An open black yixing teapot filled with dry rock wulong tea leaves, set on a tray and surrounded by a pitcher, cup, and vase with a small plant.

Chasing persistent excellence: 2021 Rock Wulong is here.

Newsletter Archive Nov. 12, 2021 Like a cold snap of autumn, new Wuyi rock wulong is here. This weekend, we’re featuring three of our personal favorites from the new crop: Ba Xian (Eight Immortals), Rougui (Cassia Bark), and Que She (Sparrow’s Tongue). Toasty, sweet and complex. It’s what you need for the back porch. The… // MORE


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Puer tea from way off the beaten path

Newsletter Archive Nov. 5, 2021 New puer teas just arrived, including several new additions to our catalog of sheng puer cakes: Xiaohuzhai 2019, Xinbanzhang 2019, and Jingmaishan (Jingmai Mountain) 2007. There’s even more new stuff on the site and there’s limited stock of a few old favorites too, including Youleshan 2007, Daxueshan 2012, and the… // MORE


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Two Zhejiang teas, 20 years of memories.

Newsletter Archive Oct. 15, 2021 People often ask us which tea is our personal favorite. Depending on the day and which one of us is talking, you’ll get one of 100 different answers. This may seem like a cop-out, but we drink it all. If we don’t like it, how could we expect you to… // MORE




A man holding a large round bamboo tray and lightly tossing the tea leaves on it. Many more such trays rest on vertical racks in the background.

Who wrote the book on Rock Wulong?

Newsletter Archive Sep. 17, 2021 This weekend we’re featuring Shui Jin Gui (Golden Water Turtle) and Tie Luo Han (Iron Monk), two classics of Wuyi Rock Wulong. Both were produced by the tea workshop of the great Liu Guoying and finished with a traditional charcoal roasting. If one person deserves the title “Tea Master” it’s… // MORE





Three porcelain lotus dishes holding the dry leaves of three different green teas.

You’re alive during the golden age.

Newsletter Archive Aug. 27, 2021 Have you tasted this season’s green tea micro-lots? Now is a good time to try them. We still have Mountain Forest Huangshan Maofeng, Yu Qian Mogan Green, and Huang Jin Ye (Golden Leaf), all of which might not return next year. Believe it or not, teas like this haven’t been… // MORE



A man in matching blue smock and pants leaning over a slightly angled wok to expertly fry fresh rock wulong tea leaves by hand.

Make good tea. Keep a cool head.

Newsletter Archive Aug. 13, 2021 This weekend enjoy 20% off of three of our favorite rock wulongs, Ba Xian (Eight Immortals), Shuixian (Narcissus), and Laocong Shuixian (Old Bush Narcissus). Rock wulongs are good companions in summer rain storms. Their character is not far off from a grilled peach, that other summer delicacy: woodsy, fruity, sweet… // MORE



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What does it take to make the best Longjing tea?

Newsletter Archive Jul. 30, 2021 Tea making is a complicated art, all the more when we’re talking about famously complex teas like Longjing. Manuals written on Longjing almost always say that it takes 10 particular hand movements to shape this tea during its wok frying. How are these 10 movements learned? Zhuping once put this… // MORE


A person seated at a small workbench stacked high with finished small puer cakes, one by one wrapping them in paper and placing them on a wooden rack nearby.

Where were you 20 years ago? The modern journey of puer tea.

Newsletter Archive July 23, 2021   Puer teas stand a world apart from other styles. Their flavors uniquely complex, challenging and delicious. But Puer has only recently become the famous style that has tea enthusiasts worldwide hunting it down to explore its intricacies. Back in the summer of 2000, Austin found himself exploring Yunnan itself.… // MORE


A man leaning over a table to sprinkle handfuls of fresh tea buds over the ventilated table's surface.

Meet Tongmu’s newest oldest black tea maker.

Newsletter Archive Jul. 16, 2021 The new 2021 crop of the world’s oldest black tea is here: the delicately pine-smoked Tongmu Lapsang Souchong. Also in stock is a small lot of 2021 Tongmu Zui Chun Fang (Drunken Peach), a new approach to black tea made with slow and gradual oxidation techniques borrowed from Wulong tea… // MORE



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Where is the hardest place to source tea in China?

