Each year, we look for single origin teas not commonly found outside China. These teas are produced in limited quantities and, for the most part, sold locally early in the season. Employing methods of processing that have been passed generation-to-generation or reflective of a bold new style, small lots are handcrafted. Flavors and aromas are notable and typically stronger in taste as the buds and leaves are early-harvest compact and rich in polyphenols and minerals. Competition for these limited-edition teas is strong as China's domestic tea market is always exploring and seeking out new styles and flavors.
For our part, each year we set out to find some of these interesting, unusual teas that our customers have come to enjoy over the last 20 years. To accomplish this, we visit tea markets at the initial stages of the harvest or travel to small specialty tea farms. Produced in small quantities, these teas characterize the craft and artistry of China’s tea artisans. Each of the teas within this group has a story and we think offers a wonderful taste. Each is in our warehouse in limited quantity.
In providing these annual selections, we hope you will enjoy the diversity and artistry of China's wonderful teas.