• Reviews

    Xin Mu Cha Vivid Retention 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: deep gold Some of you might remember my review of Xi Mu Cha’s Nonpareil Lalashan Oolong. Both teas are from the same region and were made with the same cultivar. I think I might have to declare Vivid Retention my favorite. First of all, isn’t that a completely epic name for a tea? You won’t just remember it, you’ll retain the memory vividly! The dry leaves had an intriguingly strong smell that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I immediately thought to myself, “This is going to be…


  • Reviews

    Xin Mu Cha Nonpareil Taiwan LaLaShan Oolong Tea

    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: pale gold This is the first tea that I’ve had from LaLa Shan in Taiwan. Doesn’t it sound like the name for a magical tea wonderland? The owner of the company showed me photographs of the farm where this tea is produced and the mountain views were absolutely breathtaking. Needless to say, LaLa Shan has now been added to the tea travel bucket list. Xin Mu Cha’s website explains that the region is similar to Ali Shan and Li Shan but the weather is generally a bit…