Mark T. Wendell Tea Company | Tea Reviews

By: It's All About The Leaf  09-12-2011
Keywords: Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea


Hu Kwa is purported to be the top-notch Lapsang Souchong from Taiwan. Steeping one cup at a time, I use one teaspoon of leaves per cup, and I steep the tea for five and a half minutes in just-boiled water, as per Mark T. Wendell Tea Company’s website. The dry leaves have a very strong smokiness to them…

At a venerable 104 years old, Mark T. Wendell Company has perfected the art and science of selecting and purveying fine estate-grown teas. This variety, according to the website, was a favorite of the founder himself. This is a great tea, but if you’re proficient enough to recognize…

In the interest of full disclosure, I didn’t mean to select this tea. I saw the Mark T. Wendell name (which generally means really good stuff) and didn’t link the name “Hu-Kwa” to lapsang souchong–which it is. My first experience with pure lapsang souchong…

I like big chunky tea leaves and the Mark T. Wendell Formosa Keemun fits the bill. A fully oxidized black tea from Formosa (aka Taiwan) is unusual as Formosa typically produces the famously large-leaf fragrant oolong, a green tea. Taiwan is known for its superb tea industry and its workers handle tea with care and appreciation. Mark Wendell referred to this tea as…

One of the famous signature teas from the Mark Wendell Tea Company since 1904 has been the Hu-Kwa Lapsang Souchong. This black large leaf tea from Formosa (Taiwan) is distinctly smoky, taking flavours from the smoke of pine fires used in the tea processing. The history

In 1875, a failed civil servant traveled from his home in Anhui Province, China to Fujian Province. The goal was to learn the secrets to black tea production. While Fujian was mainly known for its white teas and oolongs, the region also had Golden Monkey to brag about…

My first experience with lapsang souchong was pretty disastrous—reminiscent of sucking pork rinds—so when I first opened this tea packet and the first whiff that hit my nose was souchong-like “smoke,” I was very apprehensive…

Well, these pearls certainly are downy…I felt one of the little balls of tea and it was soft and fuzzy. The jasmine smell is sharp and sweet in the dry leaf, and makes me wonder if the taste will be the same.

I used approximately two teaspoons of pearls, in two cups of water, for three minutes (give or take ten seconds, as I initially forgot to start …

love oolong, and I love finery, especially in the tea world. So when the chance to try this tea came up…an oolong, mind you, that is supposed to be one of the finest available, and available only in limited quantities, I jumped at the opportunity…

Category: Oolong Tea Company: Mark T. Wendall Tea Company (website) Ingredients: Oolong Tea Vendor Suggested Preparation: 90deg C, steep for 4 minutes The shape of these rolled oolong leaves was reminiscent of an Alishan oolong I once had – small, compacted clumps of leaf. They carry quite a vegetal smell, almost more like a green [..]

There are toys you can get – the “amazing expanding dinosaur” or “mermaid that really grows” – compressed sponges that once soaked in water grow something like 400%. This tea is just like these toys. Put in two teaspoons of tea, get an entire cup of giant…

I’ve said in the past I have enjoyed Mark T. Wendell’s H-Kwa and have found that to be one of the best smoky teas out there!  Well, this one is like Hu-Kwa’s younger, prettier sister!  It’s a great pick-me-up and has an oh-so-slightly smoky flavor. If you are scared…

Category: Green Tea Company: Mark T. Wendall Tea Company (website) Ingredients: Green Tea Vendor Suggested Preparation: not speficied Opening the package, the dry leaves smell grassy and have a perky sweetness about them that I’m eager to try (too much time spent drinking roasted and musty green teas has drawn me from teas like this). [..]

I prepared this tea in an almost reverential mood because the reputation of Mark T. Wendell teas is excellent.  And I was not disappointed.   Their River Mist Green tea is a great delicacy.  According to the Wendell web site, this tea is an “unusual Chinese green [which]  has abundant silver…

have had this tea for a few weeks but wanted to wait for the perfect occasion to try it.  Mark T. Wendell has a reputation for exquisite teas and seems to import only the very best.  In business for over a hundred years, it wins customer loyalty by superb…

The dry leaves are black, small and wiry. The smell of the dry leaves…smoke. This is my first experience with a smoky tea. The smell from the bag reminds me of cigars….

I have had this tea for a few weeks but wanted to wait for the perfect occasion to try it.  Mark T. Wendell has a reputation for exquisite teas and seems to import only the very best.  In business for over a hundred years, it wins customer loyalty…

I love the smell of jasmine, and a good jasmine tea can be an absolutely wonderful thing. The aromatic quality of a good jasmine takes the normal scent profile of tea and ramps it up to an amazing place. Additionally, I really like pearl-style teas. Watching them slowly…

Having settled into a mood for tea tasting on an overcast summer day in my garden, I examined the dry leaf of the Mark T. Wendell Dragonwell Green Tea. Do others see the emerald green and blue colours in the flat dry Dragonwell leaf? After plucking and withering, these tea leaves are pressed and pan – fired (tossed in a hot wok) to stop the enzyme process. Often the smell…

I have to say that I feel a little spoiled with the size of the samples Mike’s been giving me, there’s a good 30-40g of tea in this pouch, for instance!  Dry it has a sweet, vegetal scent, and the leaves are rolled like most green oolongs – although fairly loosely in this case – and the leaves look to be a bit paler than what I normally see. The steeped tea reveals…

To begin this review, I have to say that I’m a bit of a sucker for pu-erh sold in bird’s nest form, just because I think it looks really cool. However, I will attempt to not let this affect the bias of my review. Soooo, without further ado…


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