It's not uncommon to see puerh stuffed into citrus to age. In fact, it's a practice that's been around for a long time. However, it can be hard to find a good quality ripe puerh, and even harder to find one that retains the citrus scent even after aging.
We were very happy to find these tiny oranges. Not only are they the perfect 10g size to fit in a teapot, they're stuffed with an exceptional puerh. In 2017 the tea was plucked on Ai Lao Mountain by the same farmer who makes our Wild Forest Tips. The leaves are all a uniform size and very tippy. After fermenting, the tea was allowed to age for 2 years, allowing it to rest, develop its flavor and settle after cooking. In early spring, 2019 the tiny oranges were picked in Xinhui, Guangdong, an incredibly fertile area that sits where the river meets the sea. After being stuffed the puerh is allowed to sit in the sun for 3 days, further bringing out the citrus oil before being baked and wrapped
The result of the process is a wonderful union of rich, bold and earthy puerh, highlighted by bright citrus flavor. The liquor is very clean, and doesn't steep murky. While the citrus has maintained it's flavor throughout the aging process, it doesn't overpower the tea, thus allowing both flavor profiles to intermingle seamlessly.
One of our most popular teas! The leaves of the Black Honey Oolong are gorgeous, curled, first-flush tips from the Luye township in Southern Taiwan. The aroma of the dry leaves is so sweet and intoxicating, but nothing compared to the steeped honey-like fragrance and flavor. This tea is grown on a single organic farm run by a woman and her son. The region is home to a type of bug called the leaf hopper, which bites the tea plants and sucks the nectar from the leaves, causing the fermentation process to begin while the leaves are still on the plants. When these leaves are plucked and oxidized, the result is a naturally honey-like sweetness within the leaf. Several other growing regions try to replicate this process, but this is where is occurs naturally.
Harvest: Spring 2020
Origin: Luye, Taiwan
British diplomat and statesman Charles, Second Earl of Grey, is said to have received the original recipe for this scented tea in China in the Nineteenth Century. Despite its worldwide popularity, no one can say for certain what was in the original formula, or who the source was of this spectacular combination of black tea with oil of bergamot orange. We do know that the best ingredients produce the best blends. Blue Willow uses only fresh oil of bergamot, derived from the Mediterranean bergamot plant, a variety of citrus. We blend premium Chinese and Indian black teas, applying just the right amount of bergamot oil. Our method creates a perfect balance of the robust citrus aroma of the Mediterranean orange and the warm, oaky, fruity flavors of the tea leaves themselves. Blue Willow’s Earl Grey blend is accented with the addition of blue cornflowers and orange peels, which liven up the appearance of the tea and add an extra floral hint to the flavor. Taken black, with a twist of lemon, or with milk and sugar, Earl Grey has won the favor of many tea drinkers and provides an excellent cup at breakfast, teatime or with dessert.
Pure Ceylon tea is blended with Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans to create this aromatic blend. The sweet smell of vanilla beckons and the bold black leaves create an astringency that is accented by the natural sugars. This tea delivers a brisk pick-up throughout the day with an alluring accent. Especially great iced with fresh lemon. While there is no bourbon whisky in this blend, it makes a great base for a hot toddy!
A Blue Willow specialty, World Peace is a caffeine-free herbal blend that surprises with its subtle, soothing flavors. Breathe freely and cultivate inward peace with the help of this blend of all organic herbs and spices. The freshness of peppermint is complimented by the soothing sweetness of licorice root and accented by the spice of cloves. World Peace is an excellent treat anytime, but is especially comforting to those suffering from colds, flu or allergies. The scent penetrates and opens the lungs. Sipping World Peace coats the throat with soothing herbs and comforts the stomach. For an added perk and immune-boost, add fresh, finely-sliced ginger.