This is an exciting time of the year for tea lovers. In producing regions all over the world the Spring crops are just about ready, or are being produced. We have started receiving many of the Spring crops and the first of our Summer specials.
Our efforts to help tsunami victims in Japan were fun and fruitful. We were quite gratified with the support of our 1000 Crane fundraising efforts.
New products are arriving all of the time, including items made for summer iced tea enjoyment
So grab your favorite cuppa and read on!
As always, if you have an idea for a topic or a question, we would love to hear from you.
1000 Crane Fundraiser and update on the Japanese tea situation.
As a theme for our fundraising efforts, we adapted tradition of 1000 Cranes.
Throughout the month of April The Tea Smith collected donations from our customers to help the Japanese Red Cross Society for relief of those in need in Japan. We placed an origami crane on the wall each time a donation was made. The picture shows our tea wall filled with brightly colored paper cranes during the month.
The weekend of April 17th we invited customers to enjoy some snacks, and fold their own crane.
These efforts, and a donation by The Tea Smith helped those in need financially, as well as knowing that others from around the world are caring for them. Thank you for your generosity.
As for the tea, ours is produced in Shizuoka, which is about 250km south of Tokyo.
We have been in contact with the members of the Shizuoka Tea community, and though concern in the world community is still high, there have been no signs of effects on the products in that area at this time. We will be updated on any new developments and pass them along to you.
1st Flush Darjeeling Air Shipments Have Arrived
|Cupping Darjeeling Samples|
The First Flush Spring teas from this area in Northern India are among the most anticipated by tea lovers worldwide. This year, we think the offerings were superior to those in recent years.
We selected 2 gardens to feature thus far. Jungpana Estate has long been one of our customers' favorites. This year they had a fine crop that has the balance and sweetness one would expect from the Spring tea.
We also selected an offering from Margret's Hope. This famous garden is well known for quality and consistency.
Other teas will be added as they arrive, but to get the first taste of Spring, order your Darjeeling now!
According to a recent study:
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