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New Arrivals

New Arrivals presents a select group of spring harvest teas that we feel offer a taste of some of China’s finest early-pick spring varieties. Generally harvested before April 5th (Pre-Qing Ming), these traditional favorites offer prized flavors and aromas. Plucked to a fine standard, traditionally processed often in limited quantities, they offer you a taste of a brief period in spring. Explore - their flavors are fresh, nuanced and rich.

New Arrivals is regularly updated over the course of the tea season and the trailing months as we introduce new varieties and new shipments arrive.

  •  "Wild Peony" - White Peony - Bai Mu Dan

    "Wild Peony" - White Peony - Bai Mu Dan

    The FuAn area, in Fujian Province, is famous for its white tea cultivars. Over time, this cultivar has migrated outside the boundaries of farms and flourished. Our Peony offering - "Wild Peony" - fits this class and was harvested wild. Picked, withered,...
    Harvested wild - tastes of melon, grape, herbs

  •  Green Monkey King - Tai Ping Hou Kui

    Green Monkey King - Tai Ping Hou Kui

    Perhaps no other tea more aptly embodies the artistry of China's teas than the famous Tai Ping Hou Kui (TPHK). Grown on a spring-fed farm in the lower slopes of the Huang Shan Mountains, of Anhui Province, this unusually long-leaf cultivar is famous for...
    Scented by wild cymbidium orchids, flavors of sweetgrass & apricot

  • "Little Monkey" Tieguanyin

    "Little Monkey" Tieguanyin

    In China, highest grades of Tieguanyin oolong are prized and often presented as gifts. These lots are judged not only on taste and aroma, appearance plays a very big part in the rating. Once a lot is processed, the leaves are again inspected and...
    Bright, fresh aromas & floral notes.
  • Anji White - AnJi Bai

    Anji White - AnJi Bai

    Each harvest season this rare tea offers a special flavor experience. It is rich in amino acids, creating a rich umami flavor unusual for a Chinese green. In the 1980s, in a bamboo forest above the Huang Pu River in the mountains of Zhejiang Province,...
    Silky smooth mouth feel, rich "umami" flavor

  • Black Bud  - Hēi yá - Rare Lot

    Black Bud - Hēi yá - Rare Lot

    First buds of the harvest offer the most pronounced flavors and aromas of the season. As late winter temperatures begin to warm, particularly in the mountains, dormant tea bushes awaken and sprout dense, compact buds, the first new tea. Harvested by hand...
    Sweet, coppery, exceptionally clean flavors; a wonderful lingering finish.

  • Black Peony

    Black Peony

    The famous Da Bai cultivar has been crafted to a black tea offering a flavor preferred in the area. After shaping the leaves, they are fully oxidized and then fired slowly at a comparatively low temperature. This slow firing style accentuates cherished...
    Thick leaves , lush, wet notes of fruit.

  • Breast Flower Fragrance - Ru Hua Xiang

    Breast Flower Fragrance - Ru Hua Xiang

    Legend tells us that as the young maidens plucked the first, new leaves of spring, they placed the most precious in their blouses to be preserved for the enjoyment of the Emperor and his court. The story provides us with a wonderful name for one of our...
    Rolled leaves open to orchid-like flavors & a buttery-sweet finish.

  • Dragon Well - Long Jing - First Grade

    Dragon Well - Long Jing - First Grade

    Our first grade Dragon Well is harvested in the "before the rain" period of April. In our search for this prized tea, we apply 3 criteria: consistency in leaf size, shape, and coloration; aroma - fresh and vegetal; taste...
    Enlivening vegetal & nutty flavors

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    Dragon Well - Long Jing - Organic

    Dragon Well, Long Jing, has a rich and long history of cultivation and may well be the most famous tea in the world. Highest grade lots are plucked early in the spring with much anticipation among lovers of tea. Its exquisite taste highlights why it is...
    Taste is fresh, offers sweet, nutty, chestnut-like notes

  • New Lot!

