If you have ever wondered where the tea you’re drinking comes from, you’re not alone. When you drink tea, you can taste the place in which it was grown. Much of the flavor is deeply connected to a particular mountainside, village, or master craftsman. Whether you know the origins of the tea or not, you are tasting that specific place in each cup. Here at Stone Leaf Teahouse, we think that it is important to know specifically where and who the tea we drink comes from.
This commitment to traceability is what separates us from many other tea companies. We work hard to visit tea gardens around the world to ensure that that connection between tea grower and tea drinker stays strong. Now, you can follow our travels and be a part of the adventure right from your computer!
Click here to visit our tea atlas page where you can use interactive Google Maps to see where exactly we get many of our teas. There is even a Google Earth tour at the bottom that stops at several tea destinations as it flies you around world. Happy travels!
Anji Bud Infused
Anji Bai Cha First Harvest of Spring
Our recent travels in Zhejiang Province 浙 江 also included a trip to the land of bamboo forests (where Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon was filmed) and tea gardens amongst the hills.
Before touring the tea garden, we of course sampled the tea processed the day before. This is a small family operation, where the tea is processed by hand next door to their home.
Tea leaf freshly picked, awaiting processing
After withering, the leaf is shuffled back and forth in this machine, rounding the edges of the bud, and shaping the leaf into a needle-like appearance.
Finished Leaf, ready to drink at Stone Leaf Teahouse
Anji Bai Cha安吉白茶 is a fairly new cultivar discovered in Huzhou prefecture 湖州, the home of Lu Yu, the Sage of Tea. Tea from this cultivar produces a unique white bud with dark veins when infused.
The tea gardens of Anji are relatively young, only twenty years old. Harvests are made in the early spring with utmost care to pick only the top bud and young leaf, producing a delicate and smooth liquor.
Anji Tea Gardens
Tea from these gardens, harvested by this family, are now being served in Middlebury, Vermont!