If you're new to our Straight and Pure Teas, then we recommend starting out with a popular favorite like Organic First Flush Darjeeling Black Tea, Silver Needle White Tea or Monkey Picked Oolong. Congrats on traveling toward being a true tea connoisseur!
We gravitate toward the excitement of a tea blend as much as the next tea lover. However, the more tea we drink, the more reasons we find to adore pure, single-origin teas.
For one thing, they're different every year. Tasting how each estate and region's offerings changes from one year to the next is a fascinating glimpse into what kind of impact the weather has on teas' flavors, and it makes each batch all the more precious when you see how unique it really is. It's a great exercise in presence and gratitude.
For another, they are a wonderful way to learn about terroir. Literally translated as earth or soil, the French concept of terroir refers to what makes a particular region unique in terms of its plant-based, highly variable culinary offerings, such as wine, chocolate, coffee and tea. By tasting single-origin teas from a particular region (such as Yunnan, Assam or Darjeeling), you can get to know the particular taste that the soils, weather and ecosystems impart on the tea. Fascinating!
And drinking single-origin teas is a great way to get more variety into your tea routine. Sure, drinking black tea blends that were formulated to taste the same year in and year out is a great way to make sure your cuppa is the same every morning, but if you are more adventurous than OCD, you may NOT want the same exact brew every day! And drinking unblended teas is a great way to get that variety straight from nature to your table.