7 Holiday Gift Ideas for Tea Connoisseurs
Do you know a tea lover? Skip the flavored blends and give them something they’ll really enjoy. Here are seven of our favorite gift ideas for any serious tea-head.
1. Premium Collection
This selection of four premium teas is sure to delight even experienced tasters. A brewing guide and included descriptions will guide your favorite tea lover through distinct styles from traditional regions, including famed and rare varieties of white, oolong, and black tea. Each one ounce tea sample yields 7-8 servings, adding up to a full month of luxurious daily brews.
2. Jingdezhen Gaiwan, Spring
Not all gaiwans are created equal, and to those in the know, the quality of this one is evident. Known as the "Porcelain Capital", Jingdezhen is famous for the white color and overall quality of its delicate white clay, and this brewing vessel is an exquisite example of the expertise of these traditional artisans. The pure white background and glazed surface make it ideal for brewing and assessing a variety of teas. Pair with our Modern Glass Server for a complete and versatile brewing set.
3. Our Finest Dragonwell
This incredible example of the famous Dragonwell style is made up entirely of the youngest, sweetest buds from the first pluck of the season. While the pan-roasted style of this tea is now common, the delicate and buttery flavor profile of this early spring harvest sets this batch apart from other Dragonwell teas. Together, the premium harvest and traditional crafting make this the best green tea on our shelves, and an unparalleled treat for any green tea lover.
4. Tiandi Cup by Xu De Jia
Enhance their daily tea experience with this handmade cup from Taiwanese potter Xu De Jia. The contrast of the artist’s signature celadon glaze and exposed stoneware clay on the exterior make this piece an artful joy to hold in the hand, while the simple design allows for everyday use. A generous 8-ounce volume also makes this cup versatile enough for use with other beverages, or perfect for a solo tea session.
5. Heritage Beidou
Another exquisite example of a famous Chinese tea, this time from the rocky cliffs of the Wuyi Mountains. Using a variety of the tea plant descended directly from the revered Da Hong Pao mother trees, this tea was carefully plucked and crafted by hand before being roasted gradually over a charcoal fire. With the increasing worldwide popularity of this style, it has become extremely difficult to find examples of this caliber. The depth and complexity of flavor that comes with this skillful roast is sure to make an impression on experienced palates and fans of traditional Chinese tea culture.
6. Aged Collection
Add something new to an established collection with these four aged teas. With some of our most unusual teas inside, this gift box will surprise any tea explorer. With two pu-erh teas that showcase the difference between sheng and shou styles, and two aged oolongs that reveal their own stories with unique and distinct flavor profiles, this polished present is the perfect solution for the tea lover who has everything.
7. Red Blossom Tea Gift Card
Connoisseurs can be particular, and their expertise can make them particularly hard to shop for. Skip the guesswork and let them make their own selections with our convenient online gift cards. No need for expedited shipping - this gift card will be delivered immediately to your email inbox, where you can print it out to put under the tree, or forward it along to a distant recipient. You can’t go wrong with this simple solution!
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