Sun Moon Lake Red

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Sun Moon Lake Red Tea (日月潭紅茶 Rìyuètán hóngchá) This unique red tea is made from Shan Cha 山茶, the wild tea trees native to Taiwan. Harvested from the environs of Sun Moon Lake, a large, high altitude lake that is sacred to the indigenous Thao people of Taiwan. This tea possesses a quality that we’ve never encountered in another tea – a distinctive note of wintergreen, set amongst complex floral and cacao highlights. We first tried this tea in 2018 and are excited to have it in stock again.

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I recently had a strong craving for some new Sun Moon Lake tea and I actually picked some up from a couple vendors, but this is the first I’ve steeped of those more recent tea orders and it REALLY hit the spot yesterday!! From the moment the water hit the tea leaves it was just so sweet and aromatic!! It was a lovely session filled with syrupy flavours of malty baked bread, fermented red fruits, chocolate ganache, thick golden honey and the trademark wintergreen finishing note that I think is realllllyyyy what I was seeking out way deep down when I placed this order!

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Interesting! I wonder how it compares to my #1 favorite tea, “Brandy Oolong”, also a red from Sun Moon Lake area gardens, and sold by TeaLyra (dot com).


Was the wintergreen as strong as is found in Ceylon Uva Highlands? I bought some of that from Harney and found the flavour to be off-putting. I never got that mintiness from the Brandy Oolong I mentioned above, so your SML red may be totally different. Glad it was to your liking tho’! The description of your SML red sounds as if it may be one of the native Taiwanese varieties, with which I’ve got little if any experience.

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