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Tea Sourcing - Gyokuro "Jade Dew"

Tea Sourcing - Gyokuro "Jade Dew"

Classification: Gyokuro Kagoshima, organically grown.
Cultivar: Yabukita
Origin: Japan, Fukuoka prefecture, Kagoshima, Kirishima
Grade: Grand Cru, Exquisite
Dried Leaf: The beautiful dark green leaves are extremely shiny, needle like and differ in shape and length. They give a delicate scent of lilies, mangoes, chestnuts and herbs with under-notes of eucalyptus and pepper.
Infused Leaf: Infusion turns the leaves into vivid green and dense paste with strong & sweet green vegetal aroma.
Liquor: The cloudy, pistachio green cup releasing an aroma of steamed green vegetables, thyme & butter. The liquid is extremely rich and creamy, fresh and delicate with generous notes of mixed fresh herbs like...


Tea Sourcing – Bai Hao Yin Zhen “Silver Needle” Superior

Tea Sourcing – Bai Hao Yin Zhen “Silver Needle” Superior

Classification: Bai Hao Yin Zhen “Silver Needle” Superior - White tea
Cultivar: Da Bai
Origin: China, Fujian province, Ningde prefecture, Fuding city
Grade: Unique, Rare, Grand Cru
Leaf: Large, needle like buds of a soft green colour, covered by silver hairs. Gentle floral aroma of orchids, tulips and wild flowers mingles with herb spiciness – mint, thyme and clove. The buds are soft and fluffy on touch.
Infused leaf: Beautiful silvery-jade buds releasing an aroma of clove, orchid and asparagus.
Liquor: Light, soft and clear moonstone gem like liquid. Deliciously smooth, delicate and harmonious cup with notes of wild flowers, orchids, sweet vanilla, honeydew melon...


Tea sourcing – batch N.240 Pu Erh Teas – Sun-Dried Purple Buds Wild Pu Erh

Tea sourcing – batch N.240 Pu Erh Teas – Sun-Dried Purple Buds Wild Pu Erh

Classification: Sun-Dried Purple Buds Wild Pu Erh 2018 - Sheng “Raw” dark tea or white tea?
Cultivar: Ye Sheng
Origin: China, Yunnan, Dehong
Grade: Magnificent, Exquisite
Leaf: Beautiful medium-sized purple-yellow and green buds, resembling the appearance of a dragon tail, giving off the fragrance of passion fruit, fennel and black pepper.
Infused leaf: Infused buds are of reddish-green colour with intense notes of apricot, hay and parsley.
Liquor: The cup has a vibrant apricot colour. The mouth-feel is complex, rich and creamy, offering a fresh aroma of apricots, black pepper and clove. The liquid is juicy and smooth with sweet-sour notes of mangoes, lychee fruits and...


Tea Sourcing – Batch N.240 – Moonlight & Snow Chrysanthemum Buds Dragon Ball – Hand Made

Tea Sourcing – Batch N.240 – Moonlight & Snow Chrysanthemum Buds Dragon Ball – Hand Made

Classification: Moonlight & Snow Chrysanthemum Buds Dragon Ball Spring 2017- white tea with Chrysanthemum flowers – hand made
Cultivar: Yunnan Da Ye
Origin: China, Yunnan province, Pu Erh – Simao Prefecture, Jinggu county
Grade: Outstanding, Supreme

Leaf: Beautifully rolled small greenish-brown balls with silver tips and imprinted crimson flowers. Floral aroma is mingling with an aroma of fresh zest, dried fruits and sultanas.
Infused leaf: After first infusion (in a Gaiwan – cup with lid) and the tea is still in a perfect ball shape. It takes up to 5 infusions to get these tea leaves to freely float! Amazing :) The aroma is...


Tea sourcing batch n.239 - Teas from Japan - Gyokuro Yame

Tea sourcing batch n.239 - Teas from Japan - Gyokuro Yame

We always source teas very carefully! No matter what kind of tea it is or for who it is.
With our ruthless eyes, sinister noses and intense taste buds we take our job seriously. We take NO excuses, No political sides, No influence from previously excellent plantations or batches, No influence from famous legends, famous locations or even price in consideration. Our minds are clear as the sky (not Scottish!) and our tasting sheets are empty..... awaiting the verdicts.
We briefly scan the dried leaves first and smell the fragrance, yet we know not to conclude all our hopes, wishes...