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2018 Winter Li Shan

Doug Palas 2018 High Mountain oolong tea Taiwan

2018 Winter Li Shan

The quality of a tea is determined by three primary factors: the cultivar or the specific type of tea plant, the processing steps used, and the terroir, a French term used to describe the different aspects of the environment from which it was grown. With Taiwan oolong teas it is just one aspect of terroir that garners lots of attention: The elevation at which the tea was grown. The highest grown teas are labeled goa shan cha or high mountain tea with a growing elevation of over 1000 masl. Taiwan has more mountains that produce high mountain oolongs than any...

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2018 Organic Snow Buds

Doug Palas 2018 China

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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2018 Organic Yunnan Golden Lily

Doug Palas 2018 Black Tea China

2018 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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2018 Winter Seasonal Northern Lights

Doug Palas 2018 green tea

2018 Winter Seasonal Northern Lights

Each year I create a special blend to celebrate both winter and the holiday season. This year’s blend, Northern Lights, was inspired by flavors that remind me of cold, winter nights. The Kilogram holiday teas from the past two years were a black tea blend and herbal blend. This year I decided to use a green tea, but I wanted to take my favorite element from the past two years, which was a baking spice note, and build upon it. But rather than pairing it with sweet flavors like years past, I chose a savory, pan-fired tea from eastern China...

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2018 Yunnan Purple

Doug Palas 2018 Black Tea China mingqian yunnan

2018 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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