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Yame Matcha

Doug Palas green tea Japan matcha

Yame Matcha

Yame, located in western Fukuoka Prefecture, is one of the oldest tea producing regions in Japan. It is renowned for its tea famous shaded green teas. The micro-climate there is perfect for kabuse sencha, gyokuro, and matcha. And its small-scale production is conducive to quality. Matcha was brought from China to Japan nearly 1000 years ago where it has been adopted and perfected. Quality is determined by the following factors -  when it was harvested, which cultivars were used, how it was processed, how it was ground, and the color. Ideally the matcha was harvested during the first harvest of...

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2017 Iron Goddess of Mercy

Doug Palas 2017 China High Mountain Hubei oolong tea

2017 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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2017 Yunnan Golden Orchid

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2017 Yunnan Golden Orchid

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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2017 Day Lily Traditional Roast

Doug Palas 2017 gaiwan Jin Xuan oolong tea Taiwan

2017 Day Lily Traditional Roast

Tea production in Taiwan began after a mass migration of millions of people from China during the middle of the 19th Century. The migrants brought tea cultivars and oolong processing knowledge from Southern Fujian to Nantou, Taiwan. The style of tea produced was a medium-oxidized, medium-roasted, globe-shaped oolong that mimicked the Iron Goddess styles of tea of Southern Fujian. These teas are the roots of Taiwanese oolong production. Despite the evolving tea oolong industry, some producers make oolong tea the old way, even though it is no longer fashionable. I I however love the flavors that come from the mix...

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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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