Watch our oolong tea maker Mr. Xue processing leaves (Yao Qing/摇青) late at night! Oolong tea has the longest and most complex tea-making process. Because of the water loss, fresh leaves must be processed to a “half-treated” state within hours after the harvest. This means during the tea season, tea makers must work overnight to process all harvested leaves in time. Tea-making is an incredibly difficult and demanding work. • • Follow @valleybrooktea  and get our daily tea updates! • • #valleybrooktea  #chinesetea  #tea  #wuyitea  #rocktea  #oolongtea  #blacktea  #whitetea  #dahongpao  #rougui  #wuyishan  #wuyimountain  #gongfutea  #kungfutea  #jinjunmei  #teablog  #teaharvest  #teatable  #zhengyan  #yancha  #dupontcircle  #washingtondc
Morning walk in our tea fields. • • Follow @valleybrooktea  and get our daily tea updates! • • #valleybrooktea  #chinesetea  #tea  #wuyitea  #rocktea  #oolongtea  #blacktea  #whitetea  #dahongpao  #rougui  #wuyishan  #wuyimountain  #gongfutea  #kungfutea  #jinjunmei  #teablog  #teaharvest  #teatable  #zhengyan  #yancha  #dupontcircle  #washingtondc
A full rainbow-like sun halo above our tea fields today. 🌈 • • Follow @valleybrooktea  and get our daily tea updates! • • #valleybrooktea  #chinesetea  #tea  #wuyitea  #rocktea  #oolongtea  #blacktea  #whitetea  #dahongpao  #rougui  #wuyishan  #wuyimountain  #gongfutea  #kungfutea  #jinjunmei  #teablog  #teaharvest  #teatable  #zhengyan  #yancha  #dupontcircle  #washingtondc
The time has come! Shincha Classic 2021 is already on its way and if everything goes smoothly, it will be available from 5th of May on - pre-order now quickly - link in bio 🌿💚 Why did this happen so fast?! This year's Shincha Classic consists of 100% Yutaka Midori - a cultivar that has particularly convinced our Tea Tasters in Japan with its intense color and full aroma. Therefore, it was decided that this tea in itself offers such a well-rounded taste experience that no addition of other cultivars is necessary. And since this cultivar is one of the first to be harvested in spring, the Shincha Classic could be produced and shipped as early as never before! #keikotee #greentea #tea #teafield #grüntee #grünertee #shincha #aracha #teezeit #teetrinken #frühpflückung #flugtee #teatasting #teagardens #teegarten #japanesetea #organictea #teastagram #teebauer #kagoshima #teafarm #teafarmer #instatea #teaharvest #tee #looseleaftea #teagarden #firstflush #japanesetea #teaplants
These are some tiny little buds. Sampling the 2021 Silver Needle again after writing the product description and putting it up on the site. I’ve had a lot of Silver Needle tea over the years, and like all tea varietals, there are good teas and there are bad teas. Why so much variety? White tea is one of the most weather-dependent teas around. You need good sun and fair breeze for a few contiguous days during a time of year when spring showers are frequent. You need a maker that understands the subtleties of temperature, light, and air flow. You need good source material. You need dedicated pickers (better if they’re paid by day instead of weight). You need modern processing equipment, including the space and skill to charcoal roast the tea upon its final drying. Cut corners on any of these steps, and the price drops, but so does the quality. Part of being in China and sourcing teas is sifting through the bad teas to find the best quality within the realm of sane prices. At the end of the day, we could find a pound of Silver Needle that sells from a few dollars a pound all the way up a few thousand dollars a pound. Thus it’s down to our discretion, to your feedback, and to logical parameters of price and quality that guide our sourcing and inform our offerings. This Silver Needle checked in on the higher side of that scale, but we couldn’t bare to skip on a quality tea like this. The 2021 Silver Needle is now available on our site on its own, and is also featured in the Fuding White Tea Sample Box. . . . . . #quality #buzzwords #like #onlythefinest #artisantea #raretea #onlythebest #silverneedle #yinzhen #mudanwang #baimudan #whitepeony #whitetea #shoumei #fuding #fudingwhitetea #chinesetea #teatime #tealeaves #teabuds #teaphotography #gongfuchag #gongfutea #tealife #chalife #teacommunity #teasourcing #teaharvest #teamaking
