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Menthe Soleil Flower, 3 ct. pkg.

$6.95

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MENTHE SOLEIL FLOWER (Artisan Handcrafted China Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Yunnan Province Shipping Port: Shenzhen Grade Artisan Handcrafted Tea Altitude: 1500’ – 3000’ feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Handmade and hand tied. Cup Characteristics: Refreshing peppermint notes come to the fore finishing with a sweet lightly floral fullness. A perfect tea in the afternoon. Infusion: Light, tending pale yellow. Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Amaranth & Marigold blossoms, Mint leaves. Information: Behind every great work of art there is a story that served to inspire the artist. This intricately crafted artisan tea is no exception. Like many painters, sculptors and writers before him, the artist who first twisted fresh green leaf into Menthe Soleil Flower tea, found his muse in classical mythology. What is interesting is that he, or she, chose to find inspiration in the mythology of the West, rather than the East. (But you know how these artistic tea types operate, always thinking outside the chest!) According to classical mythology, the god Pluto became enamored with a young nymph named Mintha. So passionate was his scandalous love for the beautiful nymph that he began to completely ignore his wife. So passionate was his wife’s dislike of the nymph that she turned the young Mintha into a plant. This plant of course is the one we now know as mint. Mintha…mint… the beauty of the Nymph transformed into the sweetly scented leaves. As the story of the tea goes, a young Yunnan artisan fell in love with a local village girl. Since he was already in an arranged marriage, he knew that to be with her was impossible. Fearing his wife’s wrath after speaking to the maiden, the young man decided he must never venture past her house again. Instead, he created a tea to remember her by. He used flower blossoms to represent the dawning of love, and mint its subsequent scorning as told in the ancient myth. These he tied in with still damp green tea leaves, so that a representation of his love might hide within their tight folds as they dried. And so through artistic inspiration, Menthe Soleil flower tea was born. A wonderful story for a fabulous brew – pour yourself a cup and as the delicate grassy flavors, floral touches and minty highlights pass your tongue, ponder scandalous, forbidden love. Hot tea brewing method: Place one ball in your teapot (ideally clear glass for maximum visual effect), and add boiling water. (Very hot or boiling water allows the ball to open, which allows you to see the art of tea better). Infuse until the ball is fully open, usually about 5 minutes. Watch the long leaves unfurl to reveal the hidden flower treasure. Note: Do not remove the leaves after infusing - contemplate life and enjoy a rare Chinese floral Tea. If you wish to have another cup of tea, simply pour more water on the leaves and infuse for another 1-3 minutes. Iced tea-brewing method: Not generally consumed iced but if you do, (to make 1 qt/lt) Place 3 Menthe Soleil Flower pods in a heat resistant pitcher. Add 1¼ cups freshly boiled water. Steep 5 min. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with ice water. Add steeped tea and fill with ice water. Garnish with 1 opened Menthe Soleil Flower and sweeten to taste.

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Jasmine Silver Balls, 3 ct. pkg.