Newsletter Archive July 1, 2021 Where is the hardest place to source tea in China? If you ask us, it’s Anxi County, Fujian. A bundle of teas from this challenging provenance just arrived, including the much-anticipated Tieguanyin White Tea and the first Anxi Wulongs of the year, Golden Guanyin and Monkey Picked. This weekend you… // MORE


A woman standing in a traditional Chinese teahouse, smiling and holding up two glass pitchers filled with green tea side by side.

Missing our Friday tea tastings? Us too.

Newsletter Archive Jun. 25, 2021 Zhuping kept a weekly ritual for nearly 15 years. Every Friday afternoon, she hosted a tea tasting at our tea house. Her ritual not only let her taste a lot of tea, it introduced her to new friends. As an immigrant, getting to know her guests enriched her experience and… // MORE


Two people carrying large woven baskets climbing to the top of a mountain ridge dotted with tea bushes in the dawn light.

How does a whole mountain fit into a humble green tea?

Newsletter Archive Jun. 18, 2021 It’s hot. The antidote? A special micro-lot of green tea. Welcome Mountain Forest Huangshan Maofeng — a green tea born from cold spring mornings and largely untended tea bushes in a remote part of the Huangshan mountain range. You could say it took generations of tea makers to make this… // MORE


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A toast to the hard work of wulong tea.

Newsletter Archive Jun. 11, 2021 We’re taking a short pause from debuting 2021’s green, white, and yellow teas to show the darker wulongs some appreciation. According to the old Chinese agricultural calendar, now is just the right time to take a breath. We’re in the heart of Mangzhong, a solar term named for fruiting grain.… // MORE


A smiling couple standing in front of green tea trees.

Where would you go for love?

Newsletter Archive Jun. 4, 2021 Yang Guangqing had no idea how he was going to make a living in the backwoods of Youle Mountain. He was a city boy who had just left his home in Chongqing, the largest city in China, to the middle of the highland rainforest in Yunnan Province, and he’d done… // MORE



An older woman in an apron kneading tea leaves on a woven bamboo tray while a young woman holds the tray steady for her.

Yellow tea and a micro-lot three generations in the making.

Newsletter Archive May 21, 2021 The wind-blown hills of Moganshan were once a hideout for mythic swordsmiths, gangsters, and even Mao Zedong. Today, they’re home to the Zhao family tea farm. Here, three generations of female tea makers work together: Grandmother Wang Xiangzhen, Daughter Zhao Xianqin, and Granddaughter Zhang Xiaonan. The lives (and the life… // MORE


A pile of fresh single tea leaf pluckings for Lu An Gua Pian green tea on a woven bamboo tray.

Getting weird with Tai Ping Houkui and Lu’an Gua Pian

Newsletter Archive May 14, 2021 Something odd was going on at Anhui tea farms in the late 19th century. Communities of innovative tea makers, working in distant parts of the province, gave the world two of the strangest green teas ever produced: Tai Ping Houkui and Lu’an Gua Pian. These teas were not just unique… // MORE


A smiling older woman in an apron and carrying a woven basket for Guzhu Zisun green tea leaves, standing between tea bushes and some bamboo.

Have you met Purple Bamboo and The Grandma Squad?

Newsletter Archive May 7, 2021 Every year, just in time for Mother’s Day, we feature the fresh arrival of Guzhu Zisun (Purple Bamboo Shoot), a traditional green tea made by a squad of mothers and grandmothers. It’s only appropriate we continue. As of this year, the head of the operation, Ms. Pei Hongfeng, is now… // MORE


A tea plucker in a green rain coat walks down a narrow street between white buildings. The ground is wet with rain water. The figure carries a woven basket over one shoulder.

What spring tea are you dreaming of?

Newsletter Archive Apr. 30, 2021 2021 Ming Qian Anji Baicha (Early Harvest Anji) and Bi Luo Chun are here. Earlier this year, Zhuping found herself in a foot chase with our Bi Luo Chun maker. Zhuping ran behind Mr. Lu in the rainy streets of his village on Xishan island, calling after him, “Mr. Lu!… // MORE



Dry leaves of Silver Needle pouring out of a small porcelain dish onto a white surface, with a few pale pink flowers strewn around and out of focus.

Why are we discounting the freshest tea in North America?

Newsletter Archive Apr. 16, 2021 Fresh 2021 Baihao Yinzhen (Silver Needle) is here and for just this first weekend, we’re offering it to you at a discount. There’s something different about Baihao Yinzhen when it’s just been made. In the first few months after production, Silver Needle’s fresh hay and green fruit notes are at… // MORE