As you might know, there are over hundreds of tea plant varieties in Wuyi mountains. Different tea plants grow different leaves that vary in shapes, sizes, maturity dates and etc. • • Follow @valleybrooktea  and get our daily tea updates! • • #valleybrooktea  #chinesetea  #tea  #wuyitea  #rocktea  #oolongtea  #blacktea  #whitetea  #dahongpao  #rougui  #wuyishan  #wuyimountain  #gongfutea  #kungfutea  #jinjunmei  #teablog  #teaharvest  #teatable  #zhengyan  #yancha  #dupontcircle  #washingtondc
This picture shows our “Tall Shui Xian” plants. Shui Xian/水仙 plant is a unique oolong variety. Unlike most other tea plants used in oolong tea-making, which are bushes, Shui Xian is actually a tree. This means Shui Xian plants can grow taller and older. In our tea production, there’re actually multiple Shui Xian products. For example, there are “Tall Shui Xian/高枞水仙” and “Old Shui Xian/老枞水仙”. Both Shui Xian have their own distinctive features. In the upcoming year, we’ll offer a limited number of different oolong Shui Xian varieties at our DuPont Circle store. Visit us regularly and check if there are specials in-store programs! • • Follow @valleybrooktea  and get our daily tea updates! • • #valleybrooktea  #chinesetea  #tea  #wuyitea  #rocktea  #oolongtea  #blacktea  #whitetea  #dahongpao  #rougui  #wuyishan  #wuyimountain  #gongfutea  #kungfutea  #jinjunmei  #teablog  #teaharvest  #teatable  #zhengyan  #yancha  #dupontcircle  #washingtondc
Our tea fields in Wuyi Mountains are actually located within the UNESCO World Heritage site. Wuyi Mountains area is one of only 39 “Mixed Heritage” in the world (for both cultural and natural). The tourism doesn’t really ends when you leave Wuyi Mountains. For example, we drove 2 hours away from our tea fields and took this photo. Just look how gorgeous it is. • • Follow @valleybrooktea  and get our daily tea updates! • • #valleybrooktea  #chinesetea  #tea  #wuyitea  #rocktea  #oolongtea  #blacktea  #whitetea  #dahongpao  #rougui  #wuyishan  #wuyimountain  #gongfutea  #kungfutea  #jinjunmei  #teablog  #teaharvest  #teatable  #zhengyan  #yancha  #dupontcircle  #washingtondc
Soon the new harvest will also start in the central regions of Japan. Fresh green sencha will soon be available as tea farmers are getting ready for the busiest time of the year! Let’s hope for a good and fruitful harvest. We are eagerly looking forward to tasting this year’s wonderful new creations 🙏🏻🍃 #shincha #greentea #teaharvest #teagarden #shigaprefecture #traditionaltea #organictea #pesticidefree #authenticity #purity #qualitea
【製茶スケジュール決まりました】 今年は今のところ順調に新芽が育っています。 4/24-5/10の期間(予定)を製茶集中期間として、店舗飲食はお休みさせて頂きます。その間は、お茶のワークショップイベント開催や、紅茶工房にて製茶中を公開させて頂く予定です。 イベント詳細、参加申し込みは @joshunen 如春園ホームページにてご確認ください。 #お茶摘み #茶摘み #製茶期間 #お茶のワークショップ #茶摘み体験 #お茶作り体験 #紅茶作り体験 #teaharvest #teaplucking #八十八夜