$6.95

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JASMINE SILVER BALLS (Artisan Handcrafted China Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Chongqing Province Shipping Port: Hong Kong Grade: Artisan Handcrafted Altitude: 2500 - 4500 feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Handmade and Hand tied Cup Characteristics: Pale green, smooth with delicate and exquisite Jasmine flavour Infusion: Pale green Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Jasmine scent. Information: The legend behind the creation of Jasmine Silver Balls is one of China’s most romantic tales. One night, as we sipped our tea in the open air and gazed up at the stars, the wife of a tea grower told us the old story. It was early spring so the night sky was incredibly clear. She pointed toward two stars in particular and began. The first she pointed to was the brightest star in what Westerners call the Aquila constellation, known in China as the Cowherd. Next, we followed her finger across the Milky Way, in China the Silver River, until our eyes rested on a star known as the Weaving Maid. Before recorded time, the Weaving Maid was the seventh daughter of the mythical Jade Emperor. One day, the maid caught the eye of a passing cowherd and fell in love. The cowherd began visiting the maid as often as his duties permitted him and when he did the maid would put down her weaving and devote herself to his love. Over time, the love between the two saw them forsake their work all together. The Jade Emperor became angry that they should shirk their duties and decided to punish them in the form of banishment to opposite sides of the Silver River. The cowherd and the maid were devastated. In order to soften the blow the Emperor made one allowance. Every year on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar, (Aug. 2) he would permit them to meet on a bridge over the River to hold each other for just one night. The wife of the tea grower explained that the legend came from the fact that on that night, these two stars do in fact come together high up in the heavens. She further explained that in homage to the two, Jasmine Silver Balls were created to represent the flowing stars of the Silver River that separated them, the Milky Way. It was quite a story. But then again, this is quite a tea. Each ball is made with spring production green leaf, only available for a few weeks per year, scented with fresh Jasmine. The long silvery leaves are carefully hand-tied in an intricate pattern that unfurls into a chrysanthemum like shape when infused. The resulting cup is at once light and profound with sweet notes of asmine and wisps of fresh honey. Without question a tea your customers will fall in love with. j Hot tea brewing method: Place one ball in your teapot (ideally clear glass for maximum visual effect), and add boiling water. (Very hot or boiling water allows the ball to open, which allows you to see the art of tea better). Infuse until the ball is fully open, usually about 5 minutes. Watch the long leaves unfurl to reveal the hidden flower treasure. Note: Do not remove the leaves after infusing - contemplate life and enjoy a rare Chinese floral Tea. If you wish to have another cup of tea, simply pour more water on the leaves and infuse for another 1-3 minutes. Iced tea-brewing method: Not generally consumed iced but if you do, (to make 1 qt/lt) Place 3 Jasmine Silver Balls pods in a heat resistant pitcher. Add 1¼ cups freshly boiled water. Steep 5 min. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with ice water. Add steeped tea and fill with ice water. Garnish with 1 opened Jasmine Silver Ball and sweeten to taste. 

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Hannah Chrysanthemum, 3 ct.

$6.95

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3 ct. flowering green tea in a nitrogen sealed package. HANNAH CHRYSANTHEMUM (Artisan Handcrafted China Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Yunnan Province Shipping Port: Shenzhen Grade Artisan Handcrafted Tea Manufacture Type: Artisan Handcrafted Altitude: 1500’ – 3000’ feet above sea level Cup Characteristics: A tea that puts on a superb show. Chrysanthemum highlights lightly dance through premium spring green tea. Infusion: Light, tending pale yellow Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Chrysanthemum blossoms Information: What’s in a name? Well if you’re talking about the name Hannah, one of the older names out there still in use, quite a lot actually. Take Hannah Callowhill Penn for example. This Hannah was the second wife of William Penn founder of Pennsylvania. Then there’s Hannah Ayscough, mother of Sir Isaac Newton. Not to mention Hannah Van Buren, wife of 8th US president Martin Van Buren, Hannah Chaplin, the mother of Charlie Chaplin and Hannah from the Bible. So, at the very least we’ve got the wife of one of America’s founding fathers, mother of one the world’s most famous scientists, wife of a President, mother of a beloved funnyman and a person from the Bible. In terms of names, Hannah has quite a legacy. So what’s next for this illustrious name? How about a fabulous hand crafted tea from Yunnan province? I know it seems a bit of a stretch but hey, we’re a tea company so it all has to tie in thematically. We’ve done the name justice by bestowing it upon one of the finest artisanal teas available on the market. The tea is created using an ancient method in which full tea leaves, still damp from steaming, are tied around flower blossoms and then dried to form a rock hard pod. In this case, the artisan developed an ingenious twist that allows 5 Chrysanthemum blooms to be tied in together. When the tea is brewed and the pod opens, a semi-circle of flowers rises from the tea base in a stunning display of craftsmanship. The cup is equally as striking. Unlike the immediately sweetish profile of many flower-based teas, the profile here tends savory, with a touch of light smoke and pleasant earthiness. Sweetness appears on the finish, which is long and astringent, almost making your tongue feel like it’s being caressed and held in place. So, there you have it, the latest installment in the history of the name Hannah. A beautiful tea with a name of epic proportion to match! A tea to reach for by name! A tea by any other name would not…Ok we’re done. Hot tea brewing method: Place one ball in your teapot (ideally clear glass for maximum visual effect), and add boiling water. (Very hot or boiling water allows the ball to open, which allows you to see the art of tea better). Infuse until the ball is fully open, usually about 5 minutes. Watch the long leaves unfurl to reveal the hidden flower treasure. Note: Do not remove the leaves after infusing - contemplate life and enjoy a rare Chinese floral Tea. If you wish to have another cup of tea, simply pour more water on the leaves and infuse for another 1-3 minutes. Iced tea-brewing method: Not generally consumed iced but if you do, (to make 1 qt/lt) Place 3 Hannah Chrysanthemum pods in a heat resistant pitcher. Add 1¼ cups freshly boiled water. Steep 5 min. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with ice water. Add steeped tea and fill with ice water. Garnish with 1 opened Hannah Chrysanthemum and sweeten to taste.

