All of our teas are from a single day's harvest, and hence unique. However, we continually source most types of tea on a seasonal basis. Standard tea types vary from season to season, batch to batch—with singular harvests that we discover along the way.
If you find yourself captivated by the character of a particular season's selection, then it may warrant procuring more from that specific batch of tea before it disappears into the next season's harvest. This is the role of a tea collector—to recognize those teas that stand out, and to procure them before they are gone. On the other hand, there is something quite Zen (Chinese: Chan) about appreciating this season's tea for what it is, and seeing what the next season brings. This enactment of impermanence is rich with meaning in the experience of appreciating this harvest, this brew, this sip of tea.
What we aim for in our assessment of quality is a distinctive character—a taste that evokes an utterance of approval beyond the established standards of qualification. Underlying this experience is our commitment to supporting methods of tea cultivation that embody the craft of artisan tea making. We trust our sources because they recognize the meaning and value of their craft and take pride in creating an exemplary batch of tea. We are dedicated to finding and offering you batches of tea that are the best of their type.
We encourage you to explore the variations of seasonal harvests from the same farm, as well as different sources of the same and/or different types of tea. This exploration allows for a more comprehensive understanding of tea and the factors that differentiate one type of tea from another.