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NEW TEAS

We invite you to try the following new teas:

Exceptional tea, unusual for having fresh jasmine flowers added after scenting.

Fully bloomed, lush, deep red roses (2 or 3 in a mug will do nicely) brew a naturally soft sweet cup.

Sweet, floral character with an initial overall impression of “bright and fresh.”

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:

August 2020 Tea Notes New tea arrivals, including jasmines, organic Nepalese teas, and Gold Tribute Black

 

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:

Jasmine flowers; a Yellow Tea  Exploring the different grades of Jasmine tea and a Yellow tea, Snow Dragon Yellow Buds.

Intent & Place:  Monkey King Green & Bai Lin Black; Flights of Fancy (Black Teas)​   Exploring quite different approaches to processing and the characteristics thatt tea crafters have in mind

 

Early Summer Tea Sale

15% off all teas, one week only!  Prices valid from June 4 through June 10

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:

Signs of Spring, Part 1   Introduction to 2020 spring teas

Spring Teas 2020, Part 2   Some old friends among the spring 2020 teas

Spring Teas 2020, Part 3   New specialty teas for the spring 2020 season

4717: Year of the Rat

What will happen in this prosperous and powerful year? See our Year of the Rat Predictions!

According to analysis done by Chinese researchers, Organic Dragon Phoenix Pearl has a higher concentration of Vitamin C and amino acids than other teas. Ours is vintage autumn 2019

A vintage winter 2019 blend of organic Ceylon black tea, cinnamon, cloves, safflower petals, and natural flavors

Oolong Square Tea

The tea material is a Shui Hsien; however, unlike most teas from this varietal, Oolong Square Tea is only oxidized about 50 percent..

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:

Three Anhui Classics   Three place-specific teas from Anhui province

Tea Leaves and Jasmine Blossoms   Stages of scenting in jasmine tea processing

Short Steeps   A quick, short steep often brings out the dynamic bloom inherent in many teas.

Autumn Festival Specials

Prices valid only through December 31.

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:

Fair Trade Teas   On the 11 Fair Trade tea companies in China.

Dark Teas   Hunan province’s best-known tea.

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:

Golden Peony Black, a New Favorite   A memorable tasting of a new Black tea, Golden Peony.

Hunan Discoveries   Exploring Hunan province’s tea offerings.

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:

Keemun, a Belated Lesson (Part 1)   Understanding of the manufacture of classic famed Keemun Black tea.

Keemun, a Belated Lesson (Part 2)   Sorting through the many teas in Keemun’s distinctive group.

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 article includes:

1st Growth Teas: a wonderful way to celebrate spring   Early tea arrivals are the priciest and qualify for the Ming Qian (pre Qing Ming festival) label.

Tea consumption protects the brain from neurodegenerative disease

Authors of a 2016 study published in The journal of nutrition, health & aging (JNHA) contend that “a cup of tea a day can keep dementia away, and this is especially so for those who are genetically predisposed to the debilitating disease.”

Insect tea potential treatment for cancer

Authors of a 2015 study published in CyTA – Journal of Food regard the consumption of insect tea as a benefit by promoting programmed cell death (apoptosis) in liver cancer cells.

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:

White Teas at a Tea Competition   A comparison of the different white tea samples offered in different categories at a recent tea competition

Tea Processing … in Pictures   Examples of standard tea manufacturing steps in photographs for both Green and White teas

NEW TEAS

We invite you to try the following new teas:

Exceptional tea, unusual for having fresh jasmine flowers added after scenting.

Fully bloomed, lush, deep red roses (2 or 3 in a mug will do nicely) brew a naturally soft sweet cup.

Sweet, floral character with an initial overall impression of “bright and fresh.”

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:

Jasmine teas: end of a season and a little known fact   A refresher on making jasmine green teas and an inside view of a lesser-known step in jasmine tea processing.

Golden Monkey Black Tea   An introduction to this classic Chinese black tea with a focus on the processing techniques that draw out its showy golden tips, aroma, and taste.