Friday, April 12, 2013

New Taiwanese Tea at Phoenix Tea

Lately we have been in Taiwanese tea heaven at Cinnabar's and my tea shop Phoenix Tea. Please allow me to take you on a little tour of my current favorites.

Shan Lin Xi Long Feng Xia (杉林溪龍鳳峽) - This winter oolong is very complex. It blends wild herbaceous tasting notes such as cedar, pine, and rosemary with clean winter snow and dynamic floral bouquets. A pleasant long-lasting tingly sensation lingers in the back of my throat after a long session with this fine tea.

High Mountain Jin Xuan (高山金萱) - This winter tea uses the golden lily cultivar and produces a luscious, sweet and buttery cup of oolong tea. It is floral with little hints of popcorn. The broth is very smooth and substantial.

Lishan (梨山) - This winter Lishan is beyond compare. We've already restocked it once because so many tea lovers have fallen for its charms. Tasting notes of sugarcane and crisp tart fruits are balanced with buttery, wild honeysuckle aromas. The sweetness lingers for hours.

Dong Fang Mei Ren (東方美人) -  This Pinglin (坪林) grown Dong Fang Mei Ren may taste a little lighter, brisker and smoother to you if you're more used to drinking Hsinchu grown Dong Fang Mei Ren. I think this tea is incredible and balanced with big honey and ripe peach notes in most infusions. It has a long-lasting sweet, brisk aftertaste.

Meishan Hongcha (梅山紅茶) - This fully oxidized high mountain tea is flat out amazing. It blends brisk and malty classic black tea flavors with alluring aromas like rose and cocoa.


Jin Xuan Hong Cha (金萱紅茶) - A heavily oxidized tea that expertly combines all the goodness of a black tea, gently roasted oolong, and a buttery caramel. The resulting delicious-ness has made this tea very popular among many of our in store customers.



Unknown said...

Looks great! I just finished off the Baozhong I ordered from you guys today. Hopefully sometime this summer I can order from you again. Or if things really work out in a nice way, I may visit your shop in person.

I tried to ask this on your google+ community, but how far away would you be by car from the Lake Union area? My brother and his Fiance moved to the Lake Union area of Seattle in January, and I hope to get out there and visit them this summer provided I get a job lined up.

Brett said...

Hi Adam! Thanks for the comment. Sorry I missed your google+ question. Lake Union is a little lake right in the heart of the city. It is connected to the Puget Sound and Lake Washington (which is a HUGE lake) by a man-made ship canal. My wife works at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the south Lake Union area. If traffic is OK you can make it to Burien in ~30 minutes by car. My family lives in South Seattle. It would be really cool if you could visit!

Gareth said...

Your teas look amazing, love the descriptions too :)