Our first 2012 China teas have arrived!

March 30, 2012

Yesterday the delivery man lugged 5 large boxes of tea into the store. When he asked us what was in them, and we said TEA he looked unimpressed. I didn’t have the heart to tell him how many more of these boxes he will be bringing us in the next few weeks.

So, now, finally, the long winter wait is over! The China spring tea harvest is beginning in earnest.

In Western China teas from Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces are coming to market quickly and in great abundance. Eastern China tea regions are beginning to buzz with energy as the demands of the harvest increase each day.

Our first teas to arrive again this year are from Yunnan. Our ever-popular, fresh, sweet-tasting,and slender Yunnan Spring Buds are back (did I mention reasonably priced ? ) and this year we will have a sweet, flavorsome modern-style Yunnan Bai Mudan white tea once again. This is one of the prettiest we have ever had, and something delicious for the fans of last year’s Yue Guang Bai. We have missed this tea so it is good to have it back again.We expect our first shipments of eastern China green teas about April 5th, or early the following week. All will be pre-Qing Ming teas (early harvest teas that have been picked before April 5th).

Watch for:

  • Longjing: Meijiawu Village, Xi Hu Region
  • Longjing: Xin Chang County
  • Fo Cha
  • early Fujian whites
  •  Gan Lu
  • Mengding Mountain Huang Ya (our stone-sweet, mineraly, sensational yellow tea from Sichuan)

And, our first shipments of 2012 1st Flush Darjeelings should be in the store by the tax day!