    Drunken Concubine - Zui Gue

    Drunken Concubine is named in recognition of the intoxicating flavors of a wonderful, high-grade Tieguanyin oolong. Grown in the AnXi Region of southern Fujian Proince, the cultivar is made to variegated shades of greens almost to blue with soft golden...
    Caresses the tongue with nectar-like flavors.
  • Emerald Green - Cui Ya

    Emerald Green - Cui Ya

    One of our favorite teas - Emerald Green brings a wealth of aroma and flavor to the palate. A yellow tea, "Cui Ya", is cultivated in the Huang Shan Mountains of Anhui Province. These jagged, high mountains are cut with abundant, rushing streams and...
    Sweet, lush & clean, distinctive flowery notes

  • Golden Eyebrow - Jīn Jun Mei - Rare Lot

    Golden Eyebrow - Jīn Jun Mei - Rare Lot

    At traditional tea gatherings, Golden Eyebrow is held as a prestigious tea, one to be served proudly, knowing it will enhance friendship. A fine pluck, using buds and the top two leaves, our lot harvested early in spring 2021. The leaves are carefully...
    Aroma of orange, light fruitiness, finish is honeysuckle.

  • Golden Monkey - Jin Hou

    Golden Monkey - Jin Hou

    Some of the finest varieties of Golden Monkey come out early in April, before the Qing Ming holiday. The leaves are harvested as the weather is warming, the buds are small, yet dense & full of flavor. Once plucked and hand processed,...
    Golden-brown leaves, fruity aroma, malty taste

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    Golden Yunnan

    An outstanding red tea, Golden Yunnan, is crafted using thick first grade leaves and golden buds. When steeped, leaves open to a fragrant, russet-amber liquor. A wonderful breakfast tea and a refreshing, thirst-quenching black tea to be enjoyed all hours...
    Flavors of cocoa , carmalized sugar & spice
  • Green Snail Spring - Bi Luo Chun - First Grade

    Green Snail Spring - Bi Luo Chun - First Grade

    Bi Luo Chun - Green Snail Spring - embodies much of what is wonderful about the spring tea harvest. Perhaps no green tea cups to the rich flavors of the season as this one. Ours is a first-grade leaf harvested in a pluck in the first week of April before...
    Flavors - asparagus, chestnut, hints of peach

  • Hairy Crab - Mao Xie

    Hairy Crab - Mao Xie

    Wonderful, green-style oolong is named for the fine "hairs" on the backside of the leaves. Lot was produced in AnXi County to local standards for cultivation and flavor. Hairy Crab is unusual as it offers a full-bodied fruit-like note. Surprisingly...
    Delicious, "peach-like" notes.

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    Heavenly Blue Peak - Tian Mu Qing Ding

    One of China's famous teas, Heavenly Blue Peak (Tian Mu Qing Ding) was long the favored tea of emperors. An exceptional spring green, this high-mountain varietal is harvested only for a very brief period in early April. Grown in bamboo forest preserves...
    Nuanced, flavorful, vegetal, nutty & naturally sweet

  • Huang Shan Mao Feng - "Yellow Mountain Hair Tip"

    Huang Shan Mao Feng - "Yellow Mountain Hair Tip"

    One of China's 10 Famous Teas, "Yellow Mountain Hair Tip" is grown on the slopes of the jagged and water-rich Huang Shan Mountains of Anhui Province. Produced from the Huangshan Da Yeh ("big leaf") cultivar, using a fine pluck "mao feng" standard for...
    Bouquet of sorrel & grape, sweet, fresh flavors.

  • Silver Needle - Yin Zhen

    Silver Needle - Yin Zhen

    Yin Zhen is a variety of remarkable and ethereal Chinese teas made with an exacting skill in handling and processing. In its pure form and most traditional form, YinZhen or Silver Needle, is made of tender spring buds from a varietal cultivated in...
    Traditional Fujian style - savory flavors of apricot & honeysuckle
  • Silver Needle - Yinzhen

    Silver Needle - Yinzhen

    Yin Zhen is a variety of remarkable and ethereal Chinese teas made with an exacting skill in plucking, handling, and processing. A delicacy, it is made using a fine pluck standard in which only buds are harvested. Lot Notes. We think this lot...
    Enjoy flavors of fresh apricots and honey.