White teas are as close as most of us come to simply steeping a freshly plucked tea leaf in our cups, and Bai Hao Yin Zhen has earned our adoration as both an exceedingly pleasant drink, and the original white tea born of China’s Fujian province. Produced from only furled leaf buds and plucked over a short period in Spring, “White Hair Silver Needle” is a prized and truly artisanal tea the world over.
When it comes to Bai Hao Yin Zhen, there are few teas like it. Tightly wrapped buds form the downy spires that earn this tea its name. A clean fragrance carrying floral scents accompanies the leaf, strong and clear for an otherwise delicate tea. It steeps to a pale golden liquor, that tastes uniquely sweet and silky without being overly subtle. What we love most about this tea, however, is the texture of the cuppa – buttery, smooth, and possessing a satisfying viscosity we often associate with richer teas. All in all, this brews an elegant cuppa that lives up to its reputation.
Pairs well with delicate charcuterie plates, sunrise, and appreciating all on its own
Steep Time: 160°-170° for 2-3 minutes (multiple infusions)
China is steeped (pun intended) in history and fable when it comes to chá, or tea, as its country of origin. For the vast majority of the world’s tea drinkers, they’re not only referred to to Chinese tea when they speak of the drink, but of green and oolong varieties – not black, which became vastly more popular in the west simply because it could survive the long journeys of trade missions. The sheer diversity in these lightly oxidized teas is staggering, however, and each one truly unique.
Our Chinese collection contains prime examples of Imperial teas, the teas fabled to have been reserved only for consumption by Emperors across China’s history – sometimes referred to as the Emperor’s Ten Teas or China’s Famous Teas. Longjing (Dragonwell) and Liu An Gua Pian (Melon Seed) are greens of great contrast, comparing nutty sweetness versus a very floral, clean cuppa. Ti Kuan Yin (Iron Goddess) and our Mount Wuyi Qilan are drastically different oolongs, with the former revered aromatic drink that endures much resteeping versus a dark, toasty oolong featuring mineral elements and an underlying sweetness. This bundle includes four small-sized canisters of:
Also known as “Longjing,” Dragonwell teas are renowned the world over, and for good reason. Produced in the Zhejiang province of China, this ancient green tea is an elegant flat leaf that brews to silky smooth cuppa. Called “Imperial” after the tea’s status among Chinese Emperors, our Dragonwell has a mellow sweetness with a nutty finish, and is both of high grade and organically produced.
Genmaicha is one of those teas that either you love, or you stare at in confusion. This blend mixes high-grade Japanese bancha with gloriously nutty toasted rice – often called “popcorn tea” for its unique appearance, we just call it good eats.
This tea has a roasted, toasty flavor from the rice, and drink exceedingly smoothly; a mellow and nuanced cuppa. As it brews up rather substantial, it makes for a perfect mid-day drink in between meals, and pairs up with traditional Asian-style meals like a champion.
Pairs well with noodles, rice, salty foods, and movie-night popcorn.
Our Jasmine Monkey King is a scented green tea, left to mingle with freshly cut jasmine flower blossoms and absorb their aroma. Each batch of jasmine tea requires patience, as the tea is left to rest with the blossoms for several hours a day, a repeated process that can take weeks!
We enjoy this tea for its strength and balance. Our offering has the bright, powerful aromatics of jasmine as any such tea should, but without overwhelming the senses. In the cup, the flowers play off of quality green tea, gifting the drinker with a sweetly brisk cuppa accented with floral that shares the stage, rather than fill it!
Pairs well with vegetarian dishes, delicate desserts, and served as a killer iced tea!
A high-grade Sencha green tea, the most popular and prolific of teas in Japan. We’ve infused this with bright citrus flavors, producing a refreshing and crisp tea. Sweet lemon and gentle grassy notes make for a tasty cuppa, and like many of our flavored teas, it’s balanced to taste glorious whether piping hot or iced.
Pairs well with fruit and fish
Steep Time: 160°-180° for 3 minutes
Green tea, marigold petals, lemon peel and lemon flavor
Consistently regarded as one of China’s Ten Great Teas, Liu An Gua Pian is a hardy and unique green. Steeping into a rich cuppa, this tea boasts a smooth drink, pleasant floral accents, and a lack of astringency, making it a tea that’s easy to drink and easier to love.
Inspired by the complex tea cultures of northwestern Africa, our Moroccan Mint combined high quality mint leaves and pingshui gunpowder into a refreshing drink that doesn’t overwhelm the natural flavor of the tea. This perfect blend balances crisp mint flavors and aroma with our Temple of Heaven green tea into a treat that can be served hot or iced. For a more traditional flair, brew with a touch of sugar, and pour into cups with fresh mint leaves.
Pairs well with spicy foods, chicken dishes, and ice cream
Sweetly balanced green tea paired with the essence of summer plums and early-autumn pears. This tea is something of a creature comfort for us; it’s fruity fragrance and colorful bouquet tend to make it a prize we fight over. This tea drinks smooth, be it hot or iced, with a lingering fruit finish.
Pairs well with rice dishes, dessert, and fish
Steep Time: 160°-180° for 3 minutes
Green tea, safflowers, marigolds, plum and pear flavor
Often mistranslated as “pinhead,” Pingshui (aka: Temple of Heaven) gunpowder is a common variety of Chinese green tea, so named by visitors to Asia for the rolled tea’s resemblance to explosive powders. This tea unfurls from its pellets during steeping, resulting in the pleasantly grassy, lightly floral cuppa most people associate green tea with.