Eco-Cha | Sustainable Oolong

About Ecocha

When a brand lives, breathes and operates its name! I love brands that focus on good quality tea and Eco-Cha source quality oolong. Even better when it's sourced sustainably! But by far the biggest thing I love about Eco-Cha is that they are part of 1% for the planet, pledging to giving 1% of annual sales to environmental non-profits. PS. I'm also an oolong fan girl, so when these oolong beauties arrived I just about exploded inside with excitement and love for the company!

Eco-Cha Tea Alishan High Mountain

Roasted Jin Xuan Oolong

Harvest: Spring 2016
Elevation: 1400m
Garden: Located in the Alishan growing region of Taiwan. These leaves are hand picked and entered into Taiwans world class competitions. The outcome? The garden consistently produces tea that is within the top 5% and has won first prize twice in the last 3 years!
Brew Guide: 95°c, 3 Minutes.
Tasting Notes: The aroma and flavour both emulate a deep dark toasted-ness. Its robust and crisp and extremely reminiscent of dry autumn leaves. The flavour has a sweet element, mildly detectable florals and a long deep finish of roasted notes. The tea is deep, perfect on a dark rainy day tucked inside a duvet. You know those days, where the clouds make the day extra dark and the rain doesn't stop even for a second? Those. This is what this tea should be paired with.

Eco-Cha Tea Roasted Jin Xuan Oolong

Eco-Cha Tea Roasted Jin Xuan Oolong

Tie Guan Yin Oolong

Harvest: April 2016
Elevation: 300m
Garden: The farmer of this small batch tea (20kg yeild), plants and processes the leaves at his home!
Brew Guide: 95°c, 3 Minutes.
Tasting Notes: Whoa! This oolong is super roasted. The aroma breathes it, the flavour screams it! It's so hearty and rich and warming! The juxtaposition of sweet and savoury is bewildering! The first hit is warm and smokey, moving into a grain-bread sort of flavour, then flips into a dried fruit sweetness. I'm more of a floral oolong gal myself, but the flavours in this were so deep and defined, it was easy to appreciate and enjoy them.

Tie Guan Yin Oolong Eco-Cha Tea

Tie Guan Yin Oolong Eco-Cha Tea

Alishan High Mountain

Harvest: Winter 2016
Elevation: 1500m
Garden: Batches of these leaves achieved gold and silver awards in the Meishan Farmers' Association competition!
Brew Guide: 95°c, 3 Minutes.
Tasting Notes: Alishan, is one of my favourite teas! It was one of the first quality oolongs I tried and the floral succulent flavours spoke to me. They relaxed, enticed and enthralled. I was obsessed! Years later, I'm still a fanatic for the tea. Anyone yet to try, is really missing out! I've tried some that have super strong floral notes, but this one has a softer flavour with a smooth, but more extreme vegetal character in the body. The finish then removes the vegetal and allows the floral to linger. Tasty!

Eco-Cha Tea Alishan High Mountain

Eco-Cha Tea Alishan High Mountain

Eco-Cha Tea Alishan High Mountain

Final Thoughts

In my move towards living a greener lifestyle, I have a growing appreciation for brands that try to be sustainable and earth friendly. Eco-Cha warmed my heart from the moment I found them doing their thing; responsibly sourcing small batch oolong. I am well and truly smitten.




Chelsea

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