Our 2013 Longjings are Here

Our 2013 Longjings are here!


We have three famous Longjings from authentic harvesting areas –

After some delays in customs, and other minor issues with shipping, our Longjing teas are here. This year we had the opportunity to purchase Longjing from 3 of the 4 authentic tea harvesting areas: Shi Feng, Meijiawu Village and Weng-jia Shan.

Being able to taste these three choice Longjings in a comparative tasting is a rare opportunity for those interested in tasting the effects of terroir. Or in this case, the subtle difference / similarity of same-name products made from different farms using the same tea making techniques within the same region.

Because of the effects of terroir on the final characteristics of tea grown within the region, all of these teas are similar but different to one another. All have the expected Longjing  appearance and leaf style – some are greener, some have more slightly elongated leaf and bud plucks, some have a bit more early spring ‘down’ on the leaf, etc. but all are easily identified as what they are. The flavors, while each unique, have a core taste in common that marks them as Longjing.

These differences between these 3 teas is small, not big; subtle, not overblown. It is a matter of degrees in the sweetness and toastiness, and the amount of mouth feel, intensity of the flavor and the length and strength of the finish. These Longjings present the tea drinker with lovely variations of a elegant theme.

Like a Bordeaux wine tasting, one can conduct a tea tasting of our 2013 Longjings and happily ruminate on the results with a group of like-minded tea enthusiasts.


2013 Chinese Green Teas & 1st Flush Darjeelings

closeup of tea leafFresh Chinese and India Darjeeling tea from the 2013 spring harvest is pouring in through the doors. One of our shipments of Chinese tea was held for 10 days in customs, but was released in tact and delivered to us the following day. So other than excessive worry over the fact that we did not have possession of the tea, it all worked out just fine.

Each year, when it is time to order new tea from the samples we have been sent, we place different orders on different days according to what teas have become available. No matter how we do this, the tea gods always plot to have the tea arrive all at once, creating a happy chaos of boxes and bags.

What do we do when there is tea everywhere? First, we open the boxes and bags and visually examine the tea. Steep a pot and taste each tea to make sure the right tea was sent. Take photos of each tea for the website, price the tea, put the photos on our website, label a container for the store shelf, re-seal the bags and put the tea away in a logical place in the warehouse. Everything must be done ASAP for both for the web and store.

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So what new tea has arrived so far?

2013 China:

2013 Darjeeling, India: