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Lunar New Year

Celebrating the beginning of spring, honoring deities and ancestors with an exhuberant blend of vivid colors, festivities and age-old traditions

Based off the lunisolar calendar, the lunar new year is the first day of the first lunar month – the second new moon after the winter solstice.

A Chinese Yixing Tea Story

Gong Fu Cha, the ancient Chinese tea ceremony, is the art of using aged Pu-Erh or rare Oolong teas, the Yixing teapot, and thimble-sized cups to appreciate and enjoy tea.

THE RITUAL OF GONG FU CHA


Take Part in the Yixing Tea Ceremony

TRADITIONAL TEAS OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR

Brimming with sophistication and complexity of palate, luxuriate in the quintessential blends of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

EXQUISITE OOLONGS


LOOSE LEAF TEA | OOLONG
LOOSE LEAF TEA | OOLONG
LOOSE LEAF TEA | OOLONG

LUNAR LEGACIES


LOOSE LEAF TEA | GREEN
LOOSE LEAF TEA | BLACK

Strength and Determination in the Year of the Ox


Defining the 12-year repeating cycles of the zodiac, each lunar year is named after an animal in the order of the Great Race.

The legend unfolds as the Jade Emperor, celebrating his birthday, decides to hold a great race. Calling for all the animals to participate, the first 12 to finish would be given a place within the calendar, with each year being named after the animals in the order in which they finished.

The mighty Ox was persuaded by the cunning Rat to transport him across the treacherous river. As the Rat jumped ahead to victory once safe from the swell, the Ox fell to second place in the zodiac calendar.

Those born in the year of the Ox are said to be hardworking, intelligent and reliable. 2021 is a lucky year of the metal Ox, which is specifically meaningful for strong relationships. The Lunar New Year is on February 12, 2021, and runs until January 31, 2022.

A Modernist Approach to the Traditional Envelope


Imperial Oolong and Organic Long Life Green couple in a new expression of the traditional "lai see” or “hong bao". Embrace harmony and fortune. Treasure the lucky leaves within.

Year of the Ox Tea Blends


  • IMPERIAL DRAGONWELL
  • ORGANIC JASMINE PEARL
  • IMPERIAL TUNG TING OOLONG
IMPERIAL DRAGONWELL

Dragonwell, or Lung Ching, is one of the most famous of the Chinese green teas, grown in picturesque Hangzhou, Zheijiang Province, China. Many legends surround the discovery of tea. The oldest known is this Chinese tale:

"One breezy day in the year 2737 BCE, in the shade of his garden, the Emperor Chen-Nung was enjoying a cup of boiled water, the hygienic custom of the day. Carried by the wind, leaves from a neighbouring bush fell into his imperial cup. They were leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant, and the Emperor experienced such a feeling of refreshment and well-being that he vowed to take a cup each day. Thus was born the custom of drinking tea."

ORGANIC JASMINE PEARL

Originally harvested from wild tea bushes, white tea was discovered by ancient tea connoisseurs who were on the lookout for the ultimate tea. They discovered that the immature buds yielded the most delicate flavor.

“Walking down the Yangtze River, you pick a young, unopened bud. The unblemished silver leaf is refreshingly free from the taint of civilization. Return to the state of nature and enjoy this tea for a beautiful, gentle experience.”

IMPERIAL TUNG TING OOLONG

Oolong tea offers a palate of sophistication and complexity. The tradition surrounding oolong tea preparation is Gong Fu Cha, the art of using high quality oolong, the Yixing teapot and thimble-sized cups to appreciate and enjoy tea. To discover the full story of Gong Fu Cha, discover our blog article on A Chinese Yixing Tea Story.

“It is these rituals which make tea culture so meaningful."

Gain Luck with the Fortune Collection

CHINESE TEAS FOR THE CONNOISSEUR'S CUP

Discover the Fortune Collection, a curation of elevated blends that pay homage to the ancient traditions of tea, and draw forth wisdom, prosperity and age-old technique.

BLENDS OF FORTUNE


LOOSE LEAF TEA | WHITE
LOOSE LEAF TEA | WHITE
LOOSE LEAF TEA | WHITE
LOOSE LEAF TEA | WHITE
LOOSE LEAF TEA | GREEN
LOOSE LEAF TEA | OOLONG

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