Spring Tea Sourcing Timing
Some Oolong Tea sellers offer spring tea early in the season, we prefer to wait. Why do we offer Spring tea when we do? Having sourced tea in Taiwan for over 20 consecutive springs, our experience has provided a few local industry reasons.
1. Having A Complete Tea Menu.
We like to offer our full seasonal menu all at once rather than in
Spring tea harvest season in Taiwan typically spans 3 months. It starts in March at low
Some years, the highest elevation teas are not harvested until early June. True Lishan or
2. The Roasting Process.
Tea roasting can be a month-long process. Roasting can take about 10 days, and then the tea needs to 'rest' before it can be vacuum sealed.
3. Tea competition season.
We have learned to wait until just after the entry period for local tea competitions, which is usually May 10-15. This is because our sources are busy (and sometimes stressed) dealing with many different tasks at once. They are
So if we can be patient and wait until this work is done, we have found it to be to our advantage. We have learned that the tea that is available after the artisans have submitted their entries to be comparable, if not equal in quality, to what they have chosen. We are also given a lot more time and consideration from our sources if we let them get through their frantic rush time and visit them when the pressure is off.
In short, we've found it to be a win-win situation to scout out the overall harvest situation, starting with the earliest harvests, and wait until harvesting is done and competition entries have been submitted. This brings us into May. Then, within the next 2-3 weeks, we can source our highest elevation teas that have just been freshly harvested. These teas are made to be left unroasted, so are available immediately after harvest.