Outside of the core cultivation regions, tea is also grown in Southeast Asia and parts of Africa. Tea gardens in Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia primarily focus their production in black and green teas. The mountainous region of Thai Nguyen in northern Vietnam is especially renowned for its world class black teas.
Quality producers are steadily emerging in Kenya and Rwanda. Acidic soil and high elevation in parts of Rwanda make it unsuitable for crop farming, but perfect for tea cultivation. Improving infrastructure in recent years have made it possible for its growers to share their products with the world.
Rwanda is home to an emerging group of quality producers. Organically cultivated at very high altitude by a small cooperative, the leaves produce a cup with vegetal notes, reminiscent of leafy greens. This tea is geared towards drinkers who prefer lighter, more subtle flavors.
These Golden Tips are organically grown in the spectacular mountain ranges that line Vietnam's sparsely populated northern frontier. Although the craggy topography is unsuited for most forms of agriculture, its altitude and microclimate are ideal for cultivating tea. As its name implies, the tea features premium golden tips and produces a dark bronze colored cup. Its tasting profile is characterized by a medium body that yields flowery notes with a hint of sweetness.
This tasting of black teas will take you from the rolling hills of Darjeeling to the highlands of Thailand. Each offering in this set features distinctively different character. Both the Darjeeling and Assam are classic expressions from legendary estates, while the Himalayan Black offers a peek at the tantalizing potential of newer growing regions.
The Green Horizontal Tasting gives you a window to our favorite green teas. The set is anchored by traditional classics in Matcha Genmaicha and Sencha. Tasters will also sample the elevated complexity of Tamaryokucha and the signature bouquet of the Jasmine Pearls.
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.
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.