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Seasonal Tea — 2019

2019 Organic Yunnan Purple

Doug Palas 2019 Black Tea China Dian Hong Yunnan

2019 Organic Yunnan Purple

Camellia sinensis, the tea plant, is thought to have originated in South Central Asia, around Myanmar, Yunnan, China, and Eastern India. The indigenous peoples there have produced tea for thousands of years. Numerous cultivars of the assamica variety have been developed by both trial and accident. One of the most unusual is zi juan. It is a cross between Camellia sinensis and another member of the Camellia family, Irrawaddy sinensis, which produces purple-veined leaves and buds. Traditionally used for making fermented tea, it is prized in Central Asia because it is thought to possess great health benefits. For the past...

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2019 Shincha Yamakai

Doug Palas 2019 Green Tea Japan Shincha Shizuoka

2019 Shincha Yamakai

Shizuoka Prefecture, located on the main island of Honshu, contains the largest tea growing region in Japan. The quality of tea produced here can be excellent, but the more innovative work involving unique cultivars, organic farming, and general experimentation tends to be done further south near Kagoshima where warmer weather allows for larger, earlier harvests. The advantage to tea grown in Shizuoka is a cool climate, located in a part of Japan known for its natural beauty, which allows the tea plant to grow slowly, and develop lots of savory flavor that is desirable in early spring harvested green tea....

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2019 Yunnan Honey Jade

Doug Palas 2019 China Early Spring Green Tea Yunnan

2019 Yunnan Honey Jade

When I look back upon some of the seasonal teas that Kilogram has had in years past one of my favorites was a Yunnan green tea that had a distinctive floral flavor. Unfortunately it only displayed that flavor once every few years, and most of the time it wasn’t a particularly special tea so we rarely carried it. This year I was presented a sample of green tea that reminded me of that flavor. It is from the same garden where we procure our Yunnan black tea for our English Breakfast.  It is called Mi Yun Lu, which translates to...

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2019 Organic Snow Buds

Doug Palas 2019 China Early Spring Green Tea Yunnan

2019 Organic Snow Buds

Our first offering from the 2019 early spring harvest is Snow Buds. It comes to us from Yunnan, China, located in the southwest where the warm weather means that tea typically harvests a few weeks earlier than most of China, even at an elevation of 1400 masl. This year Snow Buds was harvested during the week of March 25. Being able to taste a tea like Snow Buds within the first several months after harvest is a pretty special experience. Teas harvested in those first few days after a dormant winter slowly develop their flavors in the cool spring weather....

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