In the course of curating our subscription boxes, we sometimes come across absolutely phenomenal teas that are simply too expensive for our monthly boxes. We've decided to make these elite teas available to you here.
Global Tea Championship Winner 1st Place, Green Jasmine
Named after the alluring scent of jasmine blossoms on moonlit summer evenings, this gorgeous green tea sets a new bar for aromatic elegance.
Moonlight Jasmine is made from pure spring harvest buds which are left in their natural, slightly twisted shape instead of being rolled into a pearl.
One sip and you'll see why it's one of our most expensive teas.
Ingredients: Organic green tea with jasmine. Origin: Yunnan, China Caffeine: MED
Himalayan Golden Black
Global Tea Championship Winner 1st Place Winner, Black Tea
Himalayan Golden Black was a 1st Place Winner of the highly-competitive "Black Tea" category of the Global Tea Championship Awards. It is truly an outstanding black tea that reflects all of nature's goodness in a cup.
This highly sought after black tea is crafted by Himalayan monsoons and the fertile soils of Sandakphu in eastern Nepal. It's one of those small pockets of the world where the conditions are perfect for tea growing. After plucking, the leaves are 25 percent withered, then rolled in mechanical rollers. The tea is then placed in a shaping machine and further dried, producing uniformly curled leaves.
Tea producers from around the world came to this small artisan farm in Nepal to see how it was done.
Like a fine wine, this tea has a lovely balance of flavors: toasty and malty, with notes of stonefruit and honey. We're so lucky to get it and can't wait to share it with you!
Ingredients: Black tea. Origin: Sandakphu, Ilam, Eastern Nepal Caffeine: MED-HIGH
Imperial Grade Laoshan Black
Imperial Grade Laoshan Black is the highest grade version of the already high grade Classic Laoshan Black.
This tea comes from the small family farm of the Liang family where all the growing and processing is done on site, under their strict control, to produce the highest quality result.
What separates this tea from the Classic Laoshan Black is that it's produced from the smallest tippy materials of the tea plants, which are hand selected one leaf at a time during the picking process and set aside for this small batch of tea.
This tea starts its growth under the protection of a greenhouse in the winter and early spring, then it's exposed to direct sunlight until picking season starts in late April to early May.
This tea is wonderfully sweet and thick, with notes of cane sugar and chocolate.
One of our favorites!
April 2021 Harvest.
Ingredients: Black tea Origin: Shandong, China Caffeine: HIGH
Annapurna Amber Oolong
Tea Championship Winner 2nd Place, Dark Oolong
Plucked from the Annapurna Massif in the Himalayas, this tea is slowly oxidized in cold air then double fired, creating a sublime winner.
A stunning Darjeeling-style oolong, these notes of delicious malted caramel and muscat grape with apricot will leave you soothed and invigorated.
Annapurna is Sanskrit for "Goddess of the Harvests," making this tea worthy of its name.
Ingredients: Oolong tea. Origin: Ilam region, Nepal Caffeine: MED
Named after Mount Everest, or "Sagarmartha" to the Nepalese, this stunning black tea is unlike any other. Tender buds are carefully plucked at 7,000 feet and naturally oxidized, resulting in a heady bouquet with a rich and chocolatey taste full of honey maple notes. Toasted almond hangs on the finish, creating a complex tea that is best appreciated in its pure form.
Sagarmatha Gold is one of our personal favorite black teas. It is not a strong bold black tea like an Assam, but rather a very well-balanced, fragrant, light black tea with notes of toasty bread and natural sweet honey.
Sagarmatha Gold ranked first in an international tea tasting held at Mount Everest Base Camp in April 2018.
Ingredients: Black tea. Origin: Sumbek, Illam, Nepal Caffeine: MED-HIGH
Yunnan Purple Buds
Yunnan Purple Buds is a premium lot of the rare purple leaf tea cultivar called Zi Juan ("Purple Beauty"). Zi Juan is high in anthocyanin, an antioxidant, giving the leaves their purple color.
This unique black tea, from an exceptionally well-maintained organic tea garden in Yunnan, is one of our absolute favorites. Sweet, spicy, and slightly bitter, Yunnan Purple Buds is a purple tea unlike any other.
Spring 2021 Harvest.
Ingredients: Black tea Origin: Yunnan, China Caffeine content: MED-HIGH
Manaslu Mountain Spring Tippy Black
Grown in the high elevations of the Himalayas comes this very high quality black tea cultivated to perfection from young leaf buds patiently oxidized in fresh mountain air.
Manaslu translates to "mountain of the spirit", and at first sip this delicate tea uplifts and calms the palate with notes of sweet grass, wild honey, and spring vegetables freshly picked from the garden.
Spring 2020 harvest.
