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Seasonal Tea — Jin Xuan

2017 Day Lily Traditional Roast

Doug Palas 2017 gaiwan Jin Xuan oolong tea Taiwan

2017 Day Lily Traditional Roast

Tea production in Taiwan began after a mass migration of millions of people from China during the middle of the 19th Century. The migrants brought tea cultivars and oolong processing knowledge from Southern Fujian to Nantou, Taiwan. The style of tea produced was a medium-oxidized, medium-roasted, globe-shaped oolong that mimicked the Iron Goddess styles of tea of Southern Fujian. These teas are the roots of Taiwanese oolong production. Despite the evolving tea oolong industry, some producers make oolong tea the old way, even though it is no longer fashionable. I I however love the flavors that come from the mix...

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2017 Golden Lily

Doug Palas 2017 Black Tea Jin Xuan yunnan

2017 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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2017 Gui Fei

Doug Palas Jin Xuan oolong tea Taiwan

2017 Gui Fei

The modern history of tea production in Taiwan began during a mass migration of mainland Chinese moving to Taiwan during the middle of 19th Century. They brought the tea cultivars and oolong processing knowledge from Southern Fujian that has evolved to produce modern oolong styles such as bao zhong, high mountain oolong, and iron goddess of mercy.  During the 20th Century as the skill of Taiwan tea makers increased, new styles of tea unique to Taiwan were developed. The most popular style, bai hao, utilized the unique terroir to create a darker oolong with flavors of stone fruit and baking...

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