Why are some teas more popular than others? An impossible question. What teas do customers and readers of Cloud Nine Teas like best? That question, we can answer. To give you a good heads-up on what’s popular, here are Cloud Nine Teas’ top-selling teas at this year’s Sydney Tea Festival.
It’s no great surprise that our Genmaicha tops the list at festivals in Melbourne and Sydney. It’s super likeable, quick to brew..and that colour!
Five years ago, genmaicha is what first got me into green teas. Up until that point I hadn’t tried a green tea that I really enjoyed. This matcha-coated genmaicha was the game-changer, the tea that changed my perception of how enjoyable green tea could be.
It’s a delicious combination of sweetness and astringency with a unique toasty aroma and peridot-green colour.
Next up, our second most popular tea takes us to the mountains of central Taiwan…
This is such a refreshing tea, and versatile too. It is perfect brewed hot or cold. You can try a slow brew in the fridge on a warm day
The JX is our one of top-selling teas, and with good reason.
This is a lightly-roasted oolong with a lovely milkiness on the nose. There’s no milk in it, of course. The milky aroma is the happy result of experimentation with hybrid varietals on Taiwan’s tea farms in the 1980s. No additives, just the cross-breeding of existing cultivars. The ‘milky’ or creamy Jinxuan style has turned out to be one of the most popular oolongs in Taiwan, and we love it too.
Oolong is well-known for its various health benefits, and in Japan oolong it’s sometimes called ‘beauty tea’ for its ability to naturally improve the skin and assist in maintaining a healthy weight. Speaking of Japan…
The Unkaku, from Japan’s Uji valley, strikes the right balance between premium quality and affordability
Consistently rated the best-tasting matcha at festivals and tasting events. From the vibrant colour of the powder (a result of shade-growing the leaves for the last 3 weeks before harvest), to its subtly sweet flavour, creamy texture and its ability to help you focus and remain calm, this matcha is hard to beat.
Sure, there are plenty of cheaper powdered green teas available, but ultimately you get what you pay for. There are also some matchas on the market that come with a much higher price tag. The Unkaku is a treat, and it’s one you can have every day. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll make myself one right after this!