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2 Doves Silver Needle Tea 1 oz

$17.50

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2 DOVES SILVER NEEDLE (White tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Fujian Province Shipping Port: Fuzhou Grade: Silver Dove Tips Altitude: 2500’ – 4000’ ft. above sea level Manufacture Type: White Tea – naturally withered Cup Characteristics: A premium tea that has exquisite haunting hints of peach whit a fresh lingering finish. This is one of China’s best white teas. Infusion: Shimmering with light yellow notes. Ingredients: Luxury white tea Information: For the world’s top tea collectors, Fujian’s Fuding County holds a special place as the home of the world’s finest white teas. Each has its own special characteristics resulting from the unique soil conditions, rain, sunlight, tea genus, production method and story. That’s right…story. Were they better known, Fuding County’s many “tea legends” would make the region a required stop for the world’s top storytellers. From one end of Fuding to the other stories abound describing the way certain teas were discovered and how they got their names. One of the lesser known of these tales has to do with 2 Doves Silver Needle, a fabulously delicate “buds only” white tea plucked from a Fujian genus known as Fuding Da Hao. The story we were told took place during the early days of Fuding – (the county was established during the Qing Dynasty in 1739 AD.) In those days, a tea grower and his family found themselves indebted to a mercenary who lived in a neighboring county and had protected them during a local squabble. The mercenary told the grower that he had one year to pay back the debt he owed or he would claim their daughter. Faced with the prospect of giving his only daughter to be the man’s concubine, the grower began to pray. After a few weeks, the grower and his wife both had the same dream. In the dream a pair of doves told them that in the morning, two real doves would appear on the farm gate. The grower and his wife should follow the birds deep into the woods where they would find a tract of undiscovered wild tea. From this tea they were to pluck only the top downy buds. These they were to process in a special new style that would help them make enough money to save their daughter. The next morning, just as the doves had said, the grower and his wife found the wild tea. They plucked as many baskets as they could carry and brought them back to their house where they set to processing them. 3 days later they brought the tea to market and made enough money in one day to pay back their debt – a miracle! From that day forward they called their new tea 2 Doves Silver Needle in honor of the birds who had saved their daughter. It’s an amazing story. Whether or not you choose to believe it, the amazing qualities of this tea can’t be disputed. The wiry, silvery buds coated in a light down resemble dove’s wings while the flavor is light, sweet and loaded with nuance - a wonderful tea to add to your collection today. Note: White teas are amazingly healthy and typically have less caffeine and higher anti-oxidant levels than black, green or oolong teas. Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly (à la chinoise) - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180ºF or 90ºC. Place 1-2 teaspoons of leaves in your cup and let the tea steep for 3 minutes. Then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on - until the tea flavor is exhausted. Milk or sugar will mask the delicate characters of this tea and are not recommended. Look at the pattern of the leaves - they foretell life. Iced tea-brewing method: It is not customary to make iced tea from white tea, nevertheless if you wish to do so we would recommend the following method: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]

