In Spring 2006 we visited some of the islands in the East China Sea, southwest of Shanghai. We reached the island by jet boat - with a loud Chinese movie playing the whole way (another version of the video coach which is so popular in India). One can also take a ferry if time is plentiful. Tea has been grown here since the Tang Dynasty, one thousand years ago. The island of Putuoshan, which is where Kuanyin (bodhisattva of mercy and love) is said to come from, is the most famous of the group.
One Thousand Years of History
Planted one thousand years ago during the Tang Dynasty, this green tea is grown on an island in the East China Sea. Picked in March '06, it has a sweet flavor and beautiful small leaves. The lingering finish of this tea is wonderful, we are happy to offer it this year.
Perfect Leaf-and-Bud Sets
Buddha tea, so named because of the region, is grown in a constant sea breeze on the highest point of Zhoushan Island. Once resembling an eyebrow, a classic tea-leaf shape, the leaf's appearance was modified in 1979, and now the perfect leaf-and-bud sets are processed in a small island factory with 16 owners. We are the exclusive distributor for this tea in the U.S.
Kuanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Love
Learn more about the legend of Kuanyin and the tea she inspired.