Last month, a friend brought to my attention the Goldfish tea bags created by a Taiwanese company called Charm Villa. As luck would have it, another friend was in Taipei at the time so I asked her please try to bring back some Goldfish tea bags for me if she came across them during her travels. I knew this was a loooooooong shot so I didn't want to get my hopes up...
...but look what my friend brought all the way back to Canada!One of her hubby's friends happened to live just minutes away from the Charm Villa shop so he picked up the box of Goldfish tea bags for her. THANK YOU, CY!!!
The Goldfish tea bag has won numerous awards for its creative, handcrafted design and is currently patented in 34 countries.
The tea bag acquired its Goldfish form as it steeped in the water.
It really does look like a Goldfish! Very cool!
My Goldfish swimming around my tea cup. Look at the movement of the fish tail!
The Goldfish tea bag was filled with White Tipped Oolong, aka Champagne Oolong or "Oriental Beauty".
Taiwan is famous for its oolongs and this high-quality tea is cultivated organically in a pesticide-free and pollution-free environment so that the Jacobiasca formosana insects will feed on the tea leaves--the White Tipped Oolong's unique flavour is the product of these "insect bites".
After 5 minutes of brewing, the White Tipped Oolong had an amber hue and tropical aroma. The tea had a smooth and sweet flavour with a hint of peach.
As delicious works of art, the Goldfish tea bags will make your wallet weep.
You can purchase a single White Tipped Oolong Goldfish tea bag for $25 USD here (too rich for my blood!).
In Taiwan, a box of 12 Goldfish tea bags costs 1620 TWD ($50 USD or $65 CDN) which translates to about $4 USD per tea bag. I got 7 cups (300 mL/cup) from 1 Goldfish tea bag so I definitely got my money's worth!
"Pure, authentic Taiwanese tea in a goldfish brings wonder to your table."
From: Charm Villa's Creative Philosophy
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