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June, 30, 2022

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The Ultimate Iced Tea Guide

Summer is here and it's hot out! There's no better way to beat the heat than with an icy cold refreshing glass of home-brewed iced tea! Here we show you what we think is the ultimate way to make a thirst-quenching glass of loose-leaf iced tea! Continue reading
June, 23, 2022

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Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea Spring 2022 | Eco-Cha Teas

Spring Tea is the most popular among Taiwan's High Mountain Tea fans. Generally speaking, spring harvest offers the most aromatic and fresh flavor profile. In the end, however, each batch of tea has its own unique character. So we are going to take this opportunity to taste all 3 of our spring High Mountain Oolong Teas simultaneously, and while doing so, offer some background information about each growing region and how they differ from each other. Continue reading
June, 14, 2022

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Roasted Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Batch 79 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Roasted Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong Tea. As explained in the sourcing post, this batch is the roasted version of Eco-Cha's winter 2021 stock of Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong. We were inspired to dedicate our reserve stock of Shan Lin Xi winter tea to the the Tea Club, upon learning that our friend achieved Top Category Award in the world's largest and most prestigious Oolong Tea competition! So we asked him to roast our stock just how he roasted his competition tea — which increased its value about 5 times of the original unroasted version!

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June, 12, 2022

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Roasted Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Batch 79 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Roasted Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Oolong Tea. It is the roasted version of our winter 2021 batch we offered in our store. Our friend from whom we sourced this tea submitted a single entry from this same harvest into the Lugu Farmers' Association Dong Ding Oolong Tea Competition and achieved Top Category Award (shown above). When our friend told us this exciting news, we asked him if we could hire his services to roast our reserve stock the same way he roasted his top award winning tea. So this month's edition of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is from the same harvest and roasted the same way as the tea that ranked within the top 2% out of over 5000 entries.  Continue reading
June, 7, 2022

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Wenshan Baozhong Spring 2022 Sourcing Trip | Eco-Cha Teas

Above we can see the Pinglin District to the southeast of Taipei, but still within New Taipei City limits. Pinglin is not far at all from Taiwan's largest metropolis, but it feels more remote and rural than most developed regions on the island of Taiwan. It really feels like a relic of the past, in stark contrast to the modern city nearby. This rural community that produces a world-renowned tea is a historical landmark in its own right. We are privileged to represent this specialty tea in the international tea community. Continue reading
May, 31, 2022

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Li Shan High Mountain Oolong Spring 2022 | Eco-Cha Teas

Our spring 2022 batch of Li Shan High Mountain Oolong Tea is now on the shelf! Li Shan is a place name that means Pear Mountain. Li Shan High Mountain Tea is the most prestigious name of Taiwan Tea overall. It is home to the highest elevation tea farms on the island of Taiwan, and the climate is ideal for producing the best quality leaf — in the world, arguably! Continue reading
May, 21, 2022

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Taiwan Celebrates International Tea Day | Eco-Cha Teas

On the occasion of International Tea Day, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a video on their Youtube channel about Taiwanese tea culture in which we participated. Eco-Cha was asked to share a day in the life of our world of tea. So the first introduction was to our tea family and mentors Tony and Lisa Lin. We just sat in the backyard and had tea, like we usually do, and talked with the film makers about the local industry and culture. Continue reading
May, 19, 2022

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Taiwan Tea Hybrid Cultivars Spring 2022 | Eco-Cha Teas

Our spring 2022 batches of our Taiwan tea hybrid cultivars are now in store! All three of these teas are "Made in Taiwan", and have become popular tea types since they were introduced about 40 years ago. Jin Xuan Oolong is the most well known and most popular among tea lovers around the world. Continue reading
May, 17, 2022

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Traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Batch 78 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea harvested in April 2022. What makes this tea type different from our standard offering of Ding Ding Oolong is that the traditional version is significantly more oxidized and left unroasted. This is how it was made by the local artisans prior to its commercial promotion that began some 40 years ago.  Continue reading
May, 16, 2022

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Traditional Dong Ding Oolong | Eco-Cha Tea Club

The figure in the foreground of the photo above is the matriarch of this family of Traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea makers. This pic was snapped a few years ago, and she is now in her late eighties, so she is not the tea picking queen she once was, but she is as talkative and friendly as ever! Continue reading
May, 12, 2022

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Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Spring 2022 | Eco-Cha Teas

With the arrival of our spring batch of Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Tea, we were inspired to brew it alongside our Traditional Dong Ding Oolong as well as our current edition of the Eco-Cha Tea Club — which also happens to be a Traditional Dong Ding Oolong. All three teas were harvested this spring from the same community in Lugu, Taiwan.

