TRANQUIL TUESDAYS: DISTRACTINGLY GOOD TEAS

Revealing Ancient Traditions of Luxury Tea in China

As the original land of tea, tea is deeply ingrained into the history of China.  Tea traditions are still very much a cherished part of everyday Chinese life.

Bringing You the Finest Teas that Rarely Leave the Country

China’s highest quality teas rarely leave the country. Frequently, the tea found outside of China is of inferior quality to what remains in China; it is often tea that was harvested off-season or undesirable varieties of tea.

As a result, quality Chinese tea is too often overlooked simply because it’s unfamiliar. That’s why Tranquil Tuesdays’ tea collection is designed to facilitate discovering China’s teas in a simple, enriching, and inviting way.

A Diverse Range of Small-Scale Tea Production

While some countries specialize in producing specific kinds of teas, China’s vast and diverse rural areas are conducive to growing and producing each different category of tea. China produces the full range of tea: white, green, yellow, oolong, black, and pu’er.

Generations of Care and Expertise

Even though the Chinese tea industry is vast, it is still rooted in regionally specialized, small-scale practices. The majority of Chinese tea comes from small family-owned farms, where hand-picking and hand-processing tea has been the family business for generations. China’s regionalized and small-scale tea production stands in contrast to most other tea producing countries, which have large-scale tea manufacturing.

Each small-scale tea-producing family we partner with takes pride in the pure teas that they grow, hand-pick, and hand-process. We are honored to share and showcase their artisan teas.

Showcasing China’s Diverse and Unique Tea Production Heritage

Tranquil Tuesdays is committed to the importance of provenance. Honoring the traditions of high quality tea craftsmanship, we personally source each tea from its region of historical growing origin linked to its distinctive flavor, or terroir.

Sourcing Built on Personal Relationships 

Tranquil Tuesdays travels throughout rural China to personally source all of our teas from small family-owned farms. We work directly with the families who grow, pick, and handcraft our teas, and we visit often to be able to source in small, fresh batches. Tranquil Tuesdays has been working with the same tea harvesting families for years, and we are frequently invited to stay in their homes during peak harvesting seasons.

Bringing you Tea Directly From the Source

It is very valuable for Tranquil Tuesdays to be able to visit so frequently in person. Many larger tea purveyors use multiple tea brokers or middlemen and are unable to personally attest to the growing conditions of their teas. We are able to share with you exactly what the tea farms look like, the growing and processing methods used for each tea, and the conditions of the leaves at each step of the harvest.

Pure Teas to Discover the Natural Flavors of a Harvest

Similar to wine and other natural products, tea is affected by many factors including climate, weather, and growing conditions. A tea’s natural taste will vary from harvest to harvest.

China’s best, freshest, and highest quality teas all have their own natural and inherent flavors. Though many tea purveyors add scents to their teas, such as jasmine or bergamot peel, Tranquil Tuesdays believes that the exciting flavors of pure Chinese tea are best enjoyed on their own. We are committed to providing you the chance to taste the distinct regions of China through the pure flavors of a single tea harvest.

At Tranquil Tuesdays, we believe that the variations in nature are both special and exciting. Many tea purveyors blend teas from different regions or even different countries to achieve a shelf-stable consistent taste, but we believe that blending leaves ruins the experience of drinking a tea that has a unique and special attachment to its provenance.

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