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Seasonal Tea — Thailand

2018 White Tipped Oolong

Doug Palas 2018 High Mountain Oolong Tea Qin Xing Thailand

2018 White Tipped Oolong

Tea production in Taiwan began after a mass migration of millions of people from China during the middle of the 19th Century. Immigrants brought tea cultivars and oolong processing knowledge from Southern Fujian which evolved to produce modern oolong styles such as bai, hao, bao zhong, high mountain oolong, and iron goddess of mercy. In the past 15 years many Taiwanese tea producers have left the small, crowded island of Taiwan in search of new places to produce oolong. Thailand, and South and Central China are now home to Taiwanese tea producers looking to explore different terroir while continuing to...

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2017 Ancient Black Pearl

Doug Palas 2017 Black Tea High Mountain Thailand

2017 Ancient Black Pearl

In Southeast Asia, the Camellia sinensis plant has been cultivated for thousands of years. In countries such as Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand there exist pockets of assamica variety tea trees of unknown origin. They were planted generations ago, but still produce harvestable tea. Often they were abandoned and rediscovered. Some tea buyers call these “wild” tea trees. To the best of my knowledge, wild growing Camellia sinensis plants to make tea don’t exist. In actuality, these old trees were planted with intention of being harvested. The term I prefer to use these for old heirloom trees is “ancient,” since it...

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