Hu-Kwa Tea

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Brand:Mark T. Wendell
Style:Lapsang Souchong
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Taiwan / Formosa
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Hu-Kwa Tea

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 5, 2018

Commercial Description

...long leaf tea from the island of Formosa...distinctive flavor and smoky tang from the pine fires over which it is dried. Distinctive with its smoky flavor and aroma, it produces a deep red liquor and mellow cup when brewed...

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Reviewer pic95 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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I call Lapsang Souchong "campfire tea" and I love its smokey aroma. Sometimes smoke is all you taste, but not with this tea -- it has a lovely flavour behind the smoke. I don't usually buy tea on-line but this was worth the trouble.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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Full disclosure: I'm not really qualified to review teas, but...
I switched from coffee to tea a while back. I graduated to loose leaf not long ago. The only loose tea I could find was Twinings English Breakfast, which I enjoyed. Cruising the internet looking for a new teapot I came across Mark T. Wendell, which was an eye opener. So I ordered a couple of teas, one of which was Hu-Kwa.

It's certainly different! A dark leaf and very smokey aroma, not like the Lipton, Twinings and Bigelow I was used to. I brewed according to the website directions, 5 minutes. It has a very clear medium red color. The taste was very smokey. It took a bit of getting used to, but the main impression I got was that under all the smoke was a very high quality tea. It doesn't seem to be a high caffeine tea.

Not exactly sure that this is my cup of tea, but I'm looking forward to drinking more of this.
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Reviewer pic100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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lthough Mark T Wendell carries a considerable number of teas, Hu-Kwa is their signature tea. It is said to be "the finest obtainable Lapsang Souchong ... from Taiwan." And it is the finest.
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Reviewer pic100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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The "Ne plus ultra" of Lapsang Souchongs. The high bar for all others. It is superb. Yes, it is smokey - that's what a LS is, but this has a sweet note to the aroma and that carries through into the tea, which is rich and smooth and mellow. It also keeps well. I have some I have had for 4 years and it is still wonderful. I buy some new every year, but I compare them and the 4 yr. old is holding its own. If you are going to do LS, do this one, otherwise, buy all the LS samples from Upton's and try them.
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