Tea drinkers have individual preferences when it comes to brewing that perfect cup. Some prefer a robust cup of tea, while others are content to sip a more delicate brew. Some prefer single steeping, while others swear by the traditional "Gong Fu" style of multiple steepings. Each cup of tea can be created with a unique flavor profile by varying the quantity of leaf used, the quality and temperature of water, and the length of steeping. The tea drinker decides his or her desired experience after some experimentation.
While your individual preferences will ultimately guide you to brew that magical cuppa over and over again, a good foundation in the form of fresh, single origin, premium grade whole leaves is a must. We specialize in bringing you teas that will ensure you are on the right track to make your tea experience a memorable one!
Most teas taste better fresh. That is the simple fact of the matter. Fresh teas also have pleasing aromas. As with most things cultivated, tea will spoil over time. Stale tea is deficient in both taste and aroma. The greater the length of time between production and consumption, the higher the risk of degradation.
Taste and aroma aside, from a health perspective, during storage, tea phytochemicals - the good stuff deemed to be beneficial - interact with ambient oxygen and moisture in the immediate atmosphere, and are susceptible to fluctuations in light and temperature. Even the most carefully planned and executed storage of tea cannot fully guard against Mother Nature! Factor in the historically complex tea supply chain and it is not uncommon for tea to sit in storage for several months before consumption.
The solution, quite simply, is to make tea available for consumption soon after production. And that is precisely what we do. By sourcing directly from each estate we are able to bypass the myriad middlemen who for years have entrenched themselves firmly in the supply chain. The result is fresh, premium tea at a fair value.
In a world where blends flavored with exotic fruits and indulgent desserts are fast permeating the tea landscape, we choose to offer tea the way nature intended.
By single origin we mean each tea can be traced to a unique estate that over the years has mastered the production of that specific tea. The terroir of a particular estate greatly influences the taste profile and aroma of the tea it produces. The chemical composition of the earth, the mineral content of the water the plants absorb, the elevation the tea is grown at, the micro climate the estate experiences, the surrounding flora and fauna - these are just some of the elements that combined comprise the terroir. It is the harmonious co-existence of this vast array of elements that makes each single origin tea unique. We want you to taste the estate with each cup.
Our teas are sourced from a carefully curated list of estates. We tell you the origin, the harvest month, the grade of tea you are drinking, and other relevant details because we believe in transparency. As consumers ourselves, we are curious to know what we are consuming. Why should we treat you any differently?
Our selection of teas are whole leaf, produced using the labor intensive Orthodox method of tea production as opposed to the CTC method (crush-tear-curl) which results in mechanically processed teas.
There is little doubt that the intact leaf yields a more complex cup of tea with subtle nuances waiting to be unearthed with each sip. Generally, intact leaves appear tightly rolled and wiry with significantly less surface area than their broken leaf counterparts. On contact with water, whole leaves begin to unfurl and release the flavors they have been carefully guarding. Due to the reduced surface area, whole leaf teas will infuse at a slower rate thereby allowing the drinker to control the strength and ultimate taste of the brew.
Whole leaf teas also withstand the toll of storage much better. This, once again, is largely due to their reduced surface area. The flavor of the tea is better retained due to limited interaction between the wiry leaf and the surrounding atmosphere.