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The late celebrated Shifeng Longjing tea master Weng Shangyi showing the Longjing quntizhong tea bushes in his garden. Many of them are over 50 years old. The Weng family has been making tribute tea in this area for generations.

How do Heirloom Tea Cultivars Affect the Price of Tea?

Understanding Quntizhong: China’s Heirloom Tea Plants Among the wide variety of available tea cultivars, where do heirloom plants fit in? The specific variety of tea plant used to make any tea has a big influence on the final product. All of the hundreds of tea cultivars in existence have their own distinct flavors, aromas, and… // MORE


Spring Harvest 2020: Holding to Core Values in an Uncertain World

Close up of four freshly plucked sprigs of Shi Feng Long Jing green tea with one bud and two leaves, held in someone's fingertips.

The best of the Chinese green teas have arrived in Tucson. Spring is always an exciting time for us. We love green tea, and as a category, it is our best seller. Along with our green tea, our best yellow and white teas are also arriving. This year has given us a chance to validate… // MORE


The Complex Identity of Yue Guang Bai “White Moonlight”

A compressed round cake of white moonlight tea

Yue Guang Bai (White Moonlight) is one of the most beloved teas in our catalog. Yet despite its popularity, it seems to be a difficult tea to categorize.  Is it sheng puer? Its Yunnan origins and its tangy, herbaceous aromatics suggest it could be. It lacks sheng puer’s typical astringency, though. Is it white tea?… // MORE