China Green Tea

Photo by Mary Lou Heiss © Tea Trekker, all rights reserved

June 12, 2020 Update:
The world-wide pandemic is having a significant effect on the availability of the 2020 China tea harvest, most significantly in transporting the finished tea from Asia to us. The new tea harvests are nearing completion in the tea-producing provinces in China. Tea gardens in China are generally not as compact as they are in many other countries, so social distancing has been easy. We know that very little illness has been reported in most of the regions that have tea gardens. We are hopeful that the manufacture, packing and shipping logistics will become much better soon.

But at the moment, we are still having quite a bit of difficulty transporting our finished tea from Asia to our store here in Massachusetts. Due to the huge decrease in airplane activity it is simply taking more time to find space on the few planes that are flying, especially out of Hong Kong, so we are trying to ship as much as possible out of Shanghai, but of course, that means transporting the shipping containers there. So either way, it is taking more time than any other year that we have experienced in decades of importing tea from China.

The tea this year is very good, so as more and more of it arrives, (although it is here later than in most years), it continues to be worth the wait. rjh

China’s artisan green teas are famous for their finesse, elegance, clean fresh flavors and artistically-shaped leaves. The finest of these teas are plucked and manufactured by experienced workers whose nimble fingers shape the tea with a series of learned hand motions both while the tea is exposed to gentle heat and while the tea is off the heat. Chinese tea workers possess hand skills practiced nowhere else on earth; and in the manufacture of green tea the appropriate handwork is paramount to the success of the batch.

China produces more distinctive varieties of green tea than any other Asian country – in fact, there are believed to be hundreds of distinctions in green tea produced across the vast expanse of China.

Many of Tea Trekker’s green teas – Huang Shan Mao Feng, Longjing, and Lu’An Gua Pian, for instance – are classified as being among China’s ‘Ten Famous Teas’ – teas that were once produced exclusively for the enjoyment of the emperor.

What a marvelous experience we have had visiting many of these traditional tea factories in China and sourcing fresh and delicious teas for our tea enthusiast customers.

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