• Reviews

    The Jade Leaf Shan Cha Summer 2016

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: dark, long and twisted Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark reddish amber Taiwanese black teas have become something of an obsession for me over the last few months. They were always something I enjoyed but for some reason, they just seem to hit that sweet spot. I really enjoyed the Red Jade #18 from this company so that set the stage for high hopes for their Shan Cha. The Jade Leaf’s website explains that it was made exclusively from Taiwan’s indigenous tea variety. They went on to explain that this variety has been crossed to produce hybrids such as…


  • Reviews

    The Jade Leaf Red Jade #18 Black Tea Summer 2015

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: long, dark and spindly Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 degrees Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep reddish brown Taiwanese black teas are among some of my favorites and Ruby 18 in particular in one of my favorite varieties. It’s hard to put my finger on it but they always seem to hit the spot. They’re smooth yet complex and the leaves stand up well to just about any brewing method. Whether you want to gongfu, go grandpa style, or cold brew some iced tea it’s guaranteed to be delicious. This one from The Jade Leaf was robust but offered surprisingly fruity notes. Imagine plump…

  • Reviews

    The Jade Leaf Caramel Oolong Spring 2015

    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolled Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold This intriguingly named oolong hails fro Yu Shan, the highest mountain in Taiwan. I tend to favor more heavily oxidized teas but the expert roasting made it very well balanced in the cup. The taste was sweet with notes of brown sugar and a lingering floral aftertaste. A pleasant toasty quality stayed in the background throughout my many infusions. There was no bitterness or astringency to speak of. The leaves were quite beautiful to look at once they unfurled. They were mostly whole and I spotted…

  • Interviews

    Podcast Episode 19: Interview with Emilio Delpozo of The Jade Leaf

    I’ve been a fan of The Jade Leaf for some time. Not only do they have a reputation for having some really incredible teas but the man behind the leaf is also well known for the beautiful teaware that he creates. I’m a sucker for those teapots with the wooden side handles! The differences in time zones always amuse me when I’m interviewing tea folks in other countries. Emilio is based in Taipei so we filmed at 11am EST (11pm Taiwan time). Keep an eye out for reviews of The Jade Leaf’s teas here on the blog soon. You can find out more about The Jade Leaf at http://thejadeleaf.com/. I’m so proud of…