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Rare Teas

Aged, innovative, or just plain weird, these are teas you won't find anywhere else. These rare picks are limited in stock and irreplaceable, so indulge your taste buds today.
  • Fuding Silver Needle 2017
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    漢字 有機銀針白毫

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft faded (air dried)

    flavor notes apricot, marzipan

    漢字 有機銀針白毫

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft faded (air dried)

    flavor notes apricot, marzipan

    Harvested the third week of March, each down-covered leaf bud was picked by hand from a high elevation grove of Da Bai tea trees in Fuding County, Fujian. Once gathered, the buds were scattered on bamboo trays and slowly wilted with constant airflow for 30 hours. This step, called "fading",...


  • Premium Collection
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    Our Premium Collection makes the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life. With a wide variety of styles from traditional tea-producing regions in China and Taiwan, this collection covers the full range of flavor profiles and offers a premium selection of each type of tea. Along with the tea, we've included a brewing instruction card along with a description of each tea. Everything is beautifully packaged in an impressive red gift box. We...

  • Da Yu Lin, Spring 2016
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    漢字 大禹嶺烏龍冬茶

    origin Da Yu Lin, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes citrus, sugarcane

    漢字 大禹嶺烏龍冬茶

    origin Da Yu Lin, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes citrus, sugarcane

    Da Yu Lin Formosa oolong has a level of complexity, flavor and aromatics that exceeds other teas in this category. The source garden sits at approximately 2450 meters above sea level (over 8000 feet). True Da Yu Lin has a reputation as Taiwan’s most coveted tea. At 2450 meters, the...


  • Aged Tung Ting, ca. 1980
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     漢字   陳年凍頂老茶

    origin   Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft  rolled & re-roasted

    flavor notes  smoke, cocoa

     漢字   陳年凍頂老茶

    origin   Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft  rolled & re-roasted

    flavor notes  smoke, cocoa

    Until the mid-1980s, Taiwan oolong teas were rolled by hand in small canvas bundles. Hand rolling produced tea clusters that were looser than what is created using modern machine rolling methods. These looser clusters required firing at higher temperatures for optimal preservation, which in turn produced a richer, more robust...


  • Aged Tieguanyin, ca. 1986
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    漢字 猴王鐵觀音老茶

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft never re-roasted

    flavor notes plum, walnut

    漢字 猴王鐵觀音老茶

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft never re-roasted

    flavor notes plum, walnut

    Aged oolongs are rare in the world of teas. Unlike pu-erhs that change through microbial activity, oolong leaves age naturally. And whereas pu-erh teas are considered "living teas" that must be exposed to air, aged oolongs are often kept sealed as they age. This tea was sourced in the mid-80's,...


  • Our Finest Dragonwell, 2017
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    漢字 極品明前龍井

    origin Panan County, Zhejiang

    craft pan roasted

    flavor notes watermelon, butter

    漢字 極品明前龍井

    origin Panan County, Zhejiang

    craft pan roasted

    flavor notes watermelon, butter

    This is our finest Dragonwell. Each leaf was hand-gathered mid-March 2017 from a tea garden located at over 1200 meters above sea level, about an hour’s drive from Pan’an, in central Zhejiang. This tea was picked on the first harvest day of the season. The family that crafted this tea...


  • Wild Guava Leaves
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    漢字 野生番石榴茶

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    flavor notes earth, guava

    漢字 野生番石榴茶

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    flavor notes earth, guava

    A refreshing and surprisingly sweet herbal tisane from the mountains of Nantou, Taiwan. This is what we drink after a long day of Formosa Red tasting at Sun Moon Lake. Though the leaves are a bit larger than most of our herbals, we recommend using a tea bag or strainer...


  • Shui Xian Cake, 2012
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    漢字 武夷水仙茶餅

    origin Wuyi Shan, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted & pressed

    flavor notes rich, cocoa

    漢字 武夷水仙茶餅

    origin Wuyi Shan, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted & pressed

    flavor notes rich, cocoa

    In 2011, we comissioned a wuyi crafted from “zheng yan” leaves. The “mao cha” was traditionally crafted in the wuyi style: bruised, oxidized, and given a finishing “heritage” fruitwood charcoal roast. We then added one unique request: for the leaves to be pressed into a 150 gram cake, so that...


  • Jin Xuan, Winter Sprout
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    漢字 冬片,烏龍茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes mango, buttercream

    漢字 冬片,烏龍茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes mango, buttercream

    Called “Dong Pian” in Chinese, Winter Sprout is by far our most unusual tea acquisition from Taiwan. Formosa winter teas are typically picked from mid-to-late November. If the winter is mild enough, the tea plant will sometimes grow a new sprout before slipping into cold weather dormancy. Our Winter Sprout...


  • Lishan Hong, Mi Xiang
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    漢字 梨山紅茶, 蜜香

    origin Lishan, Taiwan

    craft twisted

    flavor notes caramel, honey

    漢字 梨山紅茶, 蜜香

    origin Lishan, Taiwan

    craft twisted

    flavor notes caramel, honey

    Lishan Hong is the most unique crop of aphid bitten black tea we found this year. This third generation tea grower's wife acquired a small crop of bug bitten Formosa qing xin oolong from Lishan and crafted it as a "hong cha" or red tea. Similar to our Sun Moon...


  • Heritage Beidou
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    Heritage Beidou

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    漢字 武夷大紅袍, 北斗

    origin Wuyi Shan, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted

    flavor notes toffee, fruit

    漢字 武夷大紅袍, 北斗

    origin Wuyi Shan, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted

    flavor notes toffee, fruit

    Beidou, or "North Star" is famed as a direct descendant of the true Grand Scarlet Robe, or “Da Hong Pao”, variety. As true Da Hong Pao teas are reserved for elite government officials and dignitaries, we spend our sourcing trips searching for descendant varieties like this Beidou, which is reputed...


  • Aged Collection
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    Our Aged Collection is a great way to learn about aged teas - both fermented pu-erhs and aged oolongs. With a range of flavors covering everything from the bold, earthy notes of traditional pu-erh to the dried fruit notes that develop with long term dry aging, we think this collection is sure to include something you haven't tasted before. Included in the Aged Collection are four 1 ounce bags of tea, representing different crafting styles and flavor profiles....