China

China is considered the birthplace of tea. Tea history in China is so rich and complex it can be difficult to separate fact from myth. The most popular founding myth is recounted from 2737 when Emperor Shen Nong, the “Divine Emperor,” put some water on to boil and fell asleep. Some leaves fell into the pot and when we awoke he tried the water and found it bitter tasting but realized the stimulating effect it had on him. Tea was not always prepared as we know it. Three dynasties represent the three ages of Chinese tea: the Tang dynasty (brick/powder/soup) from 618-907; the Song dynasty (leaves/beaten/whipped) from 960-1279 and; the Ming dynasty (brewed) from 1368-1644. The Qing dynasty, from 1644-1914, is responsible for the naming of prestigious teas known today. Today, China produces all six types of tea with many unique growing regions and terroirs.

As Chinese cultures have evolved so have different ways of cultivating and drinking tea. One thing, however, remains the same…tea is an essential part of everyday life.

Loose leaf tea is sold by the ounce. If you want more than one ounce, simply increase the number.

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  1. China Jasmine "Moli Hua Cha" Scented Green Tea
  2. China Lapsang Souchong Smoked Black Tea
  3. China Monkey King "Taiping Houkui" Green Tea
  4. China Pearl Gunpowder "Zhu Cha" Green Tea
  5. China Shou Mei "Longevity Eyebrow" White Tea
  6. Chaina Scary Fragrance "Xia Sha Ren Xiang" Black Tea
  7. China Rooster Sheng Pu-er 2017 100g Bing
  8. China Sticky Rice Tuo-cha Shou Pu-er Tea
  9. China Sweet Clarity Sheng Pu-er 2016 100g Bing
  10. China Bulang Sheng Pu-er 2015 Bing 100g
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