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100 Monkeys Tea 1 oz

$7.30

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100 MONKEYS (White Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Hunan Province Shipping Port: Shanghai Grade: Handmade white leaf Altitude: 2000’ ft. – 4000’ ft. above sea level Manufacture Type: Handmade Cup Characteristics: Excellent new season flavor. The strength of the cup belies its white tea nature. White tea is acknowledged to be very high in polyphenols. Infusion: Very pale slight green. Ingredients: White tea. Information: Many of the specialty teas grown and produced in China are associated with folklore and legend. 100 Monkeys, a rare White Mao Feng tea from Hunan is no exception. In certain villages of that province, a pot of this tea is purported to ward off evil spirits. This belief stems from a centuries old tale that centers on an old tea grower and his wife who worked a small plot of land high in the hills. So the story goes, the couple was being terrorized by a renegade band of monkeys. Time and again, they woke up to discover that the night’s flush of new tea shoots had been pulled apart by the nimble thieves. They tried everything to stop the monkeys, from covering the crop with netting, to buying two large dogs to scare the group away. Nothing seemed to work. In desperation the husband decided that he would have to travel over the mountains to a remote cave where it was rumored that a shaman lived whom he could ask for help. The man packed his bag and set off. Upon reaching the cave, he explained his problem to the holy man. The holy man told him that he should go away and come back in 3 days for the solution to his dilemma. 3 days later the man returned and was given a recipe for a new type of tea written on a parchment. The holy man explained that since the monkeys always came looking for tea, if he gave them 100 pounds of this produced tea they would depart and never return. The grower thanked the holy man and set off for home. On the way he studied the new recipe, which was very complex. The tea was a variety of Mao Feng, which in English means white downy tips, (“mao” means white down and “feng” means tips.) The production method involved 11 steps - 4 stages of frying, 3 stages of kneading, followed by 4 stages of baking - it was worth a shot. The man and his wife spent the next week producing the new tea. Once they had 100 pounds, they left it out in a wooden chest near their tea patch. That night as usual they heard the monkeys descend on the farm, shrieking, and pounding the earth. The next morning, they rushed outside to find that the chest was empty. The monkeys had taken the tea, and as the legend goes, never returned again. Whether or not you believe this ancient tale there is one thing you can be sure of - this is a spectacular Chinese tea. Somewhat stronger than many other white teas - you don’t think a light tea would ward off evil spirits or monkeys do you? - 100 Monkeys produces a profoundly complex cup. The leaves can be brewed a number of times and with each infusion subtle changes to the cup can be detected. This is truly one tea that you will wish to appreciate over and over - whether you’ve got a monkey to get off your back or not! Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly (à la chinoise) - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180’F or 80’C. Place 1-2 teaspoons of leaves in your cup and let the tea steep for 3 minutes. Then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on - until the tea flavor is exhausted. Milk or sugar will mask the delicate characters of this tea and are not recommended. Look at the pattern of the leaves - they foretell life. Iced tea-brewing method: It is not customary to make iced tea from white tea, nevertheless if you wish to do so we would recommend the following method: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.] LE070

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Vienna Opera Ball Tea 1 oz

$2.50

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VIENNA OPERA BALL (Blended Black Tea) Country of Origin: Sri Lanka, Kenya, India Region: Dimbula region in Sri Lanka, Kiambu region in Kenya, Mangaldia in Assam India Shipping Port: Sri Lanka - Colombo, Kenya - Mombasa, India - Calcutta Grade: FBOP 1 Altitude: Sri Lanka - 5200 ft, Kenya - 5500 ft, India - 1800 ft Manufacture Type: Orthodox and CTC Manufacturer: Welawatte Estates, Kenya Tea Development Authority, George Williamson Cup Characteristics: Flavoury with medium body and delicate jasmine notes. Infusion: Bright with “Golden Ring”. Information: An annual tradition in Vienna is the Vienna Opera Ball. During this time the well-heeled polish their medals, dust off 19th century and early 20th century military uniforms, and take to the dance floor with wives or mistresses who are bedecked in flowing evening gowns from a bygone era. The best orchestra in the land is playing the Johann Strauss waltzes that made Vienna the music capital of the late 1800’s. The River Danube flows gently past the windows of this classic evening transporting all to a mystic land of romance and chivalry. This tea, with its hint of sultry jasmine reminiscent of romantic evening, transports one to this special event. We recommend that this tea be prepared for special occasions with friends, quiet candlelight and Johann Strauss’s Emperor Waltz or Waltz of The Blue Danube softly playing in the background. Hot brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Pour into your cup and add milk and sugar to taste. Cold brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. ]

