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HU-KWA Tea 1 lb. Refill Bag

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HU-KWA Tea 1 lb. Refill Bag

$23.50

Overview of HU-KWA Tea 1 lb. Refill Bag

We have had the pleasure of supplying discriminating tea drinkers with this delicately smoked Lapsang Souchong tea for over a century. This long leaf tea from the island of Formosa has long been a tea connoisseur’s favorite. HU-KWA is a uniquely smoky and inviting tea that is not to be missed!

Houqua was a famous Hong Merchant from Canton, China, who became a symbol of integrity and quality trade between America and the Orient in the 19th century. Mark T. Wendell’s uncle, Richard Devens, traded goods with Houqua during this era and, years later, named his signature tea after him out of respect for his cultural significance. Almost 110 years later, our trademark tea is still our most popular offering!

Proper Brewing: In order to enjoy the unique flavor of HU-KWA we recommend allowing the tea to draw for five and one-half minutes. Stir, and let the tea settle for about one-half minute. Then decant. HU-KWA Tea is best appreciated when drunk clear. Milk or too much sugar compromises its delicate flavor. A little cream goes well but sugar should be used sparingly.

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Betteann S
2013-01-01

This is the tea I never allow myself to run out of. I just love to open the tin and inhale. I keep Hu-Kwa at home, at the office and in my baggie of travel essentials.

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Dan Harper
2012-07-11

An excellent Lapsang Souchong. I've been drinking Hu Kwa for decades, and it has been a consistently good Lapsang Souchong. Instead of using inferior tea and letting the smoky flavor and aroma dominate, Hu Kwa tea leaves are of good quality, with the result that the smokiness supplements (rather than hides) the taste of the tea.

When you pour a cup of Hu Kwa, your first impression will be the smoky aroma, but sniff again and you'll smell the underlying clear scent of the tea. When you taste the tea, the smokiness is much less pronounced, as the clean, medium-bodied flavor of the tea comes through. I prefer to drink Hu Kwa without anything else in it, though a little bit of sugar can bring out the flavor.

I mostly think of Hu Kwa as a very satisfying tea to drink in the autumn, or on those cold winter days. However, I have also made iced Hu Kwa in the summer -- drinking it iced makes a nice change from the more common iced teas.

It's tempting to be careless when brewing strong-flavored teas, but I have found that Hu Kwa actually requires a little extra care to get the best flavor. You *must* use good-tasting water -- the strong flavor of the tea seems to magnify the taste of poor water, not hide it -- filter the water if you have any doubts. The water has to come to a *full* rolling boil (no cheating here!), and you have to steep it for a bit over five minutes. Please don't judge the taste of Hu Kwa until you have made it properly, and with care!

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sukey forbes
2012-06-10

This is the best Lapsang available on the market in my opinion. I have tried many of them both loose and bagged. It has a deep smoky aroma and makes an attractive and delicious cup of tea time after time. I go through a large bag each month and only purchase from Mark T Wendell. Their shipping is prompt and the product is always fresh. This is an easy 5 cup review.

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HU-KWA Tea 1 lb. Refill Bag

HU-KWA Tea 1 lb. Refill Bag

We have had the pleasure of supplying discriminating tea drinkers with this delicately smoked Lapsang Souchong tea for over a century. This long leaf tea from the island of Formosa has long been a tea connoisseur’s favorite. HU-KWA is a uniquely smoky and inviting tea that is not to be missed!

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