Our teas all originate from the eastern provinces of China, in three of China's most renowned tea-growing areas.
The Fujian Province, on the coast of southern China, is one of the world's most famous tea growing areas. For hundreds of years, tea has found a home here in the mountainous interior regions, which enjoy a perfect balance of sunshine and warmth in summer, and rain in the autumn and mild winters.
Fuzhou, the capital of the province, is one of the world's historical trading ports. Early western traders established themselves quickly in Fuzhou, at the mouth of the Min River, picking up the tea shipments delivered down the river from often inaccessible inland tea farming areas.
Later, Fuzhou became a treaty port with significant western settlements in the southern part of town. Tea was a key commodity for the average British citizen at the time - not much different from today then!
Today, the region is renowned across China and the world for its tea growing and culture. Two of China's recognised '4 famous teas' come from this region - Iron Buddha (tie guan yin) and The Big Red (da hong pao). In Fuzhou itself, Jasmine tea (mo li hua) is produced in abundance and the locals say that the "smell can be heard" on the streets.
Whilst modern transportation means the inland mountain areas are slightly more accessible, tea growing has not changed significantly - the best tea farms are often found on high, remote mountainsides, and the methods of producing tea are true to traditional practices, relying on manual labour and the skill of the farmer.