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Organic Ruby Oolong

Doug Palas High Mountain Oolong Tea Organic Thailand

Organic Ruby Oolong

Oolong tea has become increasingly scarce. Shifts in global weather patterns combined with a large demand for oolong in Asia has soaked up the majority of the production in Southeastern China and Taiwan, the primary oolong producing areas.  Skilled, enterprising tea makers have been looking for new locations with the proper climate, soil, and elevation to produce quality tea. Unfortunately the tea industry has been slow to adopt these new growing regions, such as New Zealand, Central China, and Thailand.  The perception is that the quality isn’t there - the truth is that the quality is often abundant, but without...

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Iced Matcha Latte Recipe

Doug Palas Green Tea Japan Matcha Recipe

Iced Matcha Latte Recipe

You will need: 4 grams of Kilogram Organic Matcha fine mesh wire strainer, to be used as a sifter 2 oz of 175°F water small whisk cocktail shaker ¾ oz of simple syrup 8 oz of Oatly Barista Edition Oat Milk 3 oz ice Sift the matcha into the cocktail shaker. Add the 175°F water and whisk for 10 seconds. Add the ice, oat milk, and simple syrup to the shaker. Shake vigorously until cold and frothy. Serve in a pint glass.

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Mint Matcha Spritz Recipe

Doug Palas Green Tea Japan Matcha Recipes

Mint Matcha Spritz Recipe

You will need: 1.5 grams of Kilogram Organic Matcha fine mesh wire strainer, to be used as a sifter 1 oz of 210°F water small whisk cocktail shaker ¾ oz of simple syrup fresh mint ice Sift the matcha into the cocktail shaker. Add the 210°F water and whisk vigorously for 10 seconds. Add the simple syrup. Slap a sprig of mint to release the essential oils, and add it along with 6 oz of ice to the shaker. Shake aggressively long enough to cool the mixture and release the mint flavor. Pour the entire contents into a pint glass...

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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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Organic Matcha

Doug Palas Green Tea Japan Kagoshima Matcha

Organic Matcha

Matcha is powdered green tea from Japan. When whisked vigorously with hot water, it produces a thick, frothy beverage that is rich in flavor, amino acids, and antioxidants. It originated in China during the Tang Dynasty in the form of a coarse, steamed green tea that was compressed into cakes. Pieces of the dried cakes would be roasted and crushed into a powder to be mixed with water. In 1191, a Zen Buddhist monk named Eisai traveled from Japan to China and returned with powdered tea. Over the next couple of centuries, the cultivation and processing of matcha was perfected...

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