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April, 3, 2020

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Early Spring Bi Luo Chun Green Tea | Eco-Cha Tea Club

The earliest days of spring harvest are known to produce the most complex and delicately flavored Bi Luo Chun Green Tea. The leaves have more substance as a result of growing more slowly, combined with a fresh spring floral quality that comes from the plants entering their heightened phase of spring vegetation. View full article →
March, 14, 2020

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Bi Luo Chun Tea Early Spring Harvest | Eco-Cha Teas

Freshly picked early spring Bi Luo Chun Tea is here! We added Bi Luo Chun Green Tea to our menu just last September and it has gotten a great response. So we planned ahead this year, and took a trip up northern Taiwan to visit the farms and factory as soon as the spring harvest season began to get more. View full article →
March, 13, 2020

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Traditional Lugu Oolong Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Batch #52 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club brings us back to our roots of local tea culture— since our introduction to Taiwanese tea began in Lugu, way back in 1993! Both the source of this tea and its flavor profile invoke those memories of our early days here in Taiwan. View full article →
March, 9, 2020

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What Does Oolong Tea Taste Like: You'll Love This Interactive Tea Tool!

What does oolong tea taste like? With this fun and interactive tool you'll scroll through tea types to see tasting notes, region, roast levels, and where your tea falls on the scale from fresh and light, to rich, roasted, and mellow. View full article →
March, 7, 2020

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Traditional Lugu Oolong Tea | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Mr. Zhang's father cultivated tea on their homesteaded land in Xiaobantian, on the southside of Lugu Township, where he grew up in the midst of traditional tea making. At 20 something, Mr. Zhang decided to embody his local tradition by clearing his uncle's yet-to-be farmed land to cultivate his own plot of tea higher up and deeper into the mountains.  View full article →
March, 2, 2020

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Charcoal Roasted High Mountain Oolong Tea is Back!

At long last, our Charcoal Roasted High Mountain Oolong Tea is back! Our last batch proved very popular and we quickly sold out of it a few months ago. We scouted the local circuit for a replacement, and we finally found one we like! View full article →
February, 24, 2020

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Competition Dong Ding Oolong Tea Comparison

We did a taste comparison of Eco-Cha's spring and winter batches of Dong Ding Oolong Tea, along with the award winning batch from the winter tea competition. We source our Dong Ding Oolong from a family run farm in Yonglong Village. The father/son team have been consistent prize winners in their local competition for many years. Below is a photo of the son, proud winner of the Top 2% award in last spring's competition. He also received Top 8% Award in the winter competition. View full article →
February, 5, 2020

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Light Roast Yushan High Mountain Oolong Tea Tasting Notes

The leaves brew an exceptionally substantial, smooth, balanced tea with a very satisfying savory/sweet profile. The brewed leaves put forth fresh, buttery green leafy aromatic notes, like sauteed Swiss Chard. The tea is viscous, with an evenly balanced complexity of warming spices and unrefined sugary notes — cardamom, palm sugar, and butternut squash come to mind. View full article →
February, 3, 2020

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

Batch #51 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club was sourced from an organic High Mountain Oolong Tea farm located at the trailhead to Taiwan's highest peak — Yushan, or Jade Mountain. This plot of tea is situated high up in a gorge that is the source Dong Pu Hot Springs.  View full article →
January, 14, 2020

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Alishan High Mountain Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

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. View full article →
January, 12, 2020

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Alishan High Mountain Oolong Tea | Eco-Cha Tea Club

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. View full article →
December, 11, 2019

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Charcoal Roasted Honey Oolong Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

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! View full article →
December, 7, 2019

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The Lugu Farmers' Association Dong Ding Oolong Tea Competition

Above is a snapshot of the final stage of judging being conducted by our most respected tea professionals in Taiwan. Each of these individuals has generously offered their time and expertise on numerous occasions, accommodating our questions about their work. Respect! View full article →
December, 4, 2019

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Charcoal Roasted Honey Oolong Tea: Eco-Cha Tea Club

his month's batch of tea is from a crop of naturally culitvated Jin Xuan harvested in the summer of 2017. The leaves were significantly affected by the Green Leafhopper and other pests, so they were stunted and gnarled and far from the standard of quality that is commonly followed. But as our friend who sourced the raw leaves and processed them using traditional Oolong Tea making methods once told us "I'm more interested in odd and unusual tea!" (我現在比較喜歡奇奇怪怪的茶!).  View full article →
November, 21, 2019

