Hu-Kwa tea is a uniquely crafted black tea from the island of
Formosa that is considered by many tea connoisseurs to be the
benchmark against which all 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 pine fires over which it is fired during the final
drying process. Distinctive for 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.
Mark T. Wendell’s Hu-Kwa teas have been a common fixture in
pantries and tea cupboards for generations.