hei cha

Dark Tea in the U.S.

by Jason Walker on November 2, 2014

in Chinese, Member Content

The August 2014 edition of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal included my article on the rise of sales of dark teas in the U.S. I talked with Bill Waddington of TeaSource, and Kevin Gascoyne of Camillia Sinensis Teahouse. Both companies see the potential of dark teas. Dark teas have a tradition of being considered a […]


Pu’er Bubble And Alternatives

by Jason Walker on May 12, 2014

in Chinese, Japanese, Member Content

Reports are coming in that mao cha prices for pu’er are drastically higher than last year – some reports revealing prices 5 to 10 times greater for the ingredient leaf. If this is the beginning of another pu’er bubble, what are the alternatives? How long will the bubble last?

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Tea Review 415: Camellia Sinensis’ Liu Bao 2008

by Jason Walker on April 13, 2012

in 90-91, Chinese

. Comment: soft, gentle, and faintly sweet character could make this an ideal first foray into dark tea (hei cha). . Origin:¬†Guangxi Province, China Harvest: 2008 Score: 90 Price (as of post): 25 g = $5.00 . Sample provided by Camellia Sinensis. Compare teas with others on the Scoresheet. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog […]


. “Red” tea. “Black” tea. “Dark” tea. “Pu’er.” Many names, and not all the same. The terms get tossed around without much thought to the larger tea context. I have seen “red tea” used to label rooibos, but that fails to consider the older Chinese usage. “Black tea” is familiar in English, but that can […]