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May, 5, 2022

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Shan Lin Xi Taiwan High Mountain Oolong Tea Spring 2022 | Eco-Cha Teas

Spring 2022 Taiwan high mountain tea harvest is slowly but steadily working its way up the mountain! Lower and mid-elevations were harvested by mid-April. Alishan High Mountain Oolong was mostly harvested by the last week in April, as Shan Lin Xi High Mountain Tea picking began. Continue reading
April, 21, 2022

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Traditional Dong Ding Oolong Spring 2022

The traditional recipe for Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Tea did not involve post production roasting at all. This is an evolution that began with tea merchants roasting past seasonal batches of Dong Ding Oolong, and offering a roasted version along with their newest seasonal batches of unroasted tea. Continue reading
April, 15, 2022

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Dong Dong Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

The character of this tea expresses the dedication of this next-generation tea artisan who is truly embodying his craft to achieve a family recipe that not only clearly sets him apart from market grade oolongs, but even from his local neighbors and colleagues. He is usurping the resources of his inheritance to create a truly distinctive character of tea. Continue reading
April, 14, 2022

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Taiwan Jin Xuan Oolong: Naturally Buttery Tea

Our freshly picked spring 2022 crop of Jin Xuan Oolong tea has the classic buttery notes with underlying sweet vegetal and woody qualities. The flavor is buttery, nutty, and savory - balanced by the smooth astringent "original Oolong" qualities that offer a clean, fragrant finish.

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April, 14, 2022

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Dong Ding Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Shown above is the father, son and uncle facilitating a harvest from this new plot of tea a few years ago. It's just this type of local scene that is the heart of our inspiration. This is what it's all about! Continue reading
April, 7, 2022

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Taiwan Dong Ding Oolong Tea Country | Eco-Cha Teas

Dong Ding Oolong Tea Country is the biggest hub of Taiwan tea culture. Soon after the KMT took control of Taiwan, the area on and around Dong Ding Mountain was determined to be the best location to develop tea cultivation. Continue reading
March, 24, 2022

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Spring 2022 Looking Good for Taiwan Tea!

Reservoir levels in northern and central Taiwan are all almost at full capacity now. This shows Taiwan has had sufficient rainfall, along with traditionally low temperatures through the winter, unlike last year when there was a drought. This all bodes very well for the upcoming spring tea harvest!  Continue reading
March, 15, 2022

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Lalashan Light Roast High Mountain Oolong Tea | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Batch 76 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a first for us, in the sense that we have never sourced tea from the Lalashan region before. Lalashan is the northernmost high elevation tea growing area on the island of Taiwan, and has a significantly colder and usually wetter climate than all other regions. Snowfall on Taiwan's High Mountain Tea farms is a rare occasion. In fact, only a small portion of Taiwan tea farms have ever seen snow. We share this image to represent the location and climate in the Lalashan that sets it apart. The photo above was taken in 2016. Continue reading
March, 15, 2022

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Lalashan Light Roast High Mountain Oolong Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Batch 76 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Lalashan Light Roast High Mountain Oolong Tea, winter 2021 harvest. When we tasted the freshly picked and cured tea in the farmer's home, we appreciated the full-bodied, balanced character of it, although it was still slightly "muddled" due to the remaining moisture content in the leaves. This moisture was locked in the stem material — which was plentiful. So we decided to have the stems removed and do a light roasting to bring the leaves to what we perceived as their fullest potential. Continue reading
February, 21, 2022

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Tie Guan Yin Oolong Winter 2021 | Eco-Cha Teas

Given the fact that Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea entails the most extensive processing methods, offering a rich, bold, and complex character — we've found that letting a newly made batch settle for a few months allows it to achieve optimal results. So, we only just now offering our winter 2021 batch. And just for fun, we did a cupping together with our winter 2018 and our spring 2020 past batches Continue reading
February, 18, 2022

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Ying Xiang Dong Pian Oolong Tea | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Batch 75 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is an Ying Xiang Dong Pian Oolong Tea from Yong Long Village in Lugu, Taiwan —at 700m elevation. Ying Xiang (迎香) means "Alluring Aroma", and is the name given to Tai Cha #20. This is a relatively recent hybrid tea cultivar introduced by Taiwan's Tea Research and Extension Station less than 10 years ago, and has slowly but surely gained popularity — especially at mid-elevation tea growing regions.  Continue reading
February, 18, 2022

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Ying Xiang Dong Pian Oolong Tea Tasting Notes | Eco- Cha Tea Club

Batch 75 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is offered during the month of Lunar New Year, and we expressly chose this tea for the occasion. Ying Xiang Dong Pian Oolong is a fresh, vibrant, full-bodied unroasted Oolong that was harvested at the very end of the growing season. The colder weather during its growing season gives it a distinctive profile that exemplifies the name Dong Pian, or late winter harvest. Continue reading
February, 15, 2022

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Lantern Festival, Calligraphy, and Taiwan Tea Culture

The calligraphy on red door paper was hand-brushed by our tea mentor in celebration of the Lunar New Year. They were sent on their way to our supporters who ordered them. Tony chose an abbreviated line of a poem by the famous poet Du Fu of the Tang Dynasty. Continue reading
January, 28, 2022

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Tea and Chinese Calligraphy

Above is a preview of the calligraphy our tea mentor, Tony Lin prepared for us this Lunar New Year. The first words of each of the three phrases comprise our brand name in Chinese: 一口茶 — which is a homonym for Eco-Cha! The Chinese meaning is simply "A Sip Of Tea". Continue reading