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Teas From Taiwan

  • Formosa Red Assam, Mi Xiang
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    漢字 紅玉紅茶, 阿薩姆蜜香

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft twisted

    flavor notes rich, smooth

    漢字 紅玉紅茶, 阿薩姆蜜香

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft twisted

    flavor notes rich, smooth

    One of three 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...


  • 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...


  • Formosa Red #18, Mi Xiang
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    漢字 紅玉紅茶, 十八號

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft twisted

    flavor notes chestnuts, honey

    漢字 紅玉紅茶, 十八號

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft twisted

    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....


  • Lishan Hong, Mi Xiang
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    漢字 梨山紅茶, 蜜香

    origin Lishan, Taiwan

    craft twisted

    flavor notes caramel, honey

    漢字 梨山紅茶, 蜜香

    origin Lishan, Taiwan

    craft twisted

    flavor notes caramel, honey

    Lishan Hong is the most unique crop of aphid bitten black tea we found this year. This third generation tea grower's wife acquired a small crop of bug bitten Formosa qing xin oolong from Lishan and crafted it as a "hong cha" or red tea. Similar to our Sun Moon...


  • 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...


  • Formosa Red Native Cultivar, Mi Xiang
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    漢字 紅玉紅茶, 原種蜜香

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft twisted

    flavor notes fruit, honey

    漢字 紅玉紅茶, 原種蜜香

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft twisted

    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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • Aged Tung Ting, ca. 1980
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     漢字   陳年凍頂老茶

    origin   Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft  rolled & re-roasted

    flavor notes  smoke, cocoa

     漢字   陳年凍頂老茶

    origin   Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft  rolled & re-roasted

    flavor notes  smoke, cocoa

    Until the mid-1980s, Taiwan oolong teas were rolled by hand in small canvas bundles. Hand rolling produced tea clusters that were looser than what is created using modern machine rolling methods. These looser clusters required firing at higher temperatures for optimal preservation, which in turn produced a richer, more robust...


  • 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 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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