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The origin of tea plant traces its roots to Yunnan Province in southern China. Tea culture began here as well, before being exported to other countries around the world. China is known for it's skill in producing all the different styles of tea.

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Anhui Yellow (2 oz)
$30.00

In Pursuit of Tea Yellow Tea



Sustaining a dying craft

Over the years, we have visited Mr Dai and his family, who still retain the skills to make this labor intensive yellow tea. This is a dying craft, as tea farmers turn to growing more marketable green teas, which also don't require as much time and effort to make. We are proud to support the Dais' craft, by bringing this wonderful tea to the US.


History & Region

Yellow tea was traditionally made in Anhui province and is now almost a lost tradition. One often reads that it was a rare, high quality tea reserved for the emperor. This is actually a myth; yellow tea was a workers' tea enjoyed by many.

Anhui Province is known for it's green teas, some which are grown around the famous Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) as well as Keemun Black (Red) tea from Quimen. Yellow tea is also made here although much of what is marketed as such is actually green tea.


Crafting Yellow Tea

First the leaves are pan fired. Two woks are used after the leaves are brought in from the field to stop the oxidation. Each wok is heated to a different temperature by the amounts of wood added to the fire underneath. One wok is used for "sha qing", killing the green (which stops the oxidization process). The other wok is used to keep the leaves warm, without overcooking, is preparation for the rolling process.

After the initial pan firing, the leaves are then carefully hand rolled into a rough, twisted shape. The next process is the final charcoal roast.


Charcoal Fired Roasting Process - an old tradition

Bamboo baskets are used to slowly dry the tea leaves over several days. This allows for more oxidation than a green tea. Yellow tea, when you can find it today, usually is just a green tea made up of very young, spring picked leaves. Charcoal is placed on a stand inside the bottom basket, and heats the top basket holding the leaves. The leaves are tended very carefully and turned every ten minutes or so, so the drying process is evenly distributed. In the evening the leaves are covered, and the next morning the process is repeated until all the moisture in the leaves are gone.



Blessed Forever Banzhai | In Pursuit of Tea
Blessed Forever Banzhai Bingcha (380 g)
$156.30

A green (sheng) pu-erh made in 2009 from leaves from the Ban Shan region in Yunnan.
Daxue "Blessed Forever" | In Pursuit of Tea
Blessed Forever Daxue Bingcha (380 g)
$156.30

This green (sheng) pu-erh was made from leaves grown on Daxue Mountain, in the Lincang region of Yunnan, in 2009.
Buddha Green Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Buddha Green (2 oz)
$30.50

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. It has a sweet flavor and beautiful small leaves, with a wonderful lingering finish of this tea is wonderful.

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.

Dragonwell - Long Jing (2 oz)
$123.00

West Lake
Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province is often considered "the tea city of China." West Lake has been popular since the Song Dynasty for its beauty and relaxing environment, attracting scholars, artists, and literati to live and work there. It has an important university and a very strong teahouse culture. Now there are 740 teahouses of all styles to service a population who like to meet and enjoy tea.

Lion Peak
The Dragonwell-producing towns are very busy at this time. Families come to the region to get out of the city and enjoy the freshly processed tea in the countryside. Tour buses, cars, and taxis all clog the streets, giving it a festive atmosphere. Wine or truffle season in a small European town comes to mind.

Dragon Well or Longjing
This classic green tea, famous since the 8th century, is grown in the hills just west of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, China. It is known for its "four unique qualities" -- flat-leaf appearance, pleasant jade-green color, wonderful leafy aroma, and roasted nutty taste. Dragon Well is one of the famous tribute teas and is still carefully picked and processed completely by hand.



Folk Art Bingcha | In Pursuit of Tea
Folk Art Bingcha (380 g)
$600.90

A green (sheng) pu-erh from northeastern Yunnan, produced in 2005; smooth and sweet flavor, with an aroma of freshly cut bamboo, and excellent to drink now.
Golden Yunnan Black Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Golden Yunnan (4 oz)
$26.75


Jade Spring (4 oz)
$31.50

Jasmine Pearls Green Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Jasmine Pearls (4 oz - 1 lb)
$33.75

Gently rolled pearls of south China green tea naturally scented with fresh jasmine blossoms. A very aromatic cup with a lingering sweetness.
Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Keemun Mao Feng (4 oz)
$20.00

Deep, red fruit sweetness yields to lingering dark chocolate notes: a rich, strong Chinese black tea from Anhui Province.
Lapsang Souchong Black Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Lapsang Souchong (4 oz)
$18.75

This distinctive tea was grown high in the Wuyi Mountains and is our take on a well-known tea. Its refined flavor shows balance and a subtle smokiness - the result of skillful production and old tea trees.
Lapsang Souchong Special Lot | In Pursuit of Tea
Lapsang Souchong - Special Lot (2 oz)
$35.00

This distinctive tea was grown high in the Wuyi Mountains and is our take on a well-known tea. Its refined flavor shows balance and a subtle smokiness—the result of skillful production and old tea trees.
Misty Cloud (2 oz)
$33.00

Moon-Shaped Sheng Bingcha (100 g)
$54.65

Moon-Shaped Shu Bingcha (100 g)
$32.25

Moonlight White (2 oz)
$18.00

More robust than White Peony, this unusual white tea has the sweet earthiness characteristics of Yunnan teas.
Phoenix Honey (2 oz)
$31.50

From Phoenix Mountain, these hand-twisted leaves yield a wonderfully balanced, floral-sweet flavor and fragrance. A spectacular, limited lot Phoenix oolong.

Rou Gui (2 oz)
$46.75

This superb Wuyi oolong has complex fragrances of fig and apricot, yielding a rich, piney flavor over several steeps.

Shu (Black) Pu-erh Loose Leaf | In Pursuit of Tea
Shu (Black) Pu-erh Loose Leaf (4 oz)
$30.75

This pu-erh is made from an early-picked leaf that undergoes the shu post-fermentation process; the flavor is rich and earthy.
Silver Needle (2 oz)
$25.00

This famous Chinese white tea has wonderful silver leaves covered with downy hair. It's velvety and full bodied, with flavors of almonds and apricot pit.
Tasting Cup Set
$33.00

Tieguanyin Oolong Tea | In Pursuit of Tea
Tieguanyin Medium Roast (4 oz)
$20.25

These tightly hand-rolled leaves are medium-oxidized, yielding a lingering fruity aftertaste. A fabled tea in China, it's prized for its complexity.
Tsunami Banzhai Bingcha (380 g)
$203.10

A green (sheng) pu-erh made in 2008, from leaves grown in the Ban Shan region of Yunnan.
Tsunami Daxue Bingcha (380 g)
$203.10

Hailing from Daxue, or Snow, Mountain in the Lincang region of Yunnan, this green (sheng) pu-erh was made in 2008.
White Flower Gaiwan
$33.00

A floral decorated white gaiwan made of fine porcelain, perfect for one person or gongfu cha service.