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In 2019, we bought three types of special Taiwan oolong tea in addition to our standard line-ups. These teas are the limited tea since we may not be able to get the same quality tea every year.

Introducing the unique tea as a special grade

Every year we visit Taiwan and conduct tea tasting to carefully select the ideal batch of each tea. In our line-ups, we have standard Taiwan oolong. For the standard line-ups, we focus on maintaining the quality and price every year. Nevertheless, sometimes we may find the unusual quality that happens to be produced only in that particular year. It happens thanks to the miraculous event such as some gardens happen to have tea leaves with strong muscatel flavour, the manufacturer happens to conduct fermentation outstandingly well on certain production day, or a particular segment in the tea garden happens to produce very special flavour. It is such an excitement and we always have positive surprise despite we are buying from the same people. It’s only available if all the good factors are met: quality material, good weather, and great skilled master. It’s definitely not possible to ask for the same quality tea to be available every year; it’s truly a great gift from the nature with the collaboration of skilled master. Most of the time, the tea manufacturer will preciously keep these limited batches for their own. Nevertheless, thanks to our long-term relationship with them, they are willing to share some with us.

Since the supply of those special teas is uncertain in future, we decided to introduce them as a limited tea. Due to the limited stock, once the stock finish we will close on taking an order .

Spring tea for taste and Winter/Autumn Tea for Flavour

There is always a debate about which Taiwan oolong is of better quality; is it winter (autumn) or spring harvest?
In my personal preference, I prefer spring tea. Tea is just like edible wild plants or wild herbs. During cold winter months, the plants are dormant and accumulate nutrients and other constituents. Therefore, the spring tea is very rich in constituents that well-reflected in its long-lasting aftertaste, creamy sensation, soft and mellow mouth-feel.
On the other hand, autumn/winter tea tends to give stronger flavour. The autumn/winter tea is always supported by people who prefer the flavour to the taste.

As for me, I prefer the taste to flavour. So I am always getting the spring teas.

Three types of Special Taiwan Oolong Tea are available

In 2019, we bought three types of special Taiwan oolong. After we have kept them for half a year without oxygen, the aging has ideally taken place and the flavour becomes stronger.
We pack tea without oxygen. So, the freshness of tea can lasts more than 10 years or even 20 years as long as the bag is not opened.
When the bag is just opened, due to the effect of no oxygen, the flavour of tea tends to be lighter. Please remove the oxygen absorber and leave it for one to two days so that the flavour gets much stronger.

1.Wen Shan Bao Zhong Special (特级 文山包種茶)

Wen Shan Bao Zhong is the oolong tea that undergoes the lightest fermentation (enzymatic oxidation). It gives refreshing floral flavour like orchids at first. But after a while, I notice that the flavour of honey and mangoes is lingering down my throat.

Price of Wen Shan Bao Zhong Special

70g (Bag) RM138

As usual, you will get one more set for free if you get 5 sets.

2. Cui Feng Special: Shui Xian Cultivar (翆峰 水仙種)

It is Shui Xian cultivar grown in Cui Feng. Shui Xian cultivar is a famous tea in Wuyi mountain. But it is extremely rare to find it in Taiwan. I was so curious to try it when I got to know it is available this year.
It was an well-processed tea. On first brewing, it gives a hint of unique flavour like freshly cooked taro/yam with creamy drinking sensation, while following brewing it gives floral notes like lilies, followed by sweet fruity flavour that reminded me of the Taiwan mango called Aiwen 愛文 and melons.

Price of Cui Feng Cha Special ( Shui Xian)

100g (Can) RM198

As usual, you will get one more set for free if you get 5 sets.

3. Tian Chi Li Shan Cha Special (特级 天池梨山茶 )

Tian Chi means Heavenly pond. It is referring to the tea section of Li Shan which is grown around a small pond called Tian Chi that is located at 2580m. The Tian Chi Li Shan Cha is from the garden around that pond. The altitude of the garden is at around 2500-2700m.

The Tian Chi Li Shan Cha Special is different from our standard line-up. We selected a particular batch that was made from a specific section of tea garden. The tea leaf gives an elegant citrus flavour. When I drunk it, I felt the flavour was much more complex. It gave a distinctive flavour that reminded me of tangerines, pineapples and fresh basils. Uniquely, it was also giving the flavour like Matsutake mushroom, the popular mushroom in Japan. I was very impressed by the flavour and made an immediate decision to purchase this particular batch of tea. Thanks to the extraordinarily high altitude of the tea garden, tea is very mellow, soft and thick; it coats the palate with lingering floral note.

Price of Tian Chi Li Shan Cha Special

50g (Bag) RM250
100g (Can) RM480

As usual, you will get one more set for free if you get 5 sets.

If you are interested to book these teas, please reply us by e-mail, Facebook message or contact our outlet at The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur ( 03-2287 4537). As usual, you will get one more set for free if you get 5 sets.

The price indicated is excluding the shipping fee. If you wish us to ship directly to your home address, the shipping fee will be added later.
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