This oolong is Today’s Blessing.
It’s the 4th tea I’ve tried today and the first I’ve liked. I was starting to despair that my taste buds were dead. But no — this tea is a lifesaver!
It’s a yummy oolong (my new favorite jam) with a sweet honey/nectar tang. It tastes like the spring. This distinct flavor is from the leafhoppers interacting with the tea leaves.
Let me save you a Google, friends.
A leafhopper is a little vegetarian insect that is super-into sap and sweetness. When they bounce around from local nectars onto the tea leaves, they spread that sweetness around. Into your tea.
If you think about this a whole lot, it might seem kind of unusual. But consider Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world. It’s processed from, well, civet feces. Feel free to check out the Wikipedia page on this.
So the leafhopper thing suddenly became 100% better, right?
I have decided I’m on board with leafhoppers. They’re my newest animal kingdom friends.
Way to go, guys. You’re cute, and you come in a bunch of colors. And the tea is tasty.
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Oolong
Where to Buy: Golden Tea Leaf
Honey Red Jade Tea is a unique fermented black tea from the pristine hills of Taiwan. Hand-picked and processed, Honey Red Jade Tea is grown naturally to encourage the tea leafhoppers to feed on the tea leaves, producing a natural honey fragrance when the enzymes from the leafhopper interact with the tea plants. This tea brews to a dark caramel color with a sweet fragrance and refreshing taste.
Honey Red Jade tea is irresistible when it is hot. It is even better when it is cooled. The unique sweet floral and honey fragrance becomes more pronounced, with a slight hint of citrus. This is a tea you can leave in your cup or tumbler and not worry about over steeping or drinking it cold. Over-steeping and bitterness is not a problem with this tea.