2019 Fresh Spring Tea Arrivals


The 2019 spring harvests of tea are absolutely outstanding this year!!

We are excited by the 2019 new teas this year from Darjeeling, Nepal and many locations in China. Every indication is that this will be a ‘vintage’ year for tea, from the initial early season this spring right through into the autumn. The samples that we have been offered have been outstanding – so we expect that 2019 will be a stellar season.

There was more abundant rainfall this past winter, so the early flushes were healthy and more plentiful than some years. The on-going drought of the last several years has meant reduced quantities of great tea in those years. Of course every year has its highs, lows, and everything in between, similar to vintage wine production; so we are all grateful for a more robust harvest in 2019, with an abundance of premium and super-premium leaf.

Stay tuned…and check back to this page regularly from mid-late March (for the earliest arrivals) through August (for the last of the more northerly spring harvest arrivals, such as our delicious green teas from Japan and wonderful oolongs from Taiwan).

 – When is the spring tea season?

The vast majority of new teas each year arrive following the initial pluckings of the bud break of China bush Camellia sinensis plants; which means that these newly-harvested spring teas are generally available for purchase from us starting primarily in May and June. We had the initial handful of First Flush Darjeeling teas and very early Mekong River Valley Chinese teas in late March. A few early China green teas (the PQM teas) arrived in late April; however, several important ‘first harvests’ did not arrive until July (such as the Japanese greens).

There are many teas that are harvested and arrive during other months of the year (such as the Taiwan winter oolongs), and we post them in a similar fashion.

However they will not appear on this page because they are not Spring tea.


 – Which teas are the spring teas? –

This section includes green teas from the four classic Chinese Spring Green Tea plucks (see seasonal tea by country).
It also includes yellow tea, white tea, oolongs, and black tea.

Some specific examples include:
– early harvests of all the types of tea from the various regions of China;
–   early-harvest black teas from the Himalaya:
(Darjeeling, India, and Nepal);
– oolongs and perhaps a black tea from Taiwan;
– and the Shincha, Sencha, & Matcha teas from Japan .

 – and

As always, we will have many unusual teas and limited-quantity seasonal teas for our tea enthusiast customers.

Check this page regularly to notice new arrivals in the listings, and
add teas from this list to your wish-list and shopping cart.

How to use this page

This page is our frequently-updated listing of Tea Trekker’s 2019 freshly-picked spring tea. If a tea is not yet available its listing will be in the lower part of this section and  there will be a bulletin of text across the main image of its leaf that will state when the tea is expected historically. (This is different than the ‘harvest time’ in the tea’s listing, which refers to when the leaf is traditionally expected to be plucked from the bush – it is generally 3-4 weeks from plucking date to arrival here). There are varying influences on the pluck time, and necessary time delays between the leaf plucking and our receipt of the finished tea (depending on the type of tea, location of the garden, amount of paperwork required to have it released, time in transit, etc).
Also if you click on a size choice, the Out of Stock notice will appear in red, because it has not arrived yet.

We update the expected arrival (the text across the image) when a tea is confirmed to be on its way to us, by noting that the tea is In Transit to Us. This normally means that the tea is about a week away from being purchasable.

When a tea arrives at Tea Trekker it is posted up for sale, and is available for purchase. Its listing will move up into the upper portion of the section. The selection of sizes that are available will be listed for the tea, along with the price for each size. At that time clicking on the size button will activate the Add to Cart button and then clicking on that button will submit the selected package size into your cart. The page will refresh so that you will know that the item has been added to your shopping cart.

Later in the season, when a tea becomes unavailable again, we notate that too, and its listing drops out of the active section in the top section of the listings, and goes back into the section of Out of Stock/Sold Out teas at the bottom of the listings (and we mark it either Out of Stock (temporary) or Sold Out (if it has come and gone for the season or year).

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Following are the 2019 Fresh Spring Tea Arrivals
in alphabetical order –