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Teas

Crafted in small batches and sourced directly from multi-generational producers in China and Taiwan, we select our teas based on provenance, leaf varietal, harvest season, and crafting style; these factors combine to create an impressive spectrum of natural flavors and aromas.

  • Keemun
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    Keemun

    $14.00

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    Keemun

    漢字 祁門紅茶

    origin Qimen County, Anhui

    craft chopped

    flavor notes robust, earthy, bright

    漢字 祁門紅茶

    origin Qimen County, Anhui

    craft chopped

    flavor notes robust, earthy, bright

    Developed by a Chinese mandarin in 1875 to satiate the increasing demand for tea in Europe, Keemun quickly became the primary tea export of late 19th century imperial China. Today, it is a key component in traditional English Breakfast blends, but usually used in smaller quantities because of its cost...


  • Mi Lan Xiang (Honey Orchid)
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    漢字 蜜蘭香鳳凰單叢

    origin Wudong, Guangdong

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes lychee, honey, floral

    漢字 蜜蘭香鳳凰單叢

    origin Wudong, Guangdong

    craft nong xiang

    flavor notes lychee, honey, floral

    Mi Lan Xiang is our most popular Phoenix Oolong.  We usually see raised eyebrows from those trying this tea for the first time, followed with that inevitable question, is this tea flavored?  It’s not, but the tea alone is remarkably flavorful.  It is also a very serious tea, descended from...


  • Silver Needle
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    Silver Needle

    $37.00

    漢字 福鼎白毫銀針

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft faded (air dried)

    flavor notes rose water, wood, almond

    漢字 福鼎白毫銀針

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft faded (air dried)

    flavor notes rose water, wood, almond

    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",...


  • Formosa Red Native Cultivar
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    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 原種

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes stone fruit cobbler, honey, smooth

    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 原種

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes stone fruit cobbler, honey, smooth

    We are not certain how long the tea plants for our Formosa Red, Native Cultivar have been in existence. The varietal had grown wild in Taiwan and largely ignored until the colonial Japanese administration identified it as a potential candidate for black tea production in the early 1900s. Thereafter, the...


  • Three Cultivar Red
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    漢字 三品紅

    origin Fujian Province

    craft twisted

    flavor notes bold, earthy, dried fruit

    漢字 三品紅

    origin Fujian Province

    craft twisted

    flavor notes bold, earthy, dried fruit

    Our Three Cultivar Red is a unique blend of three varieties from across Fujian Province. In a world defined by tradition and age-old crafting methods, this tea is a rare innovation. The tea maker who created it is amongst a small group experimenting with new cultivars and crafting styles to create...


  • Bai Mu Dan
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    Bai Mu Dan

    $15.00

    漢字 白牡丹

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft faded (air dried)

    flavor notes almond, dried apricot, mellow

    漢字 白牡丹

    origin Fuding County, Fujian

    craft faded (air dried)

    flavor notes almond, dried apricot, mellow

    Our Bai Mu Dan comes from Fuding County, Fujian Province. Its two leaf and a bud combination comes from the Da Bai tea tree, picked in mid-April after the individual tea buds that make up Silver Needle have been gathered. Once picked, the leaves undergo a gradual "fade", during which...


  • 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

    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...


  • Golden Monkey, First Pick
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    漢字 金芽猴子紅茶

    origin Wuyi Mountains, Fujian

    craft twisted

    flavor notes cocoa nibs, buttery, rich

    漢字 金芽猴子紅茶

    origin Wuyi Mountains, Fujian

    craft twisted

    flavor notes cocoa nibs, buttery, rich

    Our Golden Monkey, First Pick comes from a tea garden on Jiulong Hill, in the eastern part of the Wuyi Mountain range. The area sees abundant rainfall, the climate is moist, the environment pure and the resulting tea leaves and its craftsmanship, exquisite. Picked in mid-March, it is the first...


  • Formosa Red Assam
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    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 阿薩姆

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes bold, honey, dried fruit

    漢字 日月潭蜜香紅茶, 阿薩姆

    origin Yuchi, Taiwan

    craft twisted, mi xiang

    flavor notes bold, honey, dried fruit

    One of four Formosa Reds from a tea garden located just outside Yu-chih Village, in the hills surrounding Sun Moon Lake, Nantou County, Taiwan. This is a pure-stock Assam, brought to Taiwan in the first half of the 20th century by the colonial Japanese in an effort to develop a...


  • Peppermint Rose
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    漢字 薄荷玫瑰

    flavor notes peppermint, rose

    One of our more popular herbals, Peppermint Rose is a very simple blend of peppermint leaves and rose petals. The inspiration came from mint teas from Morocco that are sometimes served with a few drops of rose water. Peppermint Rose is exceptionally fine - we recommend brewing in an infuser,...


  • 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...


  • 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

    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...


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