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Seasonal Tea — Yunnan

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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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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2018 Organic Snow Buds

Doug Palas 2018 China Early Spring Green Tea Yunnan

2018 Organic Snow Buds

The majority of China green tea undergoes a pan-firing process to de-enzyme the tea so that the leaves and flavor can remain green. An older, more traditional, method is to use convective heat to gently bake the leaves. Baking preserves delicate floral flavors, and doesn’t impart as much flavor from the process as pan-firing. Our latest offering, Snow Buds, is a baked green tea from Yunnan, China. Currently, we offer a rather large selection of tea made from slightly different varieties the da yeh cultivar. Its versatility is quite amazing, whether it’s a white, green, yellow or black tea, da...

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