Whether you are a novice with tea or a well-seasoned tea lover, we invite you to our tea bar to enjoy the aromas and sounds of tea pouring, and mingle over your tea experiences with other tea lovers. And, of course, to taste tea!
I remember how I inadvertently met the Yeh family during my visit to Taiwan. Searching for teas wasn’t the intention of the trip, but the family's devotion & innovation with tea resulted in a lasting connection with Teance. In the tea making process, Mr. Yeh asks how he can keep the balance of traditional tea craft skills while adding his creativity. We get the chance to experience his creativity by tasting his special teas and learning the stories behind the tea.
Hot Fire Fir 火騷杉 (Huǒ sāo shān)
Traditional/ancient style charcoal roasted. Slow roasted with 3 times in and out of the roaster.
Huo Shao Shan火騷杉 is a delicate Qingxin oolong grown in the Shan Lin Xi tea area. In order to reflect its soft, firm and resilient oolong character, they roast it slowly, using the most traditional Taiwanese tea-making craft and the oldest warm energy "charcoal fire.” With the penetration of charcoal ash far-infrared rays and a quenching of three times in and out of the roaster, the elegant and full aroma of “Hot Fire Fir" is refined in the way of slow fire. The taste of the tea liquid is completely transparent and sweet.
Shan Lin Iron Charm 杉林觀韻 (Shānlín guān yùn)
This tea involves the first trick that father (Datoumu大頭木) taught son (Xiaotoumu小頭木) to hand-knead the tea wrapped in cloth. This technique is between father and son in the family. Some things are only understood by the father and son, and some teas can only be completed between them to have a particular tea gesture, or offering.
Shan Lin Xi Qingxin oolong is combined with the traditional Tieguanyin tea-making process using low heat roasting and hand-kneading the tea wrapped in cloth. With this processing, the delicate and smooth taste of oolong tea is preserved and combined with Tieguanyin's thick and restrained tea liquid, creating a tea that has a smooth iron thickness.
The third tea will be the group’s pick! We’ll get to choose another roasted oolong to taste and compare alongside these two special Shan Lin Xi oolongs.