Tea Selection: Tangerine Blossom Red Tea
Name: Shang Tea
Location: Retail: Kansas City, MO.
Tea Company Comments taken from their webpage:
Owner Zehua Shang, a native of China, founded Shang Tea in 2005. Having grown up in China, Shang has an appreciation and knowledge for fine teas as well as for the rich history of tea that dates back thousands of years. After moving to the United States in 2000, he saw the opportunity to share part of his culture that has been benefiting the health of his people for centuries.
All our teas are High Mountain grown in the Fujian Mountains, which are renowned for having the perfect climate, soil & water. What makes these loose leaf teas truly superior in flavor and quality is the beautiful climate in which the tea plants are grown. Cultivated at high altitude on the mountains, the tea plants flourish under the ideal climatic conditions. Far removed from the metropolitan areas. To get to these tea fields, we have to always walk hours on small paths.
My first experience with Shang Tea was at the 2016 Midwest Tea Festival, I contacted them after being able to see and sample a few of their teas. I was interested in more and once home checked out their website and their amazing story of creation and teas.
There is something simply amazing about straight brewed tea, no added flavors, berries or fruits, just the tea. From one tea to the next it’s amazing say how a white tea can have so many different flavors because of where it was grown, how it was harvest and then prepared. It’s the magic of tea and part of the magic that Shang Tea shares with us.
Read more about Shang Teas on their website: Shang Tea.
These are common instructions for brewing teas, however if the company suggests other brewing I will include it in the review section.
Time and Temperature Guide:
Tea Temperature Minutes
Black 95°C / 205°F 3 – 5
Oolong/White 85°C / 185°F 3 – 4
Green/Yellow 80°C / 176°F 2 – 3
Herbal/Tisanes. 100°C / 212°F 5 – 15
** As always stated by My Tea Vault, we think you should enjoy tea the way you like it, I like mine very strong with no sweetener, these are just guidelines and I suggest you use the guideline then adjust for your own tastes.
Organic White Tea leaves
COSTS: $18.00 / 2 ounces
Price may vary according to the amount purchased.
Prior to brew: Floral Scent with slight scents of greenery similar to fresh spring leaves.
Brewed: This tea is the shade of mild amber liquor
Scent: The mild scent of the white tea mixed with the citrus yet floral scent of the tangerine leaves.
Flavor: This is a medium bodied tea with a slightly bitter/nutty flavor mixed with a soft citrus presence.
Sentiments: Splendid tea with a surprising nutty earthy cirtus flavor that really goes down smooth.
My Tea Vault score values of 1-10 (10 being the best): “6”.
Till next sip…