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Autumn Tie Guan Yin Harvest Update

28-11-2013 -- UPDATE--

Latest news! The new season autumn Tie Guan Yin 2013 teas are online. 

We have to apologise to our account holders who normally receive advanced notice of teas arriving, however Wan Ling and James' flat in Shanghai is currently being redecorated and as we have not been able to take the latest pictures of the teas and are rather behind on many things.

All being well we should regain some resemblance of normality in the next 10 days so we can catch up. A newsletter will follow.

22-10-2013 -- UPDATE--

News from the tea mountains of Fujian.

Wan Ling is recently back from Fujian and selecting this autumn's AnXi Tie Guan Yin Oolong tea.

The region has been blessed with some great weather so they have been able to harvest for quite some time and produce some excellent teas. The improvement in the roads up to the higher mountains and villages has both been a blessing and a challenge.

This autumn's harvest tied in with the Chinese national holidays, sometimes known as the Golden week. The holidays are a time where most companies close for around 5-7 days to allow people to return home to visit families. With the rising affluence of Chinese, more and more people look to holiday for leisure during this time. There are an increasing number of Chinese heading to the mountains to directly buy some tea, especially as car ownership is now the norm. This caused a huge spike in early prices (double/triple) compared to normal harvests.

We have seen similar trends across China, especially in Yunnan where prices for loose leaf tea is now at a premium and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, even though the impact of the government drive to reduce gifting has reduced some of the upward pressure on tea prices from that segment of the market. 

Wan Ling's Mum and sister have been busy back in AnXi and ZangZhou sorting the mao cha and packing the teas. Wan Ling has just received our first batch of Jiu Jiu Jiu Guan (harvested 13th October), Zheng Wei Guan Yin and HongXin Te Chun Guan Wang (harvested 10th) to the Shanghai Tea Shop in XuHui. We hope to have the remaining Tie Guan Yin teas in Shanghai this week and we will aim to get them online in the UK by late November.

Contact us if you wish to make any special orders. Likewise if you have any questions please let us know.

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