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Starting at $ 55.00
The Song Hong Black Tea Competition is held in our very own Mingjian Township and has grown considerably in the last few years. This is a clear sign that black tea making is no longer a fringe activity in our tea making community, or even in Taiwan in general. The quality of what is proposed today has also vastly improved. This competition is not reserved to one cultivar in particular. This is why some participants, like it is the case of this entry made by one of good friend and collaborator to TTC’s offerings, is a mixed-leaf tea. A mixed leaf differs from a blend in the fact that it identifies a tea made from blended fresh leaves that have undergone the same tea making process as opposed to “blended” together as a finished product. The mix in question is comprised of high mountain Qing Xin leaves sourced from Shanlinxi and Jin Xuan leaves sourced sourced from his own tea garden. Both together propose an expansive spectrum of both lively stone fruit notes (peach, cherry) with hints of candied violets, fresh vanilla and wintergreen freshness. The body is supple and suave but what surprises is the most pleasant long aftertaste that simply lures you to not stop drinking it! We are extremely proud and privileged to be able to showcase the pioneering work of our friend with this prize winning competition tea and put a deserved spotlight on him while these very limited sealed and numbered boxes are available at very affordable prices. Purchasers of the Box Set of two 150 g tins will receive a Gift Bag as well.
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It may come as a surprise to many tea enthusiasts that only consider Taiwan as a source of magnificent oolongs, but Taiwan has also a long history of producing black teas that date back to the early 1920’s. Then under Japanese rule, Yuchi township, situated on the shores of the scenic Sun Moon Lake of central Taiwan, was chosen for it’s perfect climate and soil for the growing of Assamica tea bushes. The Japanese objective was then to compete with the striving British commerce that ruled over the trade of black tea. Never could they compete in yield, but, surprisingly enough, the quality of these Taiwanese black teas attracted such attention that it sold very well in New York and London. At the height of this trend, just before the Second World War, black tea plantations occupied 3000 hectares of land compared to a little less than 100 today and represented 93% of all tea exports from Taiwan. With the demise of the Japanese at the conclusion of WW II, black tea virtually disappeared from the island. Today, one can easily experience why this tea was successful through the revival of this heritage Assam tea.
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