Living Tea Variety Collection
The Living Tea Variety Collection presents one of our seasonal favorite teas from each of six genres: red tea, oolong, shou puerh, sheng puerh, green and white tea. This representative collection is comprised of teas ranging from earthy, rich and dark to light, floral, aromatic and ethereal. Whether a seasoned tea connoisseur or a beginner in the world of looseleaf living teas, the collection is a beautiful gift or way of exploring one's personal tea journey. We put a lot of care and intention into choosing the teas and hope you absolutely love them. The Collection includes these beautiful leaves:
Rolling Thunder - Dian Hong Honey Red Tea Lincang, Yunnan 2019 - 2 oz
Living Tea is honored to share our first private reserve Yunnan Red Tea cake. This tea comes from old-growth trees in Yiwu mountain. Yiwu is one of the original mountains where all tea was born, yielding an array of high-altitude tea gardens, both old-growth and eco-arboreal. Sweet, syrupy, bright and malty, this is one of the best Dian Hong red teas we've yet encountered. Rolling Thunder comes from first flush Spring 2019 Assamica tea leaves harvested from old-growth trees. The bright, crisp maroon liquor is steady for many brews, hydrating and nourishing, inspiring but not too invigorating. In many ways, this tea brightens the mind and mood. Complex and full-bodied with a traditional honey fragrance and flavor, Rolling Thunder creates strong sparkling sensations throughout the palate, which is one of the reasons for the name. The tea comes from healthy trees and feels very "alive." In this case, the oxidation rate is lower than many traditional red teas, which was intentional in order to maintain the energy of the old trees. The significant concentration of buds in the cakes is part of the reason for the enhanced honey flavors, especially in the later steepings.
Blanket of Night - GABA Oolong Nantou, Taiwan - 35g
Honey flavor and fruit undertones with thick, mellifluous body. One of the most requested teas from Living Tea and ideal for afternoon or evening when you are looking for relaxation. Naturally occurring gamma alpha-butyric acid in this tea inhibits the firing of neurons in the brain, which creates feelings of calm and peace. Sleepytime tea.
Understory - Ximu Mountain Shou Puerh Yunnan, China 2013 - 2 oz
This is old-growth ripe Puerh at its quintessential finest: dark, rich, warming, comforting and quiet. The body of the tea maintains a mellow smoothness called yin wei with nice structure and mellifluous thickness like milk. We find the sweetness of fresh spring water, healthy undergrowth and slight asperity. The cha qi moves inward, ostensibly dropping you into the earth. This is a tea for discovering aspects of the self that lie far beneath the surface. This tea is best brewed in a gongfu pot with small cups.
Wisdom of Youth - Big Snow Mountain, Lincang, Yunnan 2019 -2 oz
Living Tea is honored to share our first private reserve sheng cake. This tea comes from old-growth trees on Big Snow Mountain (Da Xue Shan, 大雪山) in Lincang, Yunnan. The fresh leaves are so aromatic, you can smell them as soon as you unwrap the label. The liquor is ethereal beyond description both in terms of the deep, expansive Qi and perfect balance of acrid, bitter and sweet flavors. With a height of 3,500m and a prominence of 2,041m, Da Xue Shan is the most prominent peak of the Indo-Malayan Mountain Range of Southeast Asia. Big Snow Mountain is one of the Five Mountains that are the origin of all tea, and it happens to be our favorite because of its expansive breadth. This tea was handpicked and processed in the spring of 2019. It's a rare and limited treasure that we are honored to share with all of you. The original cakes were completely stone-pressed by hand in the traditional way, leaving them looser, which is better for aging.
Jade Stream - Mi Xiang Taiwanese Green Tea 2020 - 2 oz.
Harvested in the spring 2020, from Nantuo County in Central Taiwan, this beautiful green tea is sweet, grassy and sensational. We particularly enjoy the youthful freshness of the leaf and the briskly uplifting Qi.
Lilac Bloom - Organic Bai Mudan White Tea - Fujian Province - 1 oz.With a bouquet of flavors that balances sun-dried subtle delicacy with a full-body and patient brew, Lilac Bloom is the finest white tea we've come across. Oily, supple and light, this tea has notes of vanilla sugar, rose, lilac and white peach in the aftertaste. We find green herbaceous notes of fresh floral grass. Organic Fujianese white teas are rare, and we are overjoyed to offer this spring harvest. The brew is forgiving and easy to prepare, ideal at 175-185 degrees.