Happy Lunar New Year! Year of the Rabbit
Seven Cups
by andrew
6d ago
Newsletter Archive Jan. 20, 2023 Happy Lunar New Year! This weekend is the Spring Festival, the marker of a new lunar year, auspicious and pure. We hope your Rabbit year hops off to a happy start with good luck, good company, and good tea. We’re celebrating the event with our once-per-year sale of 20% off ALL tea and teaware that’s not already on sale. Use the coupon code RABBIT when checking out online or in-store to get your discount. This discount only lasts through the weekend (ending midnight Sunday, January 22nd), so be careful not to wait too long. Walking through the door of the new t ..read more
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Two teas from two Living Treasures: A lineage of mastery in Wuyishan.
Seven Cups
by andrew
2w ago
Newsletter Archive Jan. 13, 2023 The king of Rock Wulong, Liu Guoying’s Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe), is here. With it also comes Liu Dexi’s Tie Luo Han (Iron Monk). We never take the availability of these teas for granted. It’s only through our friendship with the Messrs Liu that they are available to us. Every year we buy these teas, we are grateful to be able to get them, particularly for Liu Guoying’s Da Hong Pao, since exclusivity contracts make it so that all of his tea is virtually spoken for the moment it’s made. Part of what makes them so sought after is that Liu Guoying and Liu Dexi a ..read more
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The Personal Touch: Two tea makers and the rock wulong they make.
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by andrew
3w ago
Newsletter Archive Jan. 6, 2023 This weekend we’re featuring four rock wulongs, including two benchmark classics, Rougui (Cassia Bark) and Shuixian (Narcissus), and two from the road-less-traveled, Ba Xian (Eight Immortals) and Xiao Hong Pao (Little Red Robe). Wulong tea, with its complex and labor-intensive processing, can show the personal touch of its maker in ways other styles don’t. The tea makers of Wuyishan know this very well. Personal brands, private contracts, expert competitions, and prestigious names abound in this little mountain town. It’s the domain of the auteur tea maker. Som ..read more
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The Gift: All this year and the next.
Seven Cups
by andrew
3w ago
Newsletter Archive Dec. 30, 2022 Dang! It’s been a weird, scary, challenging, and amazing year. We always say this at the end of every milestone, but it’s always true – it’s a gift to still be here, doing something we care about, and getting to share it with so many people we care about too. Of course, none of that would be possible without you. In that spirit, we’d like to try something different for this weekend. We’d like to extend those feelings of gratitude into an actual thank you gift. If you place an order this weekend (Friday – Sunday) and spend over 100 dollars, you’ll find an extra ..read more
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It’s time to take a pause.
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by Elizabeth Miranda
1M ago
Newsletter Archive Dec. 23, 2022 The cold weather, the long nights, the holidays – now is when all the signs are telling us to take a pause. But really, most of us are rushing and working as much as ever. We crank away under year-end deadlines and crises, the peak hospitality season, and the holiday shuffle. We live within this contradiction, but we still hope you’ll manage to take a moment out (perhaps with a cup of tea?) and just exist. If you’d like some tea for that “moment out”, we’ve got a recommendation. This weekend, you can put your feet up and enjoy some of our best selling green te ..read more
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Lion Food (Oranges, Cabbage, and Red Envelopes) for the Grand Opening
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by andrew
1M ago
Newsletter Archive Dec. 1, 2022 Zhuping getting the ribbon ready for the grand opening. This Saturday is the grand opening celebration of our new teahouse with a ribbon cutting, a lion dance, and martial arts and musical performances from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The lanterns are hung, the red ribbon is knotted, and we’ve even got a sign on the front of the building. If you stop by for a visit, we welcome you to bring a few dollars of lucky money to feed the lion with. Red envelopes full of small bills are a vital supplement to its symbolic diet of oranges (for good fortune) and cabbage (for t ..read more
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Black teas from the early origins: Three classics in top form.
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by andrew
3M ago
Newsletter Archive Nov. 4, 2022 This weekend only, you can get 20% off three black teas, one from each of China’s most celebrated and historic centers of black tea production. Each is made from spring leaf from this year, unbroken and unblended for a true picture of their origin. Tongmu Lapsang Souchong: The very first black tea from the original village that invented it. The resinous incense qualities of pine smoke are there, yes, but the real star of the show is the longan-fruit sweetness, unique to authentic Tongmu black tea. Qimen Caixia (Sunrise Qimen): The unconventional of the historic ..read more
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Flowers from Exile: Dan Cong Wulong
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by andrew
3M ago
Newsletter Archive Oct. 7, 2022 Dan Cong wulong is a tea of contrasts – it’s potent and nuanced, it’s both sharp and mellow, it’s astringent and sweet all at once. This year, we selected a micro-lot to celebrate the dynamism of the Dan Cong style. Welcome Jianghua Xiang (Ginger Flower). If you’re a Tasting Flight subscriber, you’ll automatically get a 25 gram bag of Jianghua Xiang  (along with another very nice selection) in this month’s delivery. If you’re not a Tasting Flight subscriber, you can still sign up and not miss the month. The brilliant amber-golden infusion of Jianghua Xiang ..read more
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How do you learn the difference between tea terroir, plant variety and processes?
Seven Cups
by andrew
5M ago
Newsletter Archive Aug. 26, 2022 We’re featuring six teas this week that are perfect for comparative tasting: that’s black teas Zui Chun Fang (Drunken Peach) and Dianhong Gongfu; wulongs Jin Guanyin (Golden Tieguanyin) and Chuantong Tieguanyin (Traditional Tieguanyin); and green teas Ming Qian Anji Baicha (Early Harvest Anji) and Mao Jian (Misty New Top). People often ask, “How do I learn about tea?” Our advice: “Taste it.” That answer might seem overly simple at first – where can we even begin to grasp a subject with 5000 years of history, over 60 different national origins (and countless re ..read more
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The Favorite Daughters of Sichuan
Seven Cups
by andrew
5M ago
Newsletter Archive Aug. 19, 2022 This weekend we’re featuring all jasmine teas, all gaiwan and all tea accessories. Born of Sichuan, humble and sophisticated, ancient and modern: a well-used Gaiwan exudes charm and commands reverence. As the legend goes, the first gaiwan was designed by the daughter of a Tang Dynasty Provincial Governor. In the damp cold of the dynasty’s western border, she designed a lid to keep her bowl of tea warm (they drank their tea from bowls in those days, oh yes). She then made a saucer of wood and wax to keep the vessel full of hot liquid cool to the touch. And ..read more
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