We strive to bring you the most prized teas to create a singular experience steeped in Chinese traditions.
Every Spring, we head to the deepest mountains in China to eat, sleep and work alongside the heritage farