We've got a guest post up on TChing, a fantastic tea blog, community, and resource for excellent tea information.
Visit TChing to check out Andy's post entitled "What is artisan about artisan tea?"
This is a discussion on big tea vs small tea and traditional tea making methods compared to newer large scale manufacturing. Andy discussed these issues with an old friend and tea farmer from Dong Ding Mountain.
Read the story here:
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The most commonly referred to trait in Leafhopper Tea is a honey-essence note in the fragrance as well as the flavor profile. This hint of honey varies greatly from batch to batch of "bug bitten tea", as it is also referred to locally. But the most general characteristic of this tea type is its bold complexity of aroma and flavor. It simply has a substance that clearly distinguishes it from a standard High Mountain Tea.
Above we see a local tea picker turning in freshly picked leaves to be weighed and recorded for commission. These new-growth, tender leaves were harvested on a beautiful sunny day at about 1500 meters elevation in the Shan Lin Xi tea growing region in southern Nantou County, central Taiwan.
Our expressed intention in sharing this batch of tea is to offer Eco-Cha Tea Club members a chance to experience the original unroasted flavor profile of a tea type that, in the local Taiwanese dialect, is simply called "Leafhopper Tea".