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Ginseng Lily, 3 ct.

$6.95

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3 ct. flowering green tea in a nitrogen sealed package. GINSENG LILY (Artisan Handcrafted China Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Yunnan Province Shipping Port: Shenzhen Grade: Artisan Handcrafted Altitude: 1500 – 3000 feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Handmade and hand tied Cup Characteristics: Excellent green tea character with a mild hint of dry ginseng bitterness. Infusion: Yellow bright Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Ginseng + Lily blossoms. Information: Hand-tied teas have been produced in China for millennia. Over the centuries, artisans from nearly every tea-growing region in the country have rolled, tied and twisted hand plucked green leaf with flowers and herbs to create what can only be described as drinkable works of art. The level of care that went, and still goes into, producing these wonderful teas meant that only the finest ingredients could be used – the best tea shoots available and additional ingredients that commanded the same respect as the tea itself. It is because of this ideal that Ginseng was first blended with green tea – the root was at one time the most prized crop in China. During ancient times, Ginseng root was so revered as a cure-all that traditional physicians prescribed it for everything from easing pulmonary difficulties to eradicating fatigue. The root was known as Jin-chen which means “like a man” in reference to its resemblance of the human form and because it had the power to restore and revive the human body. Ginseng was so highly prized that for a time only the Emperor had the legal right to collect the spicy roots. So, when the Tea Masters of old went looking for fresh ingredients to enhance the character and beauty of their creations, many turned to the trusted and hallowed root. Ginseng Lily, the tea we are pleased to offer you here, is a fabulous example of what can be done with a high quality green tea, all natural ginseng and the loving touch of a Master. The tea selected for its creation is a top quality Yunnan – known for its large leaf, strong aroma and full-bodied flavor. The Ginseng selected is of an equally high caliber, as is the lily blossom added to the tea to enhance the visual appearance of the infused tea. Brew a pot today and watch as the leaves and flower unfold - it is true craftsmanship in the cup. It’s not everyday that you get a chance to serve

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3 Flower Burst, 3 ct.

$6.95

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3 FLOWER BURST (Artisan Handcrafted China Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Yunnan Province Shipping Port: Shenzhen Grade: Artisan Handcrafted Altitude: 1500’ – 3000’ feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Handmade and hand tied. Cup Characteristics: Smooth and satisfying green tea notes. The peach character of osmanthus comes to the fore with hints of jasmine and lily. Infusion: Bright, golden infusion. Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Lily + Jasmine + Osmanthus blossoms. Information: Yunnan, the southernmost province in the People’s Republic of China is also the country’s largest producer of flowers. And, like everything produced in China, when we say large, we mean large on a scale the likes of which you’ve never seen before. In 2003 the province, which covers roughly 394,000 square kms or 4.1% of China’s landmass, grew more than 3 billion flowers commercially! 3 billion! That’s the equivalent of 3 stems for each of China’s 1 billion citizens. Now that’s a lot of flowers. The high production numbers have secured Yunnan’s position as China’s top flower producing region for more than 10 years straight. During those years, the province’s Carnations, Forget-Me-Nots, Lilies, Osmanthus and Jasmine flowers have account for 45% of China’s total annual floral exports. So what makes the conditions in Yunnan so ideal for growing flowers? The answer lies in its geographical location. Yunnan sits directly below the Tropic of Cancer, the farthest northern latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead, an event that occurs once a year on the 21st of June. In short, Yunnan gets a lot of direct sunlight. And, as every good schoolchild knows, flowers love the sun and lots of it. Couple that with an average rainfall of between 1,000 to 1,9000 mm annually, and you’ve got ideal conditions. As every good tea-drinker knows, Yunnan is also famous for growing tea. So it seems only natural that given the prominence of the local floral industry, tea artisans would create a tea in its honor, 3 Flower Burst. The idea behind the tea is that as it brews, it unfolds and mimics the way the lush Yunnan countryside bursts open with color in the springtime. The tea is produced by tying Lily, Osmanthus and Jasmine blooms together with steamed full leaves of Yunnan green tea. As the tea dries, the flowers are held inside the way seeds are concealed in the damp earth. Drop the tea into a glass pitcher, infuse it and watch the miraculous bloom unfold. The cup, like springtime in Yunnan is bright, with a very full green taste layered with overtones of cut peach and layered undertones of jasmine and lily perfume. Makes a perfect gift for mother’s Day - an absolutely wonderful tea! Hot tea brewing method: Place one ball in your teapot (ideally clear glass for maximum visual effect), and add boiling water. (Very hot or boiling water allows the ball to open, which allows you to see the art of tea better). Infuse until the ball is fully open, usually about 5 minutes. Watch the long leaves unfurl to reveal the hidden flower treasure. Note: Do not remove the leaves after infusing - contemplate life and enjoy a rare Chinese floral Tea. If you wish to have another cup of tea, simply pour more water on the leaves and infuse for another 1-3 minutes. Iced tea-brewing method: Not generally consumed iced but if you do, (to make 1 qt/lt) Place 3 Flower Burst pods in a heat resistant pitcher. Add 1¼ cups freshly boiled water. Steep 5 min. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with ice water. Add steeped tea and fill with ice water. Garnish with 1 opened 3 Flower Burst and sweeten to taste. 