More Mudan. We were given so many Baimudan samples this year, so much fresh white peony from farms we don’t usually work with. In one such sample we saw a mixed picking of three different grades of Baimudan, all produced together, King Peony, Exceptional Grade Peony, and White Peony. This, to us, was a reminder that there are few hard lines in picking and processing tea. Tea will begin budding again and creating new leaves a few days after it is picked. And thus, all throughout the harvest season, there will be some new shoots that are only silver needle buds; some shoots that are a bud and a single leaf, others that have a few leaves. These will be growing all simultaneously depending on the plant, the area, the last pick, the amount of sun and water and whatnot. To have a tea with a very uniform pick is truly a masterful work achieved by the team of pickers and by the sorting of the producer. Even though this Baimudan had three different types of picks, their character all added an interesting complexity to the final brew. . . . #baimudan #mudanwang #jipinbaimudan #whitepeony #kingpeony #tea #chinesetea #whitetea #fudingwhitetea #tealeaves #teaphotography #gaiwan #teaware #woodfiredgaiwan #tealife #chalife #teageek #teahead #teapick #teaharvest #gongfutea #gongfucha #teaholic #teaddict #teacommunity #teamakers #teamaking
Photos by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto / Springtime in tulou land: Perfectly groomed rows of tea plants surround a traditional circular tulou—which means earthen building—a communal dwelling of the Hakka people in Fujian, China. The highest grade tea leaves are picked in early spring starting now. #tulou #hakka #teaharvest #tea #teatime
Our oolong harvest just started! Oolong has one of the lasted harvest dates because oolong tea-making require stronger and larger fresh leaves. • • Follow @valleybrooktea  and get our daily tea updates! • • #valleybrooktea  #chinesetea  #tea  #wuyitea  #rocktea  #oolongtea  #blacktea  #whitetea  #dahongpao  #rougui  #wuyishan  #wuyimountain  #gongfutea  #kungfutea  #jinjunmei  #teablog  #teaharvest  #teatable  #zhengyan  #yancha  #dupontcircle  #washingtondc
Photos by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto / Springtime in tulou land: Perfectly groomed rows of tea plants surround a traditional circular tulou—which means earthen building—a communal dwelling of the Hakka people in Fujian, China. The highest grade tea leaves are picked in early spring starting now. #tulou #hakka #teaharvest #tea #teatime Reposted from @natgeo #hiddenpalestine #ramallah #naturalspring #palestine🇵🇸 #thesephotovibes #instagram #travel #explore #nature #landscape #naturephotography #landscapephotography #wanderlust #photooftheday #photo #travelphotography #wanderlusting #travelawesome #photographylovers #photographylover #view #travelvibes #photography📷 #photooftheday #photoarena_nature #photographyislifee
「本簀(ほんず)」による覆下園が、徐々に完成していきます。 既によしずをかけてある茶園に更に藁(ワラ)を降り、周りに「こも(藁を編んだ物)」で茶園を囲み、遮光します。 実際に茶園の上に登って作業をするので、注意を払います。 自然素材の #本簀 による覆いは、藁が落ちて土に還ることで肥料になるため、年を重ねると、より良いお茶が育てられます。  葦と藁を一層一層被せるのは手間のかかる作業ですが、その分遮光率が調整しやすく、お茶の木の芽の出具合に合わせて、被せる藁などを微調整できます。 茶園の中は、温度が抑えられて湿度が多く、そして暗い状態になりました。 #MarukyuKoyamaen #品質本位の茶づくり #伝統技術 #覆下園 #茶園 #茶畑 #お茶屋 #新茶 #宇治茶 #宇治抹茶 #日本茶 #2021新茶 #お茶のある暮らし #お茶の時間 #茶の湯 #お茶好きな人と繋がりたい #抹茶好きな人と繋がりたい #お茶を楽しむ #てん茶  #碾茶 #tea #japanesetea #matcha #ujitea #kyoto #teagarden #teafarm #teaharvest #shincha
Tea skiffing work is very important and necessary step of mechanical tea harvesting #tea #teaplucking #teapruning #teaharvest #tealand #teaboss #teafarm #teafactory #teaprocessing
Here you can see the tea leaves in the different stages from leaf to aracha. The steps are as follows: 👉 Steaming 👉 Pressing and hot air drying at the same time 👉 Pre-rolling 👉 Rolling to needle shape 👉 Screening 👉 Drying with firing to approx. 5-6% residual moisture for aracha #keikotee #greentea #tea #teafield #grüntee #grünertee #shincha #aracha #teezeit #teetrinken #frühpflückung #flugtee #teatasting #teagardens #teegarten #japanesetea #organictea #teastagram #teebauer #kagoshima #teafarm #teafarmer #instatea #teaharvest #tee #looseleaftea #teagarden #firstflush #japanesetea #teaplants