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"The Tea Library part III" Gallery Show in December at ArtXchange Gallery in Seattle November 30 2016

 

Opening December 1st, 2016 and running through January 21st, 2017 Seattle's ArtXchange Gallery in Pioneer Square will be displaying selected teaware we have created. This is an exciting show that will feature a range of modern and traditional tea wares.

Beginning in 2015 we expanded our offerings to include custom made tea tables and tea knives made by hand. Our tea tables are sourced from trees grown local to the Pacific Northwest. Our tea knives are hand forged from damascus steel. We intend our work to be both functional and aesthetically beautiful. As a company we are fundamentally interested not just in sourcing and selling tea and teawares but in the act of creation itself. We want to give back to the tea community by providing unique items we have designed and crafted ourselves.

We are excited to be a part of this ArtXchange Gallery show. If you are in the Seattle area please stop by the gallery in Seattle's Pioneer Square district and check out all the work they have on display. 

Additionally there will be 2 special events open to the public:

 

Photos from the show


Visit us this weekend in Seattle at the Northwest Tea Festival Oct 1-2 2016 September 29 2016

All this weekend we will be serving tea and chatting about our adventures in China. Stop by the Seattle center and visit us at booth 6 for the Northwest Tea Festival.

 - http://www.nwteafestival.com/


Our 2016 Spring Puerh Tea is Available for Sale July 02 2016

We've been working hard to get our Spring 2016 Puerh Tea ready for sale. As each are pressed, and wrapped we evaluate them to determine when we feel they are ready to drink. We add them to the store as soon as possible.

Our 2016 Collection:

    • "Hidden Song"

      • Our essence of Baiying Shan blend and our most popular tea of 2015. Available Now!
    • "Whispering Sunshine"

      • Single varietal, high altitude, Baiying Shan big tree puerh. Available Now!
    • "Jingmai LOVE"

      • Our affordable Jingmai blend. A fantastic tea for the price! If you love Jingmai, you'll love "Jingmai LOVE"! Available Now!
    • "Midas Touch"

      • Jingmai big tree material. Both gentle and strong with classic Jingmai honey aromas. Available Now!
    • "Slumbering Dragon"

      • This is a rare unblended, single origin, high altitude, wild tree puerh. The flavor is strong, pure, natural, and quite bitter, but with a transcendent chaqi. Available Now!
    • "Beneath an Emerald Sea"

      • A fantastic new blend for 2016 that is getting great feedback from those who have tried it already. Available Now!
  • "Cats and Dogs"; a Cooperative Sheng Puerh Tea with white2tea

    • A special blend designed to be paired with "Dogs" from white2tea. Available Now!

Get An Early Taste of Our 2016 Puerh Teas June 05 2016

We know you are as eager to explore our new teas as we are to have them in your hands and cups. We are still in the process of pressing and wrapping our teas this year and they are not available yet. We are however offering a special opportunity for the first time this year. We have had a small number Jianshui clay storage jars custom made and are selling them with our new teas stored inside loose and uncompressed. 

We have just 3 jars available per tea. The rest of the material is getting pressed into cakes. Each jar holds 150g of loose leaf maocha. 

Check out the entire 2016 "Early Look" Puerh Tea Jianshui Storage Jar Limited Edition Collection here.


Updates from China 2016 February 08 2016

We are in China for the next 4 months. We return to Seattle in June. We are excited to be back for the 2016 Spring harvest. We have a lot of good plans for this year and are eager to share them with you. We’ll keep this page updated with the latest information on where we are and what we’re doing. 

We're down in Xishuangbanna

We're out at the tea mountains in southern Yunnan for the rest of April. We'll be unable to fulfill shipping of products we have stored in China until then. This is indicated by items that have 'FREE SHIPPING'. You can still place an order now and it will be shipped when we return to Kunming. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please follow us on social media to see where we are and what we're up to. 

New Products!

We have started added new products to our inventory. These are unique items we've found during our travels in Yunnan. We hope you enjoy them! Check out our new products here!

Shipping from China Currently Available

Chinese New Year is over and all shipping services from China have resumed.

Orders from our US inventory

If you order from our online store these orders will be fulfilled from our stock of product in the US.

Samples are currently unavailable

We generally pack samples each week to keep them fresh. When we are away from the US we can’t do that. We apologize for the inconvenience. When we find new teas here in China we’ll try to get samples made available. The exception is our "What is Puerh? Three Tea Educational Tasting Set".

Getting a hold of us

China has irregular and limited internet. Many of the places we’ll be in Yunnan are quite remote and getting a reliable connection is often not possible. If you need to get a hold of us email is the best way: crimsonlotustea@gmail.com . We will reply as soon as possible.

Follow us on social media

We are very active on social media. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We post often and give a glimpse into the life of rural China.


