Gunpowder Green Tea from China. This tea is growing in popularity, a little naturally on the bitter side. The leaves are rolled into small balls while wet, giving it a unique characteristic. These small balls resemble “gun pellets” which one might say “gunpowder tea” obtained its name from.
After pouring the hot water on these little balls of fire – watch them unfold into a slightly bitter brew. Remember green teas don’t usually like that boiling water – so take the pot to the tea, which will cool it down enough for the “greens”. And only steep those 1-2 minutes. Gunpowder is a tad bitter on its own, so don’t think you brewed it too long 🙂 NO FRILLS PACKAGING means you’ll get your tea in a Glassine Lined bag instead of the fancy labeled “normal canister or package” AND we add a little more tea for less money!
Honeybush is similar to Rooibos in that it comes from South Africa. It’s referred to as “The other red-tea”. Being CAFFEINE FREE, it makes a “sweet” night time tea. Harvested from the Eastern Cape- Honeybush is slightly sweeter than Rooibos and actually has a fine scent of honey… is also GREAT cold!
Honeybush flowers emit a distinct “honey” scent and is harvested during their flowering season, thus it’s name! NO FRILLS PACKAGING means you’ll get your tea in a Glassine Lined bag instead of the fancy labeled “normal canister or package” AND we add a little more tea for less money!
Irish Breakfast is a hardy blend of Assam, Ceylon, and even Keemun (China) black teas. As strong as a morning English Breakfast teas can be… the Irish… teas are a little… lets just say, “rough or hardier” group of teas.
A hardy morning breakfast… meaning a strong darker brew.
Produced in China and Formosa (Taiwan), Lapsang Souchong has a very “smoky” smell making it one of the most distinctive Black teas out there. This is also called the “man tea” of teas. Can also be used to bring hardcore coffee drinkers over to the light side… The flavor and aroma come from the drying of these leaves over the smoke of pine needles or pinewood.
The brew is a rich and dark and actually a smooth taste. After smelling it, one might think it would make a “tarry” tea and the lower qualities do… not ours! NO FRILLS PACKAGING means you’ll get your tea in a Glassine Lined bag instead of the fancy labeled “normal canister or package” AND we add a little more tea for less money!
Matcha is a very fine.. almost green powder. It’s the tea that is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony- which is very interesting- so google it for details. It can be a tad bitter, so a tiny bit of sweetness can help- but don’t go dumping it into teaspoons of sugar or creamer. It is added or sprinkled to various items like ice cream and can also be found in candy and even as an additive in some lattes. *** A little can go a long way*** ONLY SOLD LOOSE *** SEE SIZE OF PACKAGES IN DETAILS- DIFFERENT FROM OUR STANDARD SIZES
In Japanese ceremonies it can be seen being “whisked” with a small bamboo whisk to a foam which breaks up any small clumps and will aid in the blending of the end product. Very little is consumed during the ceremony.
Fine Ti Kuan Yin, is our China Oolong. It’s smoother than the Formosa. The leaves aren’t as course as our Oolong from Taiwan, which usually gives you that hint it’ll be a little mellow. A great Oolong on its own- but being on the “less woodsy” side any herbs added seem to peek their heads out more.
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We use this as our Oolong base for flavoring. Being from Formosa, which only means it came from Taiwan, it has that characteristic rough rolled brown leaf. This Oolong is closer to our base Black tea from Sri Lanka giving it a solid woodsy taste on its own. GREAT with some JASMINE!!!!
Our Formosa is a darker brew and very woodsy, so be careful adding some of the more subtle flavors and herbs- they can be overtaken by that woodsy flavor. NO FRILLS PACKAGING means you’ll get your tea in a Glassine Lined bag instead of the fancy labeled “normal canister or package” AND we add a little more tea for less money!
Pu-erh (poo-yair) is a VERY hardy Black tea. Some may say… an acquired taste. It comes from the bold leaf tea which is from the providence of Yunnan in China. It’s an “aged tea”, which means as a result of it’s oxidation process it actually gets smoother and “better” over time. Where most teas will lose taste and quality with time. It has a very EARTHY taste. In part because it’s “composted” ( …yes I said composted) during the finial phase of processing. Lower in tannins than other blacks it doesn’t tend to become bitter when steeped. Actually the longer you steep it the STRONGER it becomes. This is the “wine” of teas… at least in concept.
Like a fine wine, pu-erh gets better with time. If you want to try a sample with your order, feel free to ask us. I love it, but it really is an acquired taste. When I smell and taste it I can only think of one thing…. for me to know and you to find out.
Rooibos (Roy-Bus)- This is one of those tisanes that is referred to in America as a “Red Tea”. It’s from the southern cape of South Africa, being naturally Caffeine Free it makes a great night time tea! The bonus… It has more antioxidants and minerals than even Green/White teas. Having no tannins, it won’t get bitter… meaning you can’t screw it up steeping!!! It’s great cold. And I LOVE the color of the brew- a deep red. It has a sweet smoky taste, allowing many flavors and herbs to dance well with it.
In South Africa, mothers give cooled rooibos to colicky babies, as it soothes the stomach. We strongly believe there are beneficial properties to many herbs; but again, we don’t advocate any medicinal affects/effects of any herbs. So PLEASE check with a professional and do your research on any/all herbs you want to experiment with.
Sencha Fine- Japan’s best. Japan is known for their production of greens, they export mostly green teas- so they obviously now what they are doing with the delicate harvesting process. We use this quality base for our flavored greens. Although a heavier and denser whole leaf, we think it holds many of our flavors best.
Simply put… Sencha Fine is a quality green tea on its own! It is said that many estates only use woman to pick the leaves, they feel they have a more delicate handling of the harvesting. They also have smaller hands which allows them easier access doing less damage to the leaves. NO FRILLS PACKAGING means you’ll get your tea in a Glassine Lined bag instead of the fancy labeled “normal canister or package” AND we add a little more tea for less money!
CHINA WHITE – White Peony (Pai Mu Tan) – Bringing up the end of the GREEN tea pack. The leaves are only steamed and dried- the least of all processed. Even less than all greens-This process gives whites their long twisted leaf appearance as well as leaving behind the highest level of antioxidants. Most White teas are more expensive than other teas and are considered the purest tea by some. Due in part to the delicate care that is needed with picking these teas- at some estates only women are allowed this task 🙂
White Tea – All the rave, with all its antioxidant properties. If a touch of flavoring is requested we can add a little green flavored tea as well as herbs. When steeping, only 1 level teaspoon per 6-8 oz cup, use fresh water until steaming (not boiling) steep for 30 seconds to 1 minute White Peony will have a clean taste with a very faint hint of apple flavor. A little darker appearance than the Silver Needle Blend, but still a much lighter color than ANY green you’ll see. NO FRILLS PACKAGING means you’ll get your tea in a Glassine Lined bag instead of the fancy labeled “normal canister or package” AND we add a little more tea for less money!