Our oolong for today is from Eco-Cha – a Summer 2020 Alishan High Mountain Jin Xuan from Ruifeng, Taiwan. Leaf and Steeping Method Alishan Jin Xuan has a strong grassy buttery scent with some marigolds thrown in. As usual, I used 1 gram of per 15ml of vessel size, gongfu steeped in boiling water. After a rinse, the scent of the leaves moves to hot buttered grass and floral. Yes, I usually brew in gaiwan but today I couldn’t be bothered to get up and locate a gaiwan. Tasting of Eco-Cha’s Summer 2020 Alishan High Mountain Jin Xuan First and… Continue reading, hoot!
Today is an interesting selection of Eco-Cha teas that were featured in previous months of their monthly tea club. I always enjoy getting teas from their club as they are of high quality or interesting teas to drink. Eco-Cha‘s Spring 2020 Bi Luo Chun Green Tea I haven’t drunk a Bi Luo Chun for a long time, actually, I cannot remember the last time I’ve had this green tea. Eco-Cha’s Bi Luo Chun is a spring 2020 tea grown in Taiwan. The dry leaf smells like simply like pine nuts. Instructions say 1 gram of leaf per 40ml of vessel… Continue reading, hoot!
Today’s tea is Eco-Cha’s Jin Xuan GABA black tea was a part of their tea club. This is a Summer 2018 tea promised to be rich and fruity. I have been on the hunt for interesting (and not horrible) GABA teas, and Eco-Cha fits the bill. Alas, this GABA black is from an old tea club, but it is an interesting tea and example of the fun teas Eco-Cha gets for its exclusive members. Eco-Cha goes more into this tea in their blog. Leaf and Steeping Method The dry leaf has a soapy plum scent on the twisted long leaves.… Continue reading, hoot!
This is January 2019 club box from the Eco-Cha tea of the month subscription. I have reviewed their main line of teas years back. If you are in looking for the gems, that is in their exclusive and limited quantity club teas. Unboxing the Eco-Cha Club, you get 75 grams of tea, and a special surprise (in our case, some sort of teapot scooper). Members are also provided with a PDF info sheet and video tea tasting by the Eco-Cha owner. If you prepay 6 months you get a clay teapot, at 12 months you get a teapot and bamboo… Continue reading, hoot!
It is the first week of November and with my birthday is coming up (November 7th) I have an important decison to make – what teas to drink on my birthday! With that said, I’m going to be sampling a bunch of oolongs. Today’s oolong – Eco-Cha’s Tsui Yu Jade Oolong, an oolong from Nantou, Taiwan. By the way, Eco-Cha is having a crowd funding campaign for support of small scale oolong made from traditional farming methods. The oolong here is certified organic too! Check it out – the $50 tier looks pretty awesome as you get a clay gongfu tea pot!… Continue reading, hoot!
Today’s tea is Jin Xuan Oolong – a lovely milk oolong sold by Eco-Cha, online seller of Taiwanese oolongs. This Jin Xuan Oolong was grown at 400m elevation by a co-op farm that does not use chemical weed killers and little or none chemical fertilizers and water soluble pesticides. I’ve been feeling in an Oolong mood lately. Last week I reviewed, by accident, all Pu’er teas. After that, I feel I need to go binge on some oolong while I do some spring cleaning. Dry Leaf What a smell! Jin Xuan Oolong smells amazing! There is a strong floral creamy butter scent coming from the tight clumps… Continue reading, hoot!
Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Concubine Oolong is a northern Taiwan produced oolong sold by Eco-cha, online seller of Taiwan teas. Eco-Cha has a nice write up about this tea, but in sum, Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Concubine Oolong is similar to an Oriental Beauty, but a different oolong variety and leaf rolling method. Similar to Oriental Beauty oolongs, this tea is munched on by specific bugs to encourage new growth, thus a big flavor change. With that said, this type of tea has not been treated with pesticides, thus more work to make as well as in many cases, a… Continue reading, hoot!