Ingredients: Black tea. Origin: Samagaun, Nepal Caffeine: MED
Sandakphu Silver White Tea
Sandakphu Silver is a classic Nepali white tea with downy silver tipped leaves and an elegant, silky mouthfeel. To create this fine tea, one leaf and one bud are picked during the spring harvest and dried under the moonlight.
Nepali white teas have shown to be higher in antioxidants than teas from other countries. Sandakphu Silver has a fresh, fruity aroma with notes of stone fruit with a satisfying, nutty finish.
2020 monsoon season harvest.
Ingredients: Black tea. Origin: Eastern Nepal Caffeine: LOW-MED
King of Duck Shit Aroma Dan Cong Oolong
Villagers in the Phoenix Mountains are responsible for the hilarious name of this tea. In trying to protect their fabulous tea bushes, they told outsiders that the yellowy brown soil the bushes grew in was colored that way due to an excessive amount of “duck shit”, hence keeping their precious tea leaves all to themselves!
In actuality, this oolong steeps to a beautiful flowery cup with notes of honey, and also holds on to its flavor through many steeps. And you’ll most likely get to keep your stash all to yourself!
Spring 2020 Harvest.
Ingredients: Black tea Origin: Guangdong province, China Caffeine content: MED
Feng Qing China Red
Made from two varietals, this Assamica/Shui Xian hybrid is a vibrant and distinguished black tea with a unique flavor profile. It’s strong, malty, and robust, but leaves very little astringency and no bitterness on the palate, and its delightful chocolate finish is the cherry on top.
A total pleasure and a real treat for a black tea lover.
April 2020 Harvest.
Ingredients: Black tea Origin: Yunnan, China Caffeine: MED-HIGH
Yunnan Zhu Ye Qing Green Tea - Spring 2021 Harvest
This premium small-leaf varietal was picked in the first flush of spring 2020 high up in the mountains of Simao county.
Its distinct umami taste brings a delicious richness to the lingering vegetal notes, and it’s one of the most well-rounded green teas we’ve come across. We recommend steeping it in a clear pot to fully enjoy how its leaves line up vertically as it steeps.
Late February 2020 Harvest.
Ingredients: Green tea. Origin: Yunnan, China Caffeine: LOW-MED
First Flush "Competition Grade" Laoshan Green Tea
Picked at the chilly beginning of spring, this beauty comes from Laoshan village, where tea has been grown for generation after generation. We love all of the teas from Laoshan, but this one in particular is a perfectly balanced green tea with mouthwatering umami notes. Sweet but savory with a fresh and vegetal profile, this tea is sure to please.
March 2020 Harvest.
Ingredients: Green tea Origin: Shandong, China Caffeine: LOW
Imperial Xinyang Mao Jian Green Tea of Henan
This green tea is quite famous in China, even making it to their top ten list, with a history of more than 2300 years! Harvested in mid spring, it has a classic green tea profile with green grass notes and an underlying sweetness, with that delicious umami finish we’ve come to love in Chinese green teas. Be sure to steep it at the correct temperature so its leaves don’t burn.
March 2020 Harvest.
Ingredients: Green tea. Origin: Hennan, China Caffeine: LOW-MED
Winter Snowflake Duck Shit Aroma Dan Cong Oolong
Don’t worry- this tea’s name comes from the savviness of the villagers in the area.
Wanting to guard their tea bushes, they told outsiders that the color of the soil was due to “copious amounts of duck shit”.
In truth, this tea brews to a gorgeous and sophisticated fruity-floral aroma with a rich and wonderful creaminess.
Winter 2020 Harvest
Ingredients: Oolong tea. Origin: Guangdong, China Caffeine: MED
Bai Ye Varietal Dan Cong Black Tea
From a small northern village in Guangdong comes this exquisitely crafted black tea. Oozing with a thick nectar-like quality, this tea brews to a pure and deeply satisfying cup full of sophisticated character.
Its notes of honey and aromas of fresh spring flowers carry on throughout multiple infusions, making this one a real bang for your buck.
March 2020 Harvest
Ingredients: Black tea Origin: Guangdong, China Caffeine: MED-HIGH
Yunnan Jade Pillar White Tea - Spring 2021 Harvest
This fine white tea is made from the highest grade leaves available, resulting in an impossibly smooth, clean and refreshing taste.
Warming the palate with a toasted nuttiness while providing a delightfully fruity aroma, Jade Pillar really showcases the art of tea production at its finest.
Spring 2021 Harvest
Ingredients: White tea. Origin: Fujian, China Caffeine: LOW-MED
Jing Gu White Pekoe Silver Needles
This beautiful white tea is straight from the first flush of the spring harvest.
Its leaves have been slightly wilted, then dried through a warm wind tunnel, resulting in downy buds and a sweet finish with notes of sugarcane and lychee.
Perfect for the white tea lover!
Ingredients: White tea. Origin: Yunnan, China Caffeine: LOW-MED