The holidays are just around the corner but don't fret, we've already done your shopping for tea gifts for you! In response to customer requests, we've sourced a few new exciting items in our store that make great gifts!
We found a very nice, super compact Travel Tea Set that offers the perfect balance of aesthetics and function.
And here is our personal favorite of an all purpose Gaiwan style teapot that is the most versatile and easy to use Gongfu tea brewing vessel we've found.
In addition to the above carefully selected teaware items, we also have freshly harvested winter crops of Taiwan's renowned High Mountain Oolongs. Our winter batches of roasted and lower elevation teas will be arriving in the weeks ahead, so keep an eye out!
If you have someone who isn't quite into tea yet, we recommend getting them our Taiwanese Tea Sampler Gift Pack. Besides having a great representation of most of the different types of teas found in Taiwan, it also comes with a beautiful and very useful portable ceramic Tea Caddy.
Finally, we have a Gift Card option that does not require any decisions on which items to choose, and it is instantly sent to the recipient by email, bypassing the holiday rush on shipping!
The holidays are just around the corner, so order now to be sure things arrive in time!
Batch #50 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club starts off 2020 with a freshly harvested Alishan High Mountain Oolong Winter Tea from our ongoing source in Meishan Township. This very small batch of tea was their final day of winter harvest. The leaves were not yet fully mature, and offer a fresh, distinctly aromatic and complex flavor profile.
The photo above is this month's batch of the Eco-Cha Tea Club undergoing solar withering on November 11, 2019. This was the final day of winter harvest for our source of Alishan High Mountain Oolong Tea, and we were able to procure enough of this very minimal batch to share with our Tea Club. This date was 3 days after Li Dong (立冬) in the lunar calendar, and the winter harvest of High Mountain Tea had for the most part been completed in central Taiwan.
This summer 2017 crop of naturally cultivated and well bug bitten and matured leaves were processed as a traditional Oolong, which mainly means that they were well oxidized. The work that went into oxidizing these leaves was considerable as well as skillful. The leaves needed to be worked, and they got worked well! The result is a full-bodied, substantial brew that offers a very satisfying balance that starts with a mild smokiness, leading into a fruity body with mineral notes, and finishing with something reminiscent of old school Charms lollipops. It really does have a distinct plum powder/confectioner's sugar finishing note that is cushioned by that smoky mineral base. It's a mouthful!