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Organic Turmeric Tonic

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Organic Turmeric Tonic

Many years ago while researching Ayurvedic medicinal teas, I found that turmeric is used base for lots of herbal blends. In Hindu there are over thirty different names for turmeric. My interest peaked in summer 2014 when I was able to get a hold of some exceptional dried turmeric samples from Thailand. I was drawn to the bitter, pungent flavor, and deep orange color. And I remembered that turmeric, ginger and black pepper were a classic Ayurvedic combination. Tonics often contain quinine for a bitter edge and their restorative powers. I developed this blend to substitute the slight bitterness of turmeric for quinine...

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2017 Winter Shan Lin Xi

Doug Palas 2017 High Mountain oolong tea Taiwan

2017 Winter Shan Lin Xi

The small island nation of Taiwan is dotted with several tea-producing mountains. During the 1970s and ‘80s, Taiwan’s tea growers experimented with the relationship between cultivar, process, and elevation. Elevations over 1000 meters above sea level certain varieties of tea to develop incredibly complex floral aromas and flavors that are attributed to slowed growth. Light oxidation, combined with light baking, further accentuates these incredible nuances in flavor and aroma. This is our second offering this year from Shan Lin Xi. We also offered a spring harvested version of this tea. Comparatively the spring is lighter in body, and a bit...

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2017 Organic Kagoshima Sencha

Doug Palas 2017 Japan kagoshima sencha

2017 Organic Kagoshima Sencha

Kagoshima Prefecture is located on the south end of the southern island of Kyushu in Japan. Since it is located so far south, the weather is warmer, and as a result tea harvests early compared with other Japanese growing regions. Not too long ago, Kagoshima had a reputation for producing inexpensive, commodity teas. In the past 10 years, Kagoshima has shed this reputation by not only improving quality, but through experimentation. I see a wider range of cultivar and processing style coming from Kagoshima compared to other growing regions such as Yame, Uji, and Shizuoka, which tend to follow tradition....

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2017 Golden Phoenix Oolong

Doug Palas 2017 China Guangdong High Mountain oolong tea

2017 Golden Phoenix Oolong

Southeastern China is the birthplace of oolong tea. Oolongs originated in the Wuyi mountain range located in northern Fujian province roughly 1000 years ago. According to old Chinese tax records, Fujian’s neighbor to the west, Guangdong province, has produced oolong for nearly 900 years. The oolong grown in Guangdong was certainly influenced by the manufacturing processes developed in Northern Fujian, but makes use of a unique strain of an old tea cultivar called dan cong. Dan cong was originally produced in the Golden Phoenix mountain range, which is why these teas are often referred to as Golden Phoenix Oolongs whether...

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Japanese Green Tea Part 2

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Japanese Green Tea Part 2

Similar to Part 1, this guide is intended to be an overview focusing on growing regions, a small list of popular cultivars, and harvest seasons for Japanese green tea. Notable Tea Producing Regions Tea is mostly grown throughout southern and central Japan. In the north the climate is too cold to produce great tea. Uji- Located in the Kyoto prefecture, Uji is the most historically significant growing region in Japan. This is the prefecture where tea originally landed when it came from China to Japan. It is the birthplace of such styles as Gyokuro and Matcha but also produces excellent quality...

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