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3 Flower Burst

$2.50

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3 FLOWER BURST (Artisan Handcrafted China Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Yunnan Province Shipping Port: Shenzhen Grade: Artisan Handcrafted Altitude: 1500’ – 3000’ feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Handmade and hand tied. Cup Characteristics: Smooth and satisfying green tea notes. The peach character of osmanthus comes to the fore with hints of jasmine and lily. Infusion: Bright, golden infusion. Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Lily + Jasmine + Osmanthus blossoms. Information: Yunnan, the southernmost province in the People’s Republic of China is also the country’s largest producer of flowers. And, like everything produced in China, when we say large, we mean large on a scale the likes of which you’ve never seen before. In 2003 the province, which covers roughly 394,000 square kms or 4.1% of China’s landmass, grew more than 3 billion flowers commercially! 3 billion! That’s the equivalent of 3 stems for each of China’s 1 billion citizens. Now that’s a lot of flowers. The high production numbers have secured Yunnan’s position as China’s top flower producing region for more than 10 years straight. During those years, the province’s Carnations, Forget-Me-Nots, Lilies, Osmanthus and Jasmine flowers have account for 45% of China’s total annual floral exports. So what makes the conditions in Yunnan so ideal for growing flowers? The answer lies in its geographical location. Yunnan sits directly below the Tropic of Cancer, the farthest northern latitude at which the sun can appear directly overhead, an event that occurs once a year on the 21st of June. In short, Yunnan gets a lot of direct sunlight. And, as every good schoolchild knows, flowers love the sun and lots of it. Couple that with an average rainfall of between 1,000 to 1,9000 mm annually, and you’ve got ideal conditions. As every good tea-drinker knows, Yunnan is also famous for growing tea. So it seems only natural that given the prominence of the local floral industry, tea artisans would create a tea in its honor, 3 Flower Burst. The idea behind the tea is that as it brews, it unfolds and mimics the way the lush Yunnan countryside bursts open with color in the springtime. The tea is produced by tying Lily, Osmanthus and Jasmine blooms together with steamed full leaves of Yunnan green tea. As the tea dries, the flowers are held inside the way seeds are concealed in the damp earth. Drop the tea into a glass pitcher, infuse it and watch the miraculous bloom unfold. The cup, like springtime in Yunnan is bright, with a very full green taste layered with overtones of cut peach and layered undertones of jasmine and lily perfume. Makes a perfect gift for mother’s Day - an absolutely wonderful tea! Hot tea brewing method: Place one ball in your teapot (ideally clear glass for maximum visual effect), and add boiling water. (Very hot or boiling water allows the ball to open, which allows you to see the art of tea better). Infuse until the ball is fully open, usually about 5 minutes. Watch the long leaves unfurl to reveal the hidden flower treasure. Note: Do not remove the leaves after infusing - contemplate life and enjoy a rare Chinese floral Tea. If you wish to have another cup of tea, simply pour more water on the leaves and infuse for another 1-3 minutes. Iced tea-brewing method: Not generally consumed iced but if you do, (to make 1 qt/lt) Place 3 Flower Burst pods in a heat resistant pitcher. Add 1¼ cups freshly boiled water. Steep 5 min. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with ice water. Add steeped tea and fill with ice water. Garnish with 1 opened 3 Flower Burst and sweeten to taste.

