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Essentials for Selecting Good Teas

 We created an acronym that makes choosing teas easy to remember: HALOS

This term is used to recall the essential elements in tea quality. Gathering information helps grow your tea knowledge, enhances the tea tasting experience and encourages transparency in the tea industry. 


Harvest - The year and season of harvest affects flavor, texture, aroma and aftertaste. Freshly picked and aged teas are completely different experiences. Each season brings forth its unique characteristics.

Altitude - High elevation temperature differences produce more complex taste with less insects. Our teas are grown at 2625 - 3281 ft. Slow growth, better flavor.

Leaf - The type of leaves picked and processing method affect caffeine levels and taste. These factors change as the leaf matures. Skillful processing highlights the tea's uniqueness.

Origin - The terroir affects overall flavor, texture, aroma and aftertaste, similar to wine. Fujian, China is the origin of oolong tea.

Species - Plant species or cultivar determines how the tea will taste. Two species of Camellia Sinensis we grow are Ruanzhi (Dong Ding, Gui Fei) and Jin Xuan (Milk Oolong)