We believe delicious tea should be readily available, without mystery and consumed daily with joy. Our tea are sourced 100% from Taiwan. We buy directly from tea producers, most of them have been tea makers for generations.
We select teas by asking ourselves three questions.
Does the tea represent the island of Taiwan, either the land, the people, or its heritage?What we find so interesting about Taiwanese teas is how they are shaped by its people. A beautiful batch of tea comes from a wonderful marriage between the bounty of the land and the skillset of the tea maker. For example, historical events like the Japanese occupation had a major impact on Taiwanese culture and technological advancement, including tea making. Our Iconic Taiwanese Teas set consists of six teas that each represent a part of Taiwanese heritage, while some of our other teas showcase the innovation of a younger generation of tea makers.
Second, do the teas come from tea makers who care for their work with genuine integrity and honesty?Every year we spend a month getting to know our producers in Taiwan. We visit their land, their processing facilities, and oftentimes their homes. The first step of getting to know a tea is getting to know its maker. We believe teas will taste like the character of their origin. We don’t choose teas to our own taste by requesting production modifications. We want you to taste the teas that represent its people and origin. Plus, the tea makers are the ones surveying their tea plants all year long and touching the tea leaves daily; they know the best way to process that year’s harvest.
Lastly, and most importantly, does the tea taste good?
Delicious is a subjective notion, though we believe there is consensus amongst our palates.
- We look for brightness and clarity in the color of the infusion and consistency of shades and sizes for the tea leaves.
- We seek clarity in its layered fragrances with a lasting aroma in the nose.
- We ask for a balanced structure, silkiness in its drinkability, and a long finish.
Using these basic guidelines, we select teas with a wide range of aroma and profiles from grassy to malty, from floral to fruity, and from gentle to robust. We believe every tea has a personality that suits a particular mood and we will help navigate you to yours.