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1000 Day Flower, 3 ct.

$6.95

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Description3 ct. flowering green tea in a nitrogen sealed package. 1000 DAY FLOWER (Artisan Handcrafted China Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Fujian Province Shipping Port: Fuzhou Grade Artisan Handcrafted Altitude: 1000’ ft. – 1500’ ft. above sea level Manufacture Type: Handmade and Hand tied Cup Characteristics: Slightly dry character with light floral notes. Hints of sweet caramel sugar are sprinkled on the finish. Infusion: Light green with hints of sunset. Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Amaranth blossoms. Information: While a monkey may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name 1000 day flower, it was a monkey that inspired the creation of this tea. It all starts with the shape. If you hold one of the exquisite hand tied pods in your hand it has the appearance of a peach, or at least it does if you use a little imagination! So why would someone create a tea in the shape of a peach? As we said, it has to do with a monkey. An ancient Chinese fairy tale tells the story of how Wangmu, the Empress of Heaven ordered the King of the Monkeys to guard her precious peach orchard. Busy organizing her 60th birthday party, Wangmu wanted to ensure that she would have enough fruit to feed her guests. (It should be noted that in ancient China, peaches were considered to be a symbol of long life and were commonly given away at birthdays.) The Monkey King however, being a monkey, plucked all the ripest peaches in the orchard for himself and ate the entire lot leaving only the small, unripened fruit for the party. The big day arrived and Empress Wangmu was furious. To punish the Monkey King she used her magic to strip him of his royal title and locked him up in a cave. Luckily, a Monk named Tangshen came by and saved him. After discussing his predicament with the Monk, the Monk agreed to help him. Tangshen showed him a technique for tying fresh green tea leaves with an Amaranth blossom (known colloquially as the 1000 day flower) into the shape of a peach. The Monkey did as he was told, tied 1000 of the tea balls and presented them to Empress Wangmu. So impressed was the Empress with the delicious tea, that she reinstated him as King and from that year forward served the tea at her birthday instead of peaches, as a new symbol of longevity. In parts of modern China 1000 Day Flower tea is still served at birthdays and anniversaries, especially those of community elders. Besides its symbolic importance, the tea is delicious. It is produced using the tender spring buds of plantations situated between 500 to 800 meters above sea level in Northeast Fujian. Teas from these gardens are noted for their incredible freshness and purity due to the crisp clear quality of the air at such high altitudes. The Amaranth flowers tied in with the tea also come from Fujian but from a little farther to the South. Traditional Chinese medicine maintains that the flower is beneficial for the liver, is effective for reducing body heat and can brighten the eyes. So not only does this tea taste fabulous, when you combine those qualities with the overall healthy benefits of green tea with its antioxidants, vitamin C and flavonoids, it’s also good for you! The tea is best brewed in a glass pot so you can watch the tight ball of tea unfurl, revealing full leaves and the beautiful flower. The cup, with its subtle floral character, lightly toasty green grassiness and hint of caramel, evokes fresh notes of spring. The 1000 Day Flower, like all of our artisan teas, is truly special. Enjoy and raise a cup to a long life! Hot tea brewing method: Place one ball in your teapot (ideally clear glass for maximum visual effect), and add boiling water. (Very hot or boiling water allows the ball to open, which allows you to see the art of tea better). Infuse until the ball is fully open, usually about 5 minutes. Watch the long leaves unfurl to reveal the hidden flower treasure. Note: Do not remove the leaves after infusing - contemplate life and enjoy a rare Chinese floral Tea. If you wish to have another cup of tea, simply pour more water on the leaves and infuse for another 1-3 minutes. Iced tea-brewing method: Not generally consumed iced but if you do, (to make 1 qt/lt) Place 3 1000 Day Flower pods in a heat resistant pitcher. Add 1¼ cups freshly boiled water. Steep 5 min. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with ice water. Add steeped tea and fill with ice water. Garnish with 1 opened 1000 Day Flower and sweeten to taste.

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