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Seasonal Tea — China

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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Organic Iron Goddess of Mercy

Doug Palas China High Mountain Hubei

Organic Iron Goddess of Mercy

Iron Goddess of Mercy is one of the most recognizable types of oolong - the name alone makes it memorable. Unfortunately its legacy is being tarnished to the point that tea producers of Iron Goddess from just a few decades wouldn’t be able to recognize the transformation in flavor that it has undergone in such a short period of time. Tie quan yin, or Iron Goddess of Mercy is both a cultivar and tea process. Many different legends tell of the origin, but it’s widely accepted the tie quan yin cultivar first appeared in Anxi County in Fujian, China. Iron...

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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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Early Spring Jade Dew

Doug Palas 2018 China Early Spring Green Tea Hubei

Early Spring Jade Dew

Hubei province, located in essentially in the middle of China, is home to some of the oldest tea growing areas. Many different innovative styles of tea were invented there. For example it is where the steaming techniques for green tea were invented. These were the same techniques that traveled from China to Japan hundreds of years ago. Nowadays pan-firing is commonplace for green tea, but time-tested steamed tea is still produced in Hubei. Tax records in Hubei, China dating back hundreds of years list a tea called yulu which translates to “jade dew.” This particular tea is believed to be...

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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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