Yu Lin, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes citrus, sugarcane

    漢字 大禹嶺烏龍冬茶

    origin Da Yu Lin, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes citrus, sugarcane

    Da Yu Lin Formosa oolong has a level of complexity, flavor and aromatics that exceeds other teas in this category. The source garden sits at approximately 2450 meters above sea level (over 8000 feet). True Da Yu Lin has a reputation as Taiwan’s most coveted tea. At 2450 meters, the...


  • Jin Xuan, Winter Sprout
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    漢字 冬片,烏龍茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes mango, buttercream

    漢字 冬片,烏龍茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes mango, buttercream

    Called “Dong Pian” in Chinese, Winter Sprout is by far our most unusual tea acquisition from Taiwan. Formosa winter teas are typically picked from mid-to-late November. If the winter is mild enough, the tea plant will sometimes grow a new sprout before slipping into cold weather dormancy. Our Winter Sprout...


  • Fu Shou Shan, Spring
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    漢字 福壽山烏龍春茶

    origin Fu Shou Shan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes pineapple, cream

    漢字 福壽山烏龍春茶

    origin Fu Shou Shan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes pineapple, cream

    At 2600 meters above sea level, Fu Shou Shan is the second highest peak in the Lishan Range, exceeding Lishan (for which the mountain range is named) by almost 400 meters. Because of its high elevation and northern latitude, Fu Shou Shan's harvest begins much later than most Formosa oolong...


  • Lishan, Spring
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    漢字 梨山烏龍春茶

    origin Lishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes floral, creamy

    漢字 梨山紅茶, 蜜香

    origin Lishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes floral, creamy

    Peaking at 2200 meters above sea level, Lishan is the third highest mountain amongst the 12 that make up the Lishan Range. The tea garden from which this tea is harvested lies at approximately 2000 meters (6500 feet) above sea level, an elevation that yields temperate weather in the summer...


  • Alishan, Spring
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    漢字 阿里山烏龍春茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes floral, creamy

    漢字 阿里山烏龍春茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes floral, creamy

    Hand-gathered in late April at 1600 meters above sea level, our Alishan oolong comes from a garden that has provided us with tea for the past seven years. It’s a garden that for the past few years have won repeated accolades for the quality and character of its tea. Their...


  • San Lin Xi, Winter
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    漢字 杉林溪烏龍

    origin San Lin Xi, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes pineapple, cream

    漢字 杉林溪烏龍

    origin San Lin Xi, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes pineapple, cream

    Winter Formosa oolong teas are typically harvested at the beginning of November. Tea gathering begins at the highest elevation gardens and makes its way down, ahead of the plummeting temperatures as winter approaches. From the same tea maker that crafted our spring San Lin Xi, our winter harvest was gathered...


  • Jin Xuan
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    Jin Xuan

    $20.00

    漢字 金萱茶王

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes peach, buttercream

    漢字 金萱茶王

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes peach, buttercream

    Jin Xuan, meaning "Golden Lily" in Chinese, is a relatively new Formosa varietal developed by Taiwan's Tea Research and Extension Station in the early 1980s. The cultivar is the end result of nearly four decades of cross-breeding of several Formosa varietals to yield a tea that is distinct in character...


  • Wenshan Baozhong, Spring 2017
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    漢字 文山包種

    origin Pinglin County, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang, twisted

    flavor notes lush, floral

    漢字 文山包種

    origin Pinglin County, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang, twisted

    flavor notes lush, floral

    Wenshan, the range of mountains that surround Taipei in northern Taiwan produces a type of oolong that is twisted rather than rolled. It's a crafting style that hearkens to an earlier time in tea making, and actually predates the rolled oolongs for which Taiwan is known. Called Baozhongs or "Pouchongs",...


  • Tung Ting, Mi Xiang
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    漢字 蜜香凍頂烏龍

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes citrus, buttered rum

    漢字 蜜香凍頂烏龍

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes citrus, buttered rum

    A descendent of oolong varieties taken from Jian'ou in China's Fujian Province, Tung Ting was brought to the eponymous central Taiwan mountain in the mid-1800s. Its name means "frozen summit", in reference to what was, at the time, one of the highest elevation tea gardens in Taiwan. Today, tea is...


  • Tung Ting
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    Tung Ting

    $12.00

    漢字 凍頂

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes gardenia, orchid

    漢字 凍頂

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes gardenia, orchid

    A descendent of oolong varieties taken from Jian'ou in China's Fujian Province, Tung Ting was brought to the eponymous central Taiwan mountain in the mid-1800s. Its name means "frozen summit", in reference to what was, at the time, one of the highest elevation tea gardens in Taiwan. Today, tea is...


  • Tung Ting, Dark Roast
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    漢字 炭焙凍頂

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang, roasted

    flavor notes toffee, brown sugar

    漢字 炭焙凍頂

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang, roasted

    flavor notes toffee, brown sugar

    Each year, a portion of our winter harvest Tung Ting is set aside to be roasted to a greater degree than most Formosa oolongs. The process darkens the tea to create a rich and sweet tea that is smooth and fragrant. The sweetness of our winter crop Tung Ting from...


  • Tung Ting Ginseng
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    漢字 凍頂人參

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft blended

    flavor notes rich, gardenia

    漢字 凍頂人參

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft blended

    flavor notes rich, gardenia

    We make our own tea blends only if we feel the combination does not detract from the tea's natural character. Ginseng root pairs especially well with our winter harvested Tung Ting. A descendent of oolong varieties taken from Jian'ou in China's Fujian Province, Tung Ting was brought to the eponymous...


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