We have released a black tea trial set that contains 7 types of naturally-grown (fertilizer-free and pesticide-free) black tea.
All the black teas in this set are pesticide-free, so you can enjoy it comfortably.
Select only pesticide-free black tea
The teas selected for this trial set are all naturally-grown teas.
The reason for choosing natural cultivation is, of course, the safety of being pesticide-free. But that is not all about it. With natural farming method, it means not giving organic fertilizer to the tea tree too. Without giving nitrogen fertilizer, the tea grows slowly over time, resulting in denser cells, and as a result, tea accumulates more substances and natural minerals. Tea will gives a clean taste with much deeper aftertaste.
China black tea is an unknown gem
You might think of black tea as Ceylon tea, more people take it as so-called English Breakfast Tea, or may be Earl Grey. In short, people often thought that black tea is from the west.
In fact, the birthplace of black tea is China, and it is also China that has outstandingly high quality black tea. You can't talk about black tea without drinking high quality Chinese tea. However, sometimes China might have an image of counterfeits, and may be the concern about food safety. In fact, China is a country with a mixture of intensely good quality and poor quality. You might be surprised, when it comes to top-class tea in China, you can see many pesticide-free and fertilizer-free teas. This is because producers know that the quality will be improved by eliminating fertilizer. Also, by not giving fertilizer, insects will not grow, and as a result, pesticides are not necessary at all. It is a well-balanced ecology. Since pesticides are an expense for producers, no one dare to use pesticides unless the tea trees are damaged by pests. In order to meet real good quality, it is necessary to have an objective measure of quality, and knowledge and experience of what factors the quality is related to. At HOJO, we purchase tea directly from the producer who owns the tea plantation, and processes the teas till the last stage of packing, and we import it directly from the first-hand producer; we manage everything in-house. By dealing directly with producer without going through any intermediaries, we accurately grasp and manage the condition of the teas.
When talk about black tea, people may associate it with the common milk tea served in food store. Very seldom people has a chance to taste the fine black tea from the Himalayan. At high altitude of Himalayan (1500m and above), there are tea gardens in Nepal and Darjeeling that produces black tea that gives refreshing floral note. The taste is like quality white tea or refreshing Taiwan high mountain oolong tea.
Seven types of tea, each tea is 10g per pack
Below are the list of tea for the trial set. There are seven types of tea, 10g each pack.
1. Formosa Black Tea
2. Wild Black Tea
3. High Mountain Purple Black Tea
4. Tong Mu Shui Xian Black Tea
5. Nepal Autumnal Blossom - Jun Chiyabari Estate
6. Darjeeling 1st Flush - Arya Ruby
7. Darjeeling 1st Flush - Gopaldhara China Special
Formosa Black Tea
It is a representative tea of Taiwan. It is made from a variety called Ruby Black Tea No. 18, and is produced around a lake called the Sun- Moon Lake in Nantou County, Taiwan. From the name of the variety and the name of the place of origin, it is sometimes called Ruby Black Tea No. 18 or Sun Moon Lake Black Tea. This tea has a menthol scent with a sugar-malt sweet aroma reminiscent of Uva, the famous Ceylon tea.
High Mountain Purple Black Tea
At the high altitude of about 2000m in Lincang of Yunnan, there is a rare tea called purple tea. This tea has a characteristic scent like the leaves of shiso, so it is very popular as a raw material for pu-erh tea too. HOJO custom-processed purple tea into black tea. This High Mountain Purple Black tea has a hint of shiso, and a sweet flavor like sweet potatoes and with caramel-like and chocolaty note. It has a bold and full-bodied drinking sensation, which goes well with milk.
Wild Black Tea
A rare black tea made from Camellia taliensis, which is a wild tea found in the mountains of Lincang, Yunnan, China. As the name suggests, wild tea is not grown by human, and it is not produced in tea gardens. Wild tea grows naturally in the mountains. It has a strong taste like wild plants and a complex aroma like grapes, herbs, young tree bark and dried fruits. The taste is very rich with a clear drinking sensation, and it is a tea with a deep aftertaste.
Tong Mu Shui Xian Black Tea
This tea is made from Shui Xian cultivar following the process of traditional Lapsang Souchong 正山小種. Yet, we do not call it Lapsang Souchong. Because the standard of Lapsang Souchong is to use local tea in Tong Mu. The name of Souchong is originally referring to the local seed-grown tea in Tong Mu Guan.
This tea is from Tong Mu Guan in Wu Yi shan, Fujian Province, China. The tea garden is located at 1000m above sea level, and the tea garden is totally sustainable, the tea trees are grown without pesticide and fertilizer.
Tea gives an up-lifting sweet floral note with smooth drinking sensation that lingers on palate for a long time. It has no astringency or bitterness. It has a soft taste that can be served straight as a daily drinking tea during any time of a day. Without adding sugar or milk, tea has a natural sweetness lingers on palate.
Nepal Black Tea - Autumn Blossom
Autumn Blossom is a black tea made in high mountain of Nepal in Autumn 2020. As the name suggests, it has a very gorgeous scent reminiscent of flowers bloom.
In addition to the floral scent, this black tea has a refreshing top note like citrus and grapes.
Tea is produced from Jun Chiyabari tea garden, which is located at 2000m high mountain in Nepal, and it is a natural farming garden; this is clearly reflected in the strong aftertaste and long-lasting finishing of tea.
This is an interesting tea procured from Nepal, behind Darjeeling across the Himalayas.
Darjeeling 1st Flush - Gopaldhara China Special
Darjeeling First Flush is a lightly fermented black tea. It is harvested in early spring. We are particularly selecting the tea with a bright flavor and reasonable aftertaste.This first flush tea is from Gopaldhara tea garden. It has a multi-layers of floral note with a hint of honey-like finishing.
When brew, the color of tea leaf is yellowish green color, with a honey-yellow liquor. It's a refreshing cup of tea to start a day or to rejuvenate our body during anytime in a day. It's a tea to enjoy without milk or sugar. It has a lingering sweetish taste on palate.
Darjeeling 1st Flush - Arya Ruby
Tea is made from the tea garden located at 1500m.
Ruby particularly consists of a lot of young tea buds. So, it has a soft and creamy drinking sensation. The interesting thing about Ruby is this tea is fermented relatively well despite the 1st Flush.
With a longer period of fermentation, Ruby is a little more well-fermented 1st Flush that gives a sweet fruity flavor and refreshing floral scent, with bold drinking sensation and deep aftertaste, and no astringent or bitter taste. It is suitable to drink it anytime in a day.