Year of the Rooster!

It's Chinese New Year and we start a Year of the Rooster and end a Year of the Monkey. People born in the Year of the Rooster are considered observant. Resourceful, courageous and talented, Roosters are very confident in themselves and they are hardworking. New Year traditions are colorful and plentiful.  Firecrackers are set off and Red Envelopes with Lucky Money are given to children. New Year Bells are rung and ancestors are remembered.

Each year, the New Year celebrations last for 7 - 10 days. Over 200 million Chinese are on the move to celebrate the New Year or Spring Festival. Train stations like the one below are packed to capacity.  The entire country is on the move. A family reunion dinner on New Year's Eve is a cherished occasion in China and family members travel long distances to continue this tradition. On the first day, Sons return...


 27 Jan, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

China Teas for Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year - The China Collection

Ring the Bells - it's Chinese New Year and the start of a Year of the Rooster.  To celebrate it, we're bringing out the best of our China Teas. The cup of kings and emperors, dynasties and kingdoms, China's teas span the entire range of leaf and style. They are fragrant, toasty, mellow, astringent, smokey or robust.  There's one for every mood and every occasion.  We offer you five days of celebration - each day a new tea and each day an opportunity to receive a FREE bonus tea.

Silver Tips Tea Online loose leaf tea China White Tea Collection

We begin with White Tea.  Known for its...


 27 Jan, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

In Praise of Organic Green Dew Tea

 17 Jan, 2017  |  Written by Dina Dunnings

Adding new teas - Green, Lily Yin Hao

Lily Yin Hao dry leaf Lily Yin Hao dry leaf[/caption] Lily Yin Hao was our pick today to be added to our China Green section.  Flowers have been used in China tea for years.  They include Chrysanthemum, Orchid, Osmanthus, Jasmine, Lily, Amaranth, Rose, Lotus and others.  Not only are they pleasing to the eye but they impart a subtle fragrance and taste to the cup. Although the term Yin Hao is more typically associated with Jasmine, it means 'silver hair' and this selection is a stylish, tightly twisted white-tipped green leaf with lily blossoms. [caption id="attachment_4846" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Lily Yin Hao infused leaf Lily Yin Hao infused leaf[/caption] We carry a wide variety of Greens - mellow, smoky, astringent, toasty - and our aim is to expand the category for our customers....


 18 Feb, 2015  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Adding new Teas - Oolong, Da Hong Pao

Da Hong Pao dry leaf
Da Hong Pao dry leaf[/caption]
We're adding Da Hong Pao to our Tea Menu.  We already have a good selection of Oolongs, a category that pleases just about everyone.  They're a wonderful accompaniment to food, soothing, uplifting and have an impressive variety.  We carry both China and Formosa Oolongs:
  • Ti Kwan Yin, both conventional and Organic
  • Wu Yi - smoky, long, curled - true to the translation of the word, Black Dragon
  • Milk Oolong - from our Reserve list
  • Formosa - our basic grade from this region
  • Oriental Beauty - White Tip Amber Oolong, also known as Bai Hao Oolong or Grand Oolong Fancy
  • Jade Oolong
Today we re-sampled Da Hong Pao and it fits beautifully into our catalogue - pleasantly toasty, milder than the stronger, earthier Wu Yi with a...


 16 Feb, 2015  |  Written by Anupa Mueller


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