MantraTeaTaiwan

Liquid Jade From Formosa

Taipei, Taiwan · 44 Sales

MantraTeaTaiwan

Liquid Jade From Formosa

Taipei, Taiwan 44 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   -- Summer Harvests are in for Ruby Black, Honey Black, and Oriental beauty --

We are offering premium teas from Taiwan. Taiwan is one of the few places that keep intact the ancient traditions of hand-made Oolong teas, and we work with 3rd and 4th generation farmers growing organic teas - hand-picked and traditionally processed. These teas are competition-grade, which means deep body, complex aromas, and subtle finish, much like a fine wine, but more stimulating. To learn the history of Taiwan's heritage tea farms, visit www.mantra-tea.com.tw

Announcement

-- Summer Harvests are in for Ruby Black, Honey Black, and Oriental beauty --

We are offering premium teas from Taiwan. Taiwan is one of the few places that keep intact the ancient traditions of hand-made Oolong teas, and we work with 3rd and 4th generation farmers growing organic teas - hand-picked and traditionally processed. These teas are competition-grade, which means deep body, complex aromas, and subtle finish, much like a fine wine, but more stimulating. To learn the history of Taiwan's heritage tea farms, visit www.mantra-tea.com.tw

Shu Hua Lin

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Camille de Kerorguen

Camille de Kerorguen on Feb 17, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Great taste and lovely packaging. I appreciated how descriptive and detailed each listing was — especially regarding the best way to brew each tea.

Megan Monaghan

Megan Monaghan on Dec 27, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Great packaging! It made a great Christmas gift and shipping was very quick. Communication was also great. Will be shipping here again :-).

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"This Is Not Tea!"

That's what my boyfriend's dad said, the first time he tried Maroon Oolong from Taiwan. I though that was so funny. He's a big grouchy guy and he lives in LA, and he tried for the first time Oolong, from My Homeland, where tea culture is centuries old, and he straight away declares: That's Not Tea! I don't know how my boyfriend put up with that, all those years growing up in the Valley...

This episode was a little bit funny, and of course he actually liked the tea. But it was also a bit sad to see what the tea bag has done to tea. Even now, when tea shops are popping up all over, the Western idea of tea is still far from where it ought to be. Tea shops still keep loose leaf in glass jars, where it will oxidize in just days. Then it either smells like nothing or like chemicals. Now... That's Not Tea!

In Taiwan - not to be too much of a snob about it - they grow a different kind of tea. We expect natural flavors and aromas. We expect a deep body and a smooth liquor. We would be shocked if tea smelled anything like Ikea potpourri.

And that's the story of Mantra Tea!

ps: it's another flaw in the Western conception, that tea should be taken boiling hot. Boiling hot water occludes much of the profile of a true tea. Drink it at 45-55c, if you want to know what all the fuss is about.

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Shop policies

Last updated on December 22, 2014
The most important thing to share is that brewing is not as simple as it looks. Real Chinese teas do no release their flavour in quite that simple automatic way we have come to expect. Read our brewing guide online at www.mantra-tea.com, take your time, and contact us directly if you want our ideas about how to best brew a particular variety.

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All shipments are sent registered mail with tracking code. Purchases are considered final when shipped. We cannot arrange a full refund once the tea has been delivered to the post office, or if the vacuum seal has been broken.
Shipping
Shipping is via Chunghua Post, the Taiwan National Postal Service. It is registered mail, with tracking code. Teas are shipped within 48 hours of order.

【NOTE】Please include your name, shipping address, and contact phone number.
Refunds and Exchanges
If your tea arrives damaged in any way, not including damage to the packaging, please photograph the damage and email us the photo. We will replace your selection, but please understand that we cannot refund your order once the vacuum seal has been broken.
Additional policies and FAQs
It is counter-intuitive to those of us raised in the West, but it is nonetheless true that real tea is enjoyed at only mildly hot temperatures, 45 to 55c. The teas we are selling are generally delicate and nuanced, and shouldn't be mixed with hard water or hot water. If you are in any doubt about the proper way to brew, try a cold-brew first. Just let the leaves steep for a day or two in the fridge, and when the color looks right, take a sip! You will probably be taken aback by the deep body and even sweetness.