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Stonegate Breakfast

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Candied plums, star fruit, dark chocolate

Black tea · high oxidation · medium roast

Stonegate Breakfast is grown in the hilly region of Shimen District (石門), right on the northern coast of Taiwan. It's also known as "A-li-bang black tea", a heritage name from the era of Japanese occupation. In the early 1900's, Japan made Taiwan its designated black tea producing region in an effort to capture western tea market while reducing competition for Japanese made green teas.

Stonegate Breakfast was made in the style the Chinese Keemun black tea, fragrant and full bodied tea with aroma of cocoa beans. During its heyday, this tea was exported globally to satisfy tea connoisseurs of England and Morocco. It even became a beloved tea choice for the Japanese emperor.

The Hsieh family was one of the largest tea production family in Shimen since the 1920's. The head of the family was famously awarded by the Japanese emperor for his exceptional tea making skills. 

Stonegate breakfast is regal, bold and present: the right way to start your mornings.

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Chinese Name: 石門阿里磅紅茶
Origin: Shimen District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Cultivar: Ying Zhi Hong Xin
Elevation: ~300 meters
Oxidation: 100%
Roast Level: Medium
Flavor Profile: Candied plums, star fruit, dark chocolate
Mouthfeel: Forward, tangy, medium-full bodied

The Cultivar

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The cultivar of Stonegate Breakfast is called Ying Zhi Hong Xin (硬枝紅心), one of the four main tea cultivars used in Taiwan during the 20th century.

Brewing Instructions

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These instructions are for reference only, a starting point for brewing this tea. Trust your palate and feel free to experiment.

Quantity of Tea: 6 grams
Quantity of Water: 237 ml / 8 oz
Water Temperature: 212°F / 100°C
Steep Time: ~ 1 - 2 minutes
For more information on how to brew tea check out our brewing guides

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