USPS Shipping Rate Increase – January 17, 2016 January 18 2016

As of January 17, 2016, USPS shipping rates have increased an average of 9.5%. This affects all packages we ship. Our shipping rates have been increased to match. There are more details here on the USPS website: http://www.fp-usa.com/ratechange/january-17-2016-rate-increase/

 


Get your 'Tea Passport' and get Tea Drunk in Seattle September 01 2015

We are participating in the "Tea Drunk in Seattle" Tea Passport event. This is a month long event (September 1st – October 5th, 2015) that coincides with the NorthWest Tea Festival. This is going to be a lot of fun. Stop by our place for a tea tasting this month. We'll give you your 'tea passport' and stamp it with our lotus logo. Then participate in other tea tasting events around Seattle this month and also at the NW Tea Festival. Get your tea passport stamped. The more stamps the greater your chances of winning prizes in the final drawing on November 1st. 

A list of rules and participating vendors is here on the Tea Drunk in Seattle website: http://www.teadrunkinseattle.com/tea-passport.html

We are available for tea tastings most mornings and evenings. Email us to schedule a time. crimsonlotustea@gmail.com. Stop by, have some tea, stamp your passport, and win some prizes. 


Our Spring 2015 Puerh Tea is Available for Sale May 06 2015

We're happy to announce our Spring 2015 puerh tea collection. This is what we've been working on for the past couple months. Putting all these together has taken us a lot of work and a lot of time. Puerh is all about time though. Puerh is a product that has no shelf life. It can be with you as long as you want it to be. It will be yours until you drink it, sell it, or share it with others. That could be 5 months, 5 years, or 5 decades from now. Puerh tea takes time. Why rush a quality product that can be with you for years?

After nearly a month of storage we've been sampling the cakes and feel they're ready to be sold. We have 5 new cakes of sheng puerh to offer. We have two cakes from Bai Ying Shan, one cake from Kunlu Shan, and two cakes from Jingmai. Each are entirely hand picked and processed in small batches from high altitude, ancient tea trees. They are wood fired, hand rolled, and sun dried. With the exception of the Jingmai "Special Sauce" they were sourced direct from the farmers.

Bai Ying Shan "Hidden Song"

Bai Ying Shan, or White Warbler Mountain, is a remote high altitude tea growing region in Lincang Prefecture. This mountain has more than 10 unique varietals of camellia sinensis. This puerh is a special blend we perfected while we were living with the farmers this year. We blended from a few different varietals with the goal of maximizing flavor, aroma, aftertaste, and energy. We worked with them ourselves to pick and process this puerh.

We chose to call this puerh "Hidden Song". The mountain is named for the white warbler songbird common to the area. The bird is often heard, but rarely seen. This hidden song was the inspiration for the name of this puerh.

This puerh is sweet and vegetal with an aroma of edamame.

200g cakes are available here.

 

 

Bai Ying Shan "Whispering Sunshine"

The material in this tea is composed entirely from one ancient tree varietal called 'dabaiyakou' which means 'big white buds'.

We chose to call this puerh "Whispering Sunshine". The tea gardens in Bai Ying Shan are the highest elevation that we source tea from. Grown above 2200m (7200 feet or 1.3 miles) we imagined these tea trees were close enough to hear the gentle voice of the Sun. The Sun plays a critical role through the entire lifespan of puerh tea from growing the trees to drying the leaf. Puerh is defined by the sun drying stage. If it isn't sun dried, it isn't puerh. This puerh has been direct sun dried for 2 days.

This puerh is similar in profile to "Hidden Song" with more body. It is sweet and vegetal with a note of lemongrass and a hint of tobacco. The aroma is more floral and the energy is strong. The bitterness and astringency are just enough to keep you interested. Listen close and hear the Sun whispering to you through this tea. There is a lot to tell.
200g cakes are available here.

 

Kunlu Shan "Slumbering Dragon"

This is a rare puerh. Of all the tea we sell this is the hardest to source and the hardest to pick. There is a village in Kunlu Shan that isn't even on Google maps. Once you're there you need to hike another 3 kilometers into the mountains to get to these trees.

The trees at 20-40 feet tall literally scrape the ceiling of the forest. Impressive does not begin to describe these ancient beings. We named this puerh "Slumbering Dragon" because of the visual image of these ancient trees growing so peacefully in the mountains. They seem to us like dragons of a previous era in a deep slumber for eons. The strong energy in this tea mirrors the strength of dragons in our active imaginations.

We present this tea as is. This is unblended, single origin, high altitude, wild tree puerh. It will not taste like a lot of the puerh out there. It is strong and intense with a very pronounced bitterness that can linger. The intensity of bitterness will fade with age. Our 2014 has mellowed quite nicely. The energy in this tea is quite strong, it will sneak up on you. We hope you get a chance to try this amazing and unique tea.
200g cakes of this amazing puerh are available here.

 

Jingmai "Midas Touch"

This year we had the pleasure of meeting a tea farmer in Jingmai called "The Bulang Prince". He's quite a unique character. He is young and highly educated for a tea farmer. He is passionately dedicated to perfecting his craft and has spent time traveling and learning from other tea farmers in Yunnan. He is a rare breed. He worked with roasting masters in Bingdao to polish his skills.

His 'royal' hands were responsible for roasting this tea. The material is good to begin with, but in his hands we felt it became something extra special. We decided to call this one "Midas Touch" because we feel he has the skill to turn his leaf into gold.

