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Making High Quality Tea

What’s the difference between those green teas in a teabag, vs whole leaf teas from reputable tea importers? How do you distinguish quality and grades of teas to know you are getting a good value? Many tea drinkers may not know that green and white teas, by nature of their production, require hand harvesting and hand processing. When you steep a tea like Dragonwell, or Fujian Green, you will notice that the shapes of the tender leaves re-constitute as though you had just picked it off the bush yourself, completely intact. The tiny unopened leaf bud in the center of the photo, and one or two tender baby leaves ajoining the bud, reminds one of how carefully these leaves must be picked, one by one by hand. In fact, some 30,000 or more such tender leaves go into a lb. of dried leaves, and even more need to be dried…

Phoenix Ya Sai Harvest

Early Harvest for Phoenix Ya Sai The weather has been highly unpredictable, and each region is experiencing different harvest times that surprise us. For example, this week, young leaves from the Phoenix Mountain region are about to sprout, almost one month earlier than expected! The fabled Phoenix Ya Sai was much unknown until we started blogging about it and bringing in the limited quantities harvested. It’s now circulating on the web not totally as an authentic Phoenix tea, let alone from the actual mother tree! Duck Poop Ya Sai literally means ‘Duck Poop’, a name that the farm family thought would dissuade their neighbors from stealing and clipping the branches off the mother tree. The tea made from this singular tree called Duck Poop has the fragrance of young hydrangea flowers, narcissus, and lilacs all rolled into one flavorful, sophisticated cup of tea. The farmer whose family owns the tree,…

White Down Pre-Order Spring 2017

Rough Weather Affects White Teas The most exciting time of the year for the tea aficionado is here! Alas, the inclement weather across different regions is shrinking the yield of the top early harvest. We are expecting very expensive, very small amounts of our coveted white teas this season. White tea, considered to be the top varietal in China for its highest concentration of anti-oxidant polyphenols and its superb ethereal taste, is suffering from cold in the Northern Fujian region called Fuding, the one and only place of origin for White teas. We have decided to allow pre-orders only for the White Down for now until the weather changes maybe. For those of you who want to lock in the price from last year, please place a pre-order. We are expecting the White Down, SIlver Needle, and White Peony prices to go up in another 2 weeks, so we will…

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