Maryland Blogger: Hu-Kwa Tea

Hu-Kwa Tea

Hu-Kwa Tea


Chef Dolores asked me to post some information about her favorite tea, Hu-Kwa Tea from the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company. Click on the link to reach the website to learn more about this tea.


"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." - Mark T. Wendell Tea Company


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Comment balloon 16 commentsRoy Kelley • May 11 2018 08:29PM



 I love tea and to have the teas of teas, well that is certainly something!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert 10 months ago

Good evening again Roy. Lovely flower and wonderful recipe. Enjoy your day.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 10 months ago

Hi Roy- I think the last time you recommended a tea (at least I think it was you) I gave some to my young friend as a gift and she loved it!!!! Please tell Chef Dolores Thank You!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 10 months ago

Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert 

Kathy Streib 

If you love teas, take time to visit the website. They will send a nice booklet with all of their selections with your first order. This teas from this company are excellent gift items.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 10 months ago

Thank you for the wonderful knowledge drop today Roy Kelley . I hope to have the pleasure of sipping some day soon. 

Posted by Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell (HomeSmart Real Estate) 10 months ago

When I was in England I had absolutely delicious teas. I can see why they choose tea over coffee there.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 10 months ago

I drink far more tea than coffee.  I don't believe I've had the tea you speak of here.  I'll look for it!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 10 months ago

I've never heard of Hu-Kwa Tea, Roy.  I may just go online and order some to try.  Thanks.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 10 months ago

Always interesting to find Delores's new finds. An interesting blend Roy...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 10 months ago

I'm a tea lover. I hope to see this one in my grocery stores.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 9 months ago

Patricia Feager 

If you are a tea lover, you should visit this website. They have a large selection and will send a catalog with your first order.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago

Roy Kelley - Interesting website and history. It sounds like a bold flavor tea. 

Thank you. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 9 months ago

What a great tip, Roy;  I love tea...that is when I do not have a 'Snap Dog.'  Haha ~

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 9 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago
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