Hu-Kwa, Our Signature Tea

Hu-Kwa, Our Signature Tea

One of Mr. Wendell’s first teas, Hu-Kwa is a uniquely crafted black tea from the island of Formosa and is considered by many tea connoisseurs to be the benchmark against which all other Lapsang Souchong style teas are measured. Offered by the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company for over a century, Hu-Kwa tea gains its distinctive flavor and smoky tang from the burning pine wood over which it is fired during the final drying process of the tea leaf. Distinctive with its smoky flavor and aroma, the dry leaves have an almost amber-brown coloration. When brewed, Hu-Kwa tea produces a deep red liquor and a surprisingly mellow cup. Since this tea is cultivated in varying terroir from the smoky Lapsang Souchong teas commonly produced in mainland China, it has a taste and character all its own.

Recently, our Hu-Kwa Tea placed third overall in the Lapsang Souchong category at the 2017 Global Tea Championship! In each event, judges cup hundreds of teas blindly and score the teas based on the analyses of dry leaf, liquor color, aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel, as well as overall harmony.

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