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Hawaiian Volcano Green

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From Canton Tea Co

Handmade, organically produced green tea grown on the summit of a Hawaiian volcano.

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Canton Tea Co is a London-based tea company trading in high grade, whole leaf Chinese tea. We have exclusive access to some of the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh teas available. In our first year, we scooped Six Golds at the 2009 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. Our Jasmine Pearls won the top three star gold award, endorsing it as the best available in the UK.

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This JUST arrived today. I was greeted by the lovely Canton Tea Club package after returning home from my cousinly brainstorming session. When I read the box, my heart skipped a beat. This tea was A-Murr-ican!

I tore it open instantly. This wasn’t my first exposure to the Eva Lee/Chiu Leong/Tea Hawaii outfit. I had sampled everything from their black, their white, their other green and their oolong. This was a different green tea from the last one. The leaves were longer, wider, a different shade of green, and the smell was kelpy and tart. I assumed this was actually from leaves grown on their private estate, not one from a neighboring garden.

I brewed it up the first time like I would any green tea, and it came out much too light. On a second go-around, I opted for boiling water and a three-minute steep. The approach turned out a very citrusy brew with a slight grassy kick. It was light in a Long Jing sorta way, but with no vegetal profile to speak of.

I liked it quite a bit, and it served as the perfect fuel while writing a Halloween-related rant (here: http://www.lazyliteratus.com/1869).

At the time of this writing, the blog for this offering isn’t up yet, but I’ll update this note accordingly when it does.

Correction: I guess this IS their Ol’a green, only with a different rolling method. shrug

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My husband made another batch of candy-corn sugar cookies (roll the little kernels up in slice-and-bake dough). They’re just evil.

Geoffrey Norman

And just because of that…I’m going out to buy candycorn.


OMG I am going to have to try that. It sounds simple but incredibly evil. Evilly yummy.

Geoffrey Norman

Just keep in mind, it’s WAY different from the Ol’a green.


Only thing to bear in mind (after clumsy experimentation) is that the candy corn re-e-e-eally melts (almost turns to hard candy) and can be very sticky. So we used baking parchment.


I always use baking parchment. It still sounds really yummmmmm. @Geoffrey – I love the Ola/Ol’a that I’ve tried but it would be good for this one to be different … different is good!

Geoffrey Norman

It’s heartier than the Ol’a. So that’s a plus.

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Colour is yellow that smells of subtle yet sweet melon (I wouldn’t say specifically watermelon) . Taste wise it’s sweet and fruity, a little floral and fresh. Simply put this does tastes like a combination of melon and cucumber but very subtly so, as far as the first steep goes that is. So far this is delicious, if it increases in strength then things will go from good to great for me.

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This sounds lovely. I am not sure I have the patience for these teas that give the gift of soooo many infusions. =)


I’ll be honest and admit that I do have to be in the right frame of mind to have a gaiwan tea, not to mention the time. I have noticed the difference in taste and flavour when using the gaiwan and that makes the effort worth while. I also have an online stop watch saved in my favourites so I don’t have to keep counting, fine for anything under 30 seconds but when it comes to 3 minutes it becomes a little tedious lol.


I’ve been satisfied with just a kettle until now, but the temptation to do it up properly is getting overwhelming. I think it’s time to get a gaiwan!


Looks like the gaiwan club will have a new member :) It truly is worth having a special tea and utensils, they brighten up any day. The only problem is that once you go gaiwan you may find it hard to stop lol. Teavivre have some great tea’s for gaiwan’s and they also print their recommended steeping times which make it easy. :)


I’ve heard nothing but good about Teavivre and look forward to trying their tea (I think I may have one or two). And you’re right, I tend to try preferred preparation methods on everything (I’m currently in the process of trying to turn everything into a chai). :D

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A really delicious green tea. Unique in flavor … this isn’t your usual green tea! It has a flavor to it that is almost “juicy” … sweet and fruity! I tasted notes of cucumber and watermelon, just as it was promised in the description. Awesome!

This isn’t a really thick or what I’d call a “brothy” type of tea … this is more crisp, light and refreshing. I like this tea best when it’s cooled slightly because the flavors really pop.

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