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Star of India Tea 1 oz

$2.50

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STAR OF INDIA (Specialty Tea) Country of Origin: India Region: Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiri Shipping Port: Haldia, Kochin Grade: TFOP (Tippy Flowery Orange Pekoe) Attitude: 2500’ ft – 6400’ ft. above sea level Manufacture Type: Orthodox Cup Characteristics: All the highlights of India's teas in a synergistic flavory blend. Malty 2nd flush Assams, 1st flush Darjeelings and sprightly January Nilgiris. Infusion: Coppery, mixed appearance. Ingredients: Luxury India black tea. Information: You would be hard pressed to find a gemstone more storied than the Star of India. A sapphire formed more than 2 billion years ago, the “Star” was mined more than 300 years ago in Sri Lanka, purchased by J.P. Morgan and presented to the New York Museum of Natural History in 1900, stolen by a former pro surfer, “Murf the Surf,” during the 20th century’s most famous jewel heist, recovered in a Miami bus stop locker and returned to the museum where it rests to this day. What makes it so special? The stone is 563.35 carats, weighs 112.67g and is almost flawless with star shaped markings on both sides. It is in a word, breathtaking. In a similar manner, you would be hard pressed to find a more storied tea than Star of India. The blend is comprised of luxury teas from no less than three of India’s premiere growing districts, Assam, Darjeeling and the Nilgiris, each with their own rich histories. Assam, far up in the north eastern corner of the country has been the home of headhunters, served as the starting point of the Burma Road during WWII and was the first place tea was grown by the British within their old Empire. Darjeeling, located high in the Himalayas is the site of one of India’s remaining steam trains, survived a major earthquake in 1898, the “Darjeeling disaster” and gained a reputation for growing some of the world’s best black teas, grown on hybrid bushes developed on its steep slopes. The Nilgiri Hills were first discovered by Europeans in 1602, were first fully explored after a pursuit of criminals and is the origin of the world’s most expensive lot of tea, $600 / kg, earned at North America’s first auction, held at Las Vegas in 2006. Yes, Star of India is some tea. This flawless blend unites teas from all three regions, sourced at their respective seasonal peaks – a 2nd flush Assam, 1st Flush Darjeeling and January growth Nilgiri. The resulting cup offers malt, muscatel and fragrant floral notes that open beautifully with a splash of milk. A stunning tea worth its weight in sapphires. Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Even though milk and a dash of sugar help enhance the character o this tea, it is perfectly acceptable consumed ‘straight-up.’ Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]. Please note that this tea may tend to go cloudy or ‘milky’ when poured over ice - a perfectly normal characteristic of some high quality black teas and nothing to worry about!

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Moroccan Madness Tea 1 oz

$2.50

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MOROCCAN MADNESS Mellow Mint (Blended Black Tea and Peppermint Leaves) Country of Origin: Black Tea from Sri Lanka and India Peppermint from USA Region: Sri Lanka - Dimbula; India - Assam; USA - Oregon Shipping Port: Sri Lanka - Colombo; India - Calcutta; USA - Seattle Grade: FBOP - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Altitude: Sri Lanka - 5200 feet; India - 1500 feet; USA - 4800 ft Manufacture Type: Orthodox Cup Characteristics: Malty and flavoury with some strength. Cool accent of peppermint. Infusion: Coppery color with god brightness and tending greenish Information: Traditionally Moroccans consume a harsh beverage prepared with fresh or dried mint leaves. The English were thought to have introduced Moroccans to tea, which was delightfully welcomed as a pleasant way to blend out the harshness of mint. The introduction came about on account of the proximity of the British at their garrison in Gibraltar. The trade links between Gibraltar and Morocco made the blending of cultures and the adoption of black tea a natural extension of their geographic position. We have taken some liberties with this blend as Moroccans originally used green tea in their mix and we have substituted fine black teas for their strength. If you can picture yourself sitting on a long fringe carpet in a colourful tiled room decorated in bright Islamic design, sipping from a small handpainted glass -you may discover one of the many pleasures of this ancient kingdom. Moroccans say that tea should be bitter as death, sweet as life, and as mellow as love. We’ve tried to capture that in this cup. Hot brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Pour into your cup and add milk and sugar to taste. Cold brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. ]

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