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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 Shincha Yamakai

Doug Palas 2019 Green Tea Japan Shincha Shizuoka

2019 Shincha Yamakai

Shizuoka Prefecture, located on the main island of Honshu, contains the largest tea growing region in Japan. The quality of tea produced here can be excellent, but the more innovative work involving unique cultivars, organic farming, and general experimentation tends to be done further south near Kagoshima where warmer weather allows for larger, earlier harvests. The advantage to tea grown in Shizuoka is a cool climate, located in a part of Japan known for its natural beauty, which allows the tea plant to grow slowly, and develop lots of savory flavor that is desirable in early spring harvested green tea....

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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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