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Mi Xiang Teas

Mi Xiang (or "honey fragrance") teas are a specialty of Taiwan, created when the teamaker allows various insects (most notably Jacobiasca formosana, a.k.a. the tea jasid / small green leafhopper) to attack the tea plants prior to harvest. When bitten by these insects, the tea plants release specific terpenes (volatile aromatic compounds) which repel the bugs, but to the human palate are surprisingly reminiscent of honey. When crafted into tea, the leaves retain this honey fragrance, making for a smooth, aromatic, and naturally sweet infusion.

  • Eastern Beauty
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    漢字 東方美人紅茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes stone fruit, honey

    漢字 東方美人紅茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes stone fruit, honey

      Our Eastern Beauty is a totally unique crop of insect-bitten tea we recently discovered in Alishan. Most eastern beauty teas are crafted as oolongs (partially oxidized) and revered for their intensely floral and honey-like aromas, which they obtain from being attacked by leafhoppers. This tea is also crafted from...


  • Formosa Red #20
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    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 迎香

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes citrus, honey

    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 迎香

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes citrus, honey

    Black tea crafting in Taiwan was initiated by the Japanese in 1903. In 1926, the first Assam cultivar was introduced and planted around the hills of Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County. This lake’s climate, environment, and terroir was deemed the most similar to the Assam tea gardens of India....


  • Formosa Red Assam
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    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 阿薩姆

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes rich, smooth

    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 阿薩姆

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes rich, smooth

    One of four Formosa Reds from a tea garden located just outside Yu-chih Village, in the hills surrounding Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan. This is a pure-stock Assam, brought to Taiwan in the first half of the 20th century by the colonial Japanese in an effort to develop a...


  • Formosa Red #18
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    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 紅玉

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes chestnuts, honey

    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 紅玉

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes chestnuts, honey

    Black tea crafting in Taiwan was initiated by the Japanese in 1903. In 1926, the first Assam cultivar was introduced and planted around the hills of Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County. This lake’s climate, environment, and terroir was deemed the most similar to the Assam tea gardens of India....


  • Formosa Red Native Cultivar
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    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 原種

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes fruit, honey

    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 原種

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes fruit, honey

    We are not certain how long the tea plants for our Formosa Red, Native Cultivar have been in existence. The varietal had grown wild in Taiwan and largely ignored until the colonial Japanese administration identified it as a potential candidate for black tea production in the early 1900s. Thereafter, the...


  • Tung Ting, Mi Xiang
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    漢字 蜜香凍頂烏龍

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang, mi xiang

    flavor notes citrus, buttered rum

    漢字 蜜香凍頂烏龍

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang, mi 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...