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Seasonal Tea — Black Tea

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 Organic Yunnan Golden Lily

Doug Palas Black Tea Jin Xuan Yunnan

2019 Organic Yunnan Golden Lily

In 2008, the most popular style of tea in China was fermented tea called Pu-erh. Yunnan, China, the birthplace of Pu-erh, was seeing unprecedented growth in their tea industry. Farmers increased production in an effort to keep up with demand while entrepreneurs tried to capitalize on the craze by buying land and growing tea. Two years later, when the craze passed, there was a surplus of tea on the market and the demand for Pu-erh disappeared seemingly overnight. Some tea gardens were abandoned, but in an effort to cut losses, some growers started to produce black, green, white, and oolong...

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Kilogram Organic Masala Chai Concentrate

Doug Palas Black Tea Masala Chai

Kilogram Organic Masala Chai Concentrate

Masala is an Indian term for a blend of spices. Garam is the word for hot. And garam masala is a blend of hot spices that usually contains cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, and black pepper. Most tea (chai) in India is served spiced with a garam masala blend, sweetened to increase the spiciness, and made with milk to give a creamier, decadent quality. Our chai concentrate is based on traditional garam masala chai flavors, but brewed to provide balance, consistency, and eliminate the time consuming steeping process. When I developed the recipe, I based the flavor profile on a previous...

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2018 Red Jade

Doug Palas 2018 Black Tea Taiwan

2018 Red Jade

Red Jade, Sun Moon Lake Tea, Hong Yue, and Variety # 18 are all different names for one the most unusual teas that I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Developed before the Second World War during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, Red Jade was created when a large leaf tea bush from Burma was bred with a native Taiwan variety.  After the war, when quality of black tea declined due to mechanization and the popularity of the tea bag, Red Jade was mostly forgotten. In 2002, one of the gardens that I purchase oolong tea from planted the trees...

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2018 Organic Yunnan Golden Lily

Doug Palas 2018 Black Tea China Dian Hong Early Spring Jin Xuan Yunnan

2018 Organic Yunnan Golden Lily

In 2008, the most popular style of tea in China was fermented tea called Pu-erh. Yunnan, China, the birthplace of Pu-erh, was seeing unprecedented growth in their tea industry. Farmers increased production in an effort to keep up with demand while entrepreneurs tried to capitalize on the craze by buying land and growing tea. Two years later, when the craze passed, there was a surplus of tea on the market and the demand for Pu-erh disappeared seemingly overnight. Some tea gardens were abandoned, but in an effort to cut losses, some growers started to produce black, green, white, and oolong...

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