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Tea Discovery by Lydia Kung

Gain new insight into the World of Tea through the expertise and observations of professional tea-taster Lydia Kung. Latest articles include:

What Tea Has Done for Guizhou   Overview of a relatively unknown tea producing region that potentially accounts for 20% of China’s tea growing area (Read more …)

38,000 Buds   Steps in processing of pre-Qing Ming teas (Read more …)

Putting Names to Tea Farmers Comparison of two contrasting tea operations showing validation of procedures being followed in one and not in the other, and the growing importance of traceability in tea imports (Read more …)


We invite you to try the following new teas:

Organic Green Needles, Special Grade

Pre-Qing Ming tea, intense fresh green aroma

Huangshan Mao Feng

Fat golden-green buds, sweet, delicate flavor

Golden Sprouting Buds Black

Persistent sweet notes, pleasant finish

15% Off Spring Green Tea Sale

All green teas on sale now through Sunday! Sale ends midnight PST March 25th.

The Romance of Teas

Lydia Kung discusses the continual monitoring and regulated process by which rare teas advance from the growers to the container loading facility, onto the vessel, and to the consignee and consumer here in the United States. How do the big factories fit in with nostalgia for direct “farm-to-table” teas?

4715: Year of the Dog

What will happen in this industrious and challenging year? See our Year of the Dog Predictions!

Earth’s greatest travel rush starts in China

During chunyun, the 40-day Spring Festival travel rush between February 1 and March 12, about 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made as hundreds of millions of Chinese cram onto trains, buses, airplanes and boats to return to their hometowns for Chinese New Year.

Spring Festival Specials

Prices valid only through April 30th.



Looking Back: 2017 in Teas

by Lydia Kung


Recollection of an unusual year in tea



We invite you to try the following new teas:

To celebrate our new website redesign and article on Comforting Teas to Savor All Season Long, we offer 15% off the featured teas and tea ware through the end of December!




We invite you to try the following new teas:

Fern Trail Amber Oolong Outstanding, satisfying and brimming with layers of flavors (Read more …) Lake Tai Green Maofeng Open leaf style with clean and lively flavor (Read more …) Keemun Maofeng, Fancy Sweet and delicate, with notes of malt and honey (Read more …)

Mount Kenya Green Reminiscent of freshly toasted oats (Read more …) Mount Kenya Oolong Meticulously crafted in small batches (Read more …) Peppermint Detox Whole leaf peppermint and lemongrass, delicious and revitalizing (Read more …)

We invite you to try the following new teas:

Summit Clouds Green Rich full satisfying flavor, early spring green character (Read more …) Organic Orchid Dew Green Sumptuous tasting Japanese cultivar transplanted in China (Read more …) Mount Kenya Black Strong and malty, with hints of cocoa beans and dried fruit (Read more …)

African Breakfast Full-bodied blend of black teas from Kenya, India and China (Read more …) Purple Leaf Tea Notes of sweet plum and fresh spring greens (Read more …) Purple Rain Tea Bright and lively tropical infusion with Purple Tea base (Read more …)

We invite you to try the following new teas:

Darjeeling Castleton Estate Vintage SFTGFOP – 1st Flush Herbaceous and “springy” green character, touch of astringency (Read more …) Shin Cha 2017 Most sought-after seasonal tea in Japan, sweeter than regular sencha (Read more …) Balasun Estate Darjeeling SFTGFOP Himalayan Musk, 2nd Flush Softly aromatic with citrus notes, classic muscatel flavor (Read more …)

Loose-leaf Pu-erh Back after a long absence, vintage 2015 (Read more …) 1st Grade Dragon Well (Lung Ching) Fragrant leaves, elegant flavor (Read more …)

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