This tea is strong despite the young age. It has the beginnings of the honey aroma Jingmai is known for. This tea brews both gentle and strong at the same time. It can surprise you. Stick this on a shelf for 10 years and you will have a truly amazing tea!
200g cakes are available here.

 

Jingmai "Special Sauce" *limited edition*

While in Kunming this year we had access to some very high quality, amazing maocha from Jingmai. We took what we had and experimented with blending it. The source material is largely from 2014, but also some as old as 2009. The material contains some very old trees and while largely Spring has some Autumn as well.

Our final blend came out much better than we could have hoped. This is a fantastic tea that is ready to be drank now. It simply drips with honey sweetness. The flavor is thick in the mouth and the aftertaste long lasting.

This tea is in very limited supply. We pressed less than 2kg of this tea. We are only making five 200g cakes available for sale at this time. One sold before we left China, so there are only 4 left.
200g cakes of this limited edition puerh available here.

 

Browse our full collection here: 2015 Spring Collection

 


Our 2015 Jianshui clay teapot collection is available for sale! April 15 2015

We're excited to finally be able to show off what we've been working on. When we came to China two months ago we went to Jianshui the first week we were here. Jianshui is a town about 4 hours drive from Kunming. They make incredible pottery by hand using clay sourced in the mountains outside the town. Read about our visit there in 2014. Our goal was to find a local artist who could create custom pottery to fit our desires.

We like Jianshui pottery and brew with them nearly every day. The clay used in these teapots comes from the same mountains that grow puerh tea trees. We appreciate that connection. Jianshui clay is a true clay and there is no sand content. Because of this the exterior can be polished to a high shine. The local artists also pride themselves on their skill with inlaying clay.

 
This is an example of Jianshui inlaid clay artistry. Each color is individually blended and inlaid by hand before firing.
This has not been painted or glazed.

As awesome as Jianshui teapots are to brew with, they can often be pricy because of the extra time and work put into their inlaid clay designs and polishing them to a high shine. The extra work takes many hours and adds to the cost. We believe the quality of the clay speaks for itself and had these custom teapots made to exhibit Jianshui clay at an affordable price. 

The teapots in our collection are special. You won't find them like this anywhere else. Not for this price, and not with this quality. This is a limited edition collection we commissioned in Jianshui this year to our exact specifications. These are simple, efficient teapots made to be tea brewing workhorses. They are smaller in size and feature sleek matte textures or light polishing. They have not been highly polished and do not feature any inlaid clay patterns. They are meant to brew tea, and brew tea for many years. The matte ones, like Yixing teapots, will create their own unique patina over time with use.

The artists that we work with are master potters and have a combined experience of over 30 years working clay. Since these are handmade products each are unique. There are slight variations to each teapot. Each teapot was hand tested by us before sale. The lids fit tightly, they seal well, and they pour fast and easy. They are ready to go!

Browse our full collection here: Jianshui 2015 Collection

Each teapot ships with a wooden storage box and a silk bag.

Each teapot has the artist mark as well as our own. 红莲 is 'Crimson Lotus'.

 

All images © Crimson Lotus Tea 2015


We’re now shipping orders from China! March 24 2015

We’ve set up and tested our China ePacket shipping account and are ready to begin offering tea and teawares for sale from China. We have a limited stock here in Kunming, but you can buy what we’ve sourced so far. We have unique sheng puerh, shou puerh, Jianshui and Yixing teapots.

We’re offering our tea at a discounted price because we don’t need to ship these to the States first if you buy them from us here. Shipping by ePacket is is fast, and relatively cheap. There are two limitations. The first is that the entire package weight must be under 2kg. The second is that we can only ship to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and Australia.

Browse our Yunnan 2015 collection here: 


Follow our Tea Hunting Adventures on Social Media from Home March 24 2015

Are you following our tea hunting adventures?

We’ve been in China for more than a month now and things have been going pretty great. We’ve sourced some really amazing tea and teaware so far. Spring harvest in Yunnan is just about in full swing. We spent most of last week in Bai Ying Shan working with the tea farmers there to pick and process their tea. We’re heading down to Xishuangbanna soon. We post updates daily to social media. If you’re not following us you’re missing out. We’re active on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. You can experience what we’re experiencing in near real time.


We're going back to China. February 04 2015

The 2015 Spring Harvest quickly approaches and we are heading back to Yunnan, China on February 8th. We will be there sourcing new tea until early April. We will not be fulfilling orders from our stateside stock until we return.

Follow our Travels

We will be living in Yunnan, China for two months this Spring sourcing high quality puerh teas. We will bring to you our amazing stories of tea hunting adventures, photographs of the people who produce these teas, excellent puerh tea, and beautiful tea wares. While we are in China we will be actively blogging and updating you with pictures and stories of our travels via social media.

As we find products that may be of interest to you we will post them and offer them for sale from our site with shipping from China. So please keep an eye out. 

Travel with us in Yunnan!

If you are interested in joining us in Yunnan this Spring for a custom tea tour we can accommodate you. You will need to email us soon so we can make plans. crimsonlotustea@gmail.com