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New Arrivals - harvest 2022

New Arrivals presents a select group of spring harvest teas offering a taste of some of China’s finest early-pick, spring varieties and styles. Generally harvested before April 5th (Pre-Qing Ming) and certainly "before the rain" (Yu Qian), these Arrivals offer traditional & rare styles as well as early-spring "fresh teas" made to local customs of flavor and aroma. The pluck standard we seek is fine grade. Note, a number of our Arrivals are not made for export and often are made in limited quantities.

New Arrivals offers you a taste of a brief period for tea in spring. Explore and enjoy!

We will update New Arrivals as we receive shipments of new harvest teas in the coming months. 

  •  White Peony - Bai Mu Dan

    White Peony - Bai Mu Dan

    The FuAn area, in Fujian Province, is famous for its white tea made using the Da Hao cultivar. This white is one of the most natural of teas due to in its method of processing. Picked, withered, and dried, the leaves are presented as they naturally...
    Harvested wild - tastes of melon, grape, herbs

  • Aged White Peony Cake

    Aged White Peony Cake

    White teas made from cultivars in Fuding County have long been recognized as excellent choices for aging tea leaves and pressing into cakes. They taste great and age very well. This is a classic cake using leaves of the famous Da Hao cultivar. Cake is...
    Herbaceous, notes of sweet melon, light grassy flavor
  • Anji White - AnJi Bai

    Anji White - AnJi Bai

    Each harvest season this rare tea offers a special flavor experience. It is rich in amino acids, creating a rich umami flavor unusual for a Chinese green. In the 1980s, in a bamboo forest above the Huang Pu River in the mountains of Zhejiang Province,...
    Silky smooth mouth feel, rich "umami" flavor

  • Ben Shan oolong -  Source Mountain

    Ben Shan oolong - Source Mountain

    Arguably one of the more aromatic of the Tieguanyin-style or low-oxidized oolongs, Ben Shan or "Source Mountain" is a classic flowery-flavor tea that cups to an aroma and fragrance and body that will satisfy! Made with a comparatively small-leaf varietal...
    Fresh, light aromas, stone fruit & peachy taste.

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud

    This Meizhan cultivar is made to customs of processing known in China as "fresh tea" denoting it is made to local timing of harvest, proccessing and flavor profile. Not made to a standard and certainly varied in its taste each season, this tea well...
    Flavors of malt, chocolate & molasses!

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    Black No. 6

    The Fu'An area along the coast near the border with Zhejiang Province is mountainous and famous for its rich tasting white teas. The cultivars developed in these mountains over a period of hundreds of years, now produce a variety of green and black...
    Malty, sweet flavors of chocolate!

  • Dragon Well - Long Jing

    Dragon Well - Long Jing

    Dragon Well, in all its various grades, is known for 4 characteristics: a jade-like color, vegetative aroma, chestnut-like flavor and a feather-like shape. It is perhaps the best known of the Chinese teas. Our Lung Ching is a standard grade showing fresh...
    Clean vegetal flavor, toasty, naturally sweet notes

  • Drum Mountain Clouds & Mist - Mei Lan Chun

    Drum Mountain Clouds & Mist - Mei Lan Chun

    "Reminiscent of nectar from heaven with a rich finish and a lingering, sweet aftertaste." A famous tea buyer's comment after cupping. One of China's finest green teas,Mei Lan Chun is crafted with skills that are becoming increasingly rare in the tea...
    A perfect sweetness, full of flavors.

  • Drum Mountain White Cloud - Gu Shan Bai Yuan

    Drum Mountain White Cloud - Gu Shan Bai Yuan

    Grown at the higher elevations of the Guo Shan Mountains along the coast of Fujian Province, this tea was made popular by Buddhist monks who cultivated fields surrounding their monastery. In time, the tea became a source of revenue to support the...
    Flavors of honey, smooth, round mouth feel.

  • New Lot!

    Drunken Concubine - Zui Gue

    Drunken Concubine is named in recognition of the intoxicating flavors of a wonderful, high-grade Tieguanyin oolong. Grown in the AnXi Region of southern Fujian Proince, the cultivar is made to variegated shades of greens almost to blue with soft golden...
    Caresses the tongue with nectar-like flavors.
  • Empress Green - Lu Huanghou

    Empress Green - Lu Huanghou

    There is a class of teas harvested early in the spring & processed to local customs of appearance, flavor, and aroma. Typically made in small lots and rarely exported, these teas are often exceptional and offer a window into the great...
    "Fresh tea", strong, nuanced & refreshing

  • Golden Yunnan

    Golden Yunnan

    An outstanding red tea, Golden Yunnan, is crafted using thick first grade leaves and golden buds. When steeped, leaves open to a fragrant, russet-amber liquor. A wonderful breakfast tea and a refreshing, thirst-quenching black tea to be enjoyed all hours...
    Flavors of cocoa , carmalized sugar & spice

  • Green Snail Spring - Bi Luo Chun - First Grade

    Green Snail Spring - Bi Luo Chun - First Grade

    Bi Luo Chun - Green Snail Spring - embodies much of what is wonderful about the spring tea harvest. Perhaps no green tea cups to the rich flavors of the season as this one. Ours is a first-grade leaf harvested in a pluck in the first week of April before...
    Flavors - asparagus, chestnut, hints of peach

  • Green Snail Spring - Bi Luo Chun - Select Grade

    Green Snail Spring - Bi Luo Chun - Select Grade

    A vegetally sweet green tea harvesting early in the spring. This year's lot is pre-Qing Ming - picked in the first days of April. The leaf is a deep green color, curled and offering high white bud content. Our select or harvest grade...
    Fresh vegetally sweet, soft fruit flavor.

  • Hairy Crab - Mao Xie

    Hairy Crab - Mao Xie

    Wonderful, verdant oolong named for the downy hairs that cover its small and rounded leaf and the unfurling of the leaves as they steep. Locals on the coast of China relate this unfurling reminds them of  the legs of crabs as they swim. Hairy Crab...
    Delicious, fuity notes.

  • Honey Orchid

    Honey Orchid

    One of our most popular black tea offerings, this early-pick, large-leaf Mao Feng cultivar slowly turns from its green harvest colors to rich shades of gold and black. Then, at the right moment, the leaves are skillfully fired, creating a lush, naturally...
    Thick leaves open to lush, naturally sweet flavors.

  • Lapsang Souchong

    Lapsang Souchong

    A tea made famous by its story of origin and its early trading in the world market. Lapsang is made by withering tea leaves over open fires of fresh pine logs. Made in the WuYi Mountains, this is a tea that European tea traders loved and the Chinese...
    Decidedly smoky, robust & biscuity

  • Monkey Picked Tieguanyin

    Monkey Picked Tieguanyin

    Our "Monkey Picked" Tieguanyin was grown in the AnXi Region in southern Fujian Province, a region with a rich history of cultivating award-winning, world-class Tieguanyins. The region's terroir or "soils" - the farms' altitude, proximity of the sea,...
    Vibrant, fresh green colors, lush, floral & buttery

  • Rare Orchid - Qi Lan

    Rare Orchid - Qi Lan

    A high-mountain Oolong cultivar crafted to a black tea in the local style of the Fu'An area. This wonderful black opens to sweet notes of plums and grows to a delicious, sweet finish.  Lot Notes. Source is a farm located in...
    High aroma, sweet notes of plums, lush taste!