This exceptionally smooth tea is organically cultivated in the northern extreme of Thailand, near the Golden Triangle. In this region, abundant rainfall and consistently warm temperatures create some of the most verdant tea gardens in the world. Harvested Hong Cha leaves dry in the shade before being hand rolled into twisted strands. The richly-colored cup has a velvety mouthfeel that imparts mild fruit and honey flavors, and shows more restraint compared to the Midnight Pearl Oolong tea.
This black tea is a rarity from the Himalayan corridor in eastern Nepal. Organically cultivated in very high altitude at a family-run garden, the tea is composed of young leaves that are dried, then roasted for added character. The resulting amber-hued cup is highly aromatic and reveals an earthy character. This is a gorgeous tea from leaf to cup. Available in limited quantities.
The Silver Needle is the most highly prized of white teas. Produced in the mountainous province of Fujian in China, a region famed for white teas, only the youngest tea buds are plucked, then naturally dried under the sun. The minimal processing results in a subtle infusion with just a touch of sweetness and an ultra soft finish. An exquisite tea for special occasions.
The best of the best. Translated as "Jewel Dew," this organically cultivated, hand-made tea is regarded as one of the finest in Japan. Gyokuro tea leaves are shaded from the sun for weeks before harvesting. The resulting emerald green tea leaves produce a highly complex, yet pefectly balanced, cup with subtle hints of sweet grass. This particular variety, grown in a garden in the Wakayama district south of Osaka, is the best we've tasted. Note that Gyokuro tea should steep at lower temperatures than typical green teas. Quantities are very limited.
Honey Grasshopper is a specialty tea cultivated in the breathtaking Hualien district of Taiwan. Native grasshoppers favor these young leaves, and their saliva reacts with the tea plant to produce its signature combination of floral and honey notes. This tea is full-bodied with a silky texture from start to finish.
The Pearl Oolong is an extraordinary tea. A rarity from the Taitung region in southeastern Taiwan, the tea is carefully plucked and rolled by hand. The combination of an ideal microclimate and extra long oxidation period imparts notes of dried apricot to an absolutely plush body. The distinct character of this tea will leave a lasting impression, even on later infusions. We keep coming back to this one...staff favorite!
Situated in the emerald hills of Darjeeling, the renowned Singbulli Estate has been crafting world class teas for almost a century. The estate's teas are organically cultivated and fair trade certified. This rare variety is harvested in very limited quantities and made into an oolong of remarkable character. The result is a beautiful light copper cup with an incredibly floral profile that's silky smooth from start to finish.
This exceptional tea is grown at high altitude and processed by hand from start to finish. In contrast to traditional white teas, the White Cloud carries a fuller body and has a more pronounced flavor profile. A taste will reveal bright, floral notes with a silky finish. We highly recommend this tea for those looking for a more expressive white tea.
Experience the sublime in this set featuring our rare teas, all organically cultivated. You will sample a full spectrum of tasting profiles, ranging from the feathery soft notes of the Nepalese White Cloud to the umami packed Gyokuro. Each tea is impeccably balanced in its own way. Try the best here.