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Holiday Gift Ideas

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's requests, we've sourced a few new exciting items in our store that make great gifts! Hit the link to see our holiday gift ideas! View full article →
November, 21, 2019

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Caffeine Calculator 3.0: Caffeine In Starbucks Tea

We wanted you to have a quick and easy way to look up how much caffeine is in your cup of tea...whether you're brewing at home or buying on the go. This Caffeine Calculator gives you all that, at the click of a button.  View full article →
November, 9, 2019

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Alishan High Mountain Black Tea Tasting Notes| Eco-Cha Tea Club

Eco-Cha Tea Club's batch #48 is Alishan High Mountain Black Tea. It has a very balanced, integrated flavor profile, and offers subtle notes of a Qing Xin Oolong. The brewed leaves still have a greenish hue, even though the stems are quite reddish, indicating nearly full oxidation. It is an interesting hybrid of tea types, but definitely acts more like a Black Tea made from the small leaf type Qing Xin strain.

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November, 8, 2019

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Alishan High Mountain Black Tea| Eco-Cha Tea Club

Batch #48 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is an Alishan High Mountain Black Tea. Our source of Alishan High Mountain Oolong and Alishan High Mountain Jin Xuan Oolong makes Black Tea from his summer crop of Qing Xin Oolong tea leaves. The summer crop is actually a bumper crop from their spring harvest. The new leaf growth that was too immature to pick at spring harvest is allowed to continue growing to at least half maturity before it is harvested and processed as Small Leaf Black Tea. View full article →
October, 24, 2019

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Singular Batch Traditional Oolong Tea | Labor Of Love Oolong

This very small fall harvest of naturally cultivated Oolong leaves was painstakingly processed by a father and son team who are top representatives of their local tea industry. The most inspiring fact is that the son is wholeheartedly inheriting his family's tradition, and this small batch of tea is testimony to that.

The name "Hong Shui (Red Water) Oolong" has been a buzzword in Oolong circles in recent years. But the tea makers who have inherited their local tradition say that this is simply a new name for tea processed like their grandfathers taught them. It used to just be called "Oolong Tea"! 

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October, 13, 2019

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Cui Feng High Mountain Oolong Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

The prominent features of this batch of tea are the growing region, the farming methods, weather conditions on the day of harvest, and the degree of oxidation in the leaves in their processing. These factors offer us a premium quality High Mountain Oolong Tea. 

The brewed tea offers a creamy, soft pine aroma with a smooth, savory/vegetal character that is very satisfying. It has a lingering, thick yet mild floral aftertaste, with a touch of heady spice. It's this integrated composition that we have come to appreciate most about High Mountain Oolongs. When there is sufficient complexity, combined with a thick, smooth constitution that actually shines the most after it has cooled down, it rates high on our Oolong score chart!

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October, 9, 2019

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Roasted Qing Xin Oolong Black Tea | Double Ten Day Special!

This batch of tea was originally our February 2019 edition of the Eco-Cha Tea Club. And now, the minimal remainder of that batch of Qing Xin Oolong Black Tea has undergone a delicate roasting, offering "another side" of its character.  View full article →
October, 8, 2019

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Cui Feng High Mountain Oolong Tea | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Batch #47 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club was procured from our ongoing source of Da Yu Ling High Mountain Oolong. The proprietor of our local tea packaging facility and tea wholesaler has cooperated with this farmer who manages the farms in both Cui Feng and Da Yu Ling for many years. Our friend has consulted in both farm management and tea processing in order to have reliable produce from two of Taiwan's most prestigious place names for High Mountain Oolong Tea. View full article →
October, 3, 2019

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The Ultimate Tea Caffeine Calculator: Version 2.0

This tea caffeine calculator shows you precise caffeine amounts based on tea type, serving size, and number of brews. See exactly how much caffeine is in your cup of green, oolong, black tea and more. View full article →
September, 17, 2019

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How Much Caffeine Is In Tea? Ask The Caffeine Calculator

How much caffeine is in Green tea? Oolong tea? Black tea? With this free caffeine calculator simply select tea type and serving size and you'll see precisely how much caffeine is in your cup!

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September, 15, 2019

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Does Tea Go Bad?

The shelf life of tea is a common topic of discussion among tea drinkers. We often see questions such as:

  • Can tea go bad?
  • How do I keep my loose leaf tea fresh?
  • Which teas have longer or shorter shelf lives?

Let's look at some of the factors that affect how long your tea stays fresh.

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