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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.

  • Our Finest Dragonwell, 2023
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    漢字 極品雪前龍井

    origin Pan'an County, Zhejiang

    craft pan roasted

    flavor notes green bean, butter, crisp

    漢字 極品雪前龍井

    origin Pan'an County, Zhejiang

    craft pan roasted

    flavor notes green bean, butter, crisp

    This is Our Finest Dragonwell. Each leaf was hand-gathered daily in small quantities beginning on March 13th from the first leaf buds of the year. Cultivated 4000 feet (1200m) above sea level at a remote tea garden in Zhejiang Province's Pan'an County, Our Finest Dragonwell is the purest expression of green tea that we...


  • Silver Needle Reserve
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    漢字 極品福鼎白毫銀針

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft faded (air-dried)

    flavor notes marzipan, rose water, cream

    漢字 極品福鼎白毫銀針

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft faded (air-dried)

    flavor notes marzipan, rose water, cream

    This year's exceptional Silver Needle Reserve comes from the first white tea harvest of spring. Each leaf bud was hand-harvested from a grove of da bai tea trees in Fuding County, Fujian. Covered in a fine layer of protective down (known as trichomes), these tea buds are so light that it takes over 27,000...


  • Da Yu Lin, Spring
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    漢字 大禹嶺烏龍春茶

    origin Dayuling, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes gardenia, butter, sugarcane

    漢字 大禹嶺烏龍春茶

    origin Dayuling, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes gardenia, butter, sugarcane

    Harvested in Taiwan's highest-elevation and most revered tea region, Da Yu Lin has a level of complexity, aromatics, and flavor that is simply unrivaled by other Formosa oolongs. True Da Yu Lin like this has a reputation as Taiwan’s most coveted tea. At over 8000 feet above sea level, the source garden is close...


  • Persimmon Blossom (Ya Sai)
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    漢字 柿花香(鴨屎香)鳳凰單叢

    origin Wudong, Guangdong

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes asian pear, honey, orchard fruit

    漢字 柿花香(鴨屎香)鳳凰單叢

    origin Wudong, Guangdong

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes asian pear, honey, orchard fruit

    The Phoenix Mountain range historically has been isolated from the rest of Guangzhou due to its remote location and harsh terrain, resulting in the development of distinctly unique tea varieties and traditions. In particular, this persimmon blossom tea was so rare and so desirable that farmers took to calling it...


  • Qing Xin Red
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    Qing Xin Red

    $62.00

    漢字 阿里山清心蜜香紅茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes stone fruit, citrus, honey

    漢字 阿里山清心蜜香紅茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes stone fruit, citrus, honey

    Described by the teamaker as "a black tea with the spirit of an oolong", Qing Xin Red is our rarest black tea. This innovative harvest combines Taiwan's Qing Xin cultivar (revered for it's elegantly sweet, creamy, and floral taste), with mi xiang crafting and traditional oolong production techniques like rou nian to create one of...


  • Aged Tung Ting, ca. 1980
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     漢字   八〇年凍頂老茶

    origin   Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft  rolled & re-roasted

    flavor notes  coffee, smoky, mellow

     漢字   八〇年凍頂老茶

    origin   Nantou County, Taiwan

    craft  rolled & re-roasted

    flavor notes  coffee, smoky, mellow

    After many years in our collection, we have finally reached the end of this aged crop. For a similarly rich, roasted flavor, we recommend exploring Wuyi Oolongs. 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...


  • Aged Tieguanyin, ca. 1986
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    漢字 八六年鐵觀音老茶

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft never re-roasted

    flavor notes walnut, umeboshi, wood

    漢字 八六年鐵觀音老茶

    origin Anxi County, Fujian

    craft never re-roasted

    flavor notes walnut, umeboshi, wood

    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,...


  • Song Zhong
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    Song Zhong

    $54.00

    漢字 宋種鳳凰單叢

    origin Wudong, Guangdong

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes peach, floral, brown sugar

    漢字 宋種鳳凰單叢

    origin Wudong, Guangdong

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes peachfloral, brown sugar

    Song Zhong traces its origins back to the waning days of the Southern Song Dynasty. Locals on Phoenix Mountain tell of the last Song Emperor's flight from the invading Mongols. Tired and thirsty, the emperor was restored with tea brewed from the leaves of a Phoenix Mountain oolong. Today, Song...


  • Jin Xuan Winter Sprout
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    漢字 金萱烏龍冬茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes sugarcane, fresh cream, vegetal

    漢字 金萱烏龍冬茶

    origin Alishan, Taiwan

    craft qing xiang

    flavor notes sugarcane, fresh cream, vegetal

    Cultivated at over 4,000 feet above sea level in Taiwan's famed Alishan region, Jin Xuan Winter Sprout is a truly elegant representation of Formosa oolong, and one of the most unique Taiwanese teas in our collection. Known as dong pian in Chinese, winter harvests like this offer an exciting chance to discover a new side...


  • Xin Gong Yi (New Craft)
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    漢字 新工藝白茶

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft twisted

    flavor notes raisin, dried apricot, floral

    漢字 新工藝白茶

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft twisted

    flavor notes raisin, dried apricot, floral

    Our Xin Gong Yi white tea was harvested early April from Fuding County, Fujian Province. The hand-picked leaves consist of a bud and single leaf combination. The buds contribute florals and texture to the tea, while the leaves give it complexity.   Xin Gong Yi means "new craft". What distinguishes...


  • Wild Guava Leaves
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    漢字 野生番石榴葉

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    flavor notes earthy, aromatic, herbaceous

    漢字 野生番石榴葉

    origin Nantou County, Taiwan

    flavor notes earthy, aromatic, herbaceous

    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.


  • Heritage Beidou
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    漢字 武夷大紅袍, 北斗

    origin Wuyi Mountains, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted

    flavor notes toffee, dried fruit, oak barrels

    漢字 武夷大紅袍, 北斗

    origin Wuyi Mountains, Fujian

    craft charcoal roasted

    flavor notes toffee, dried fruit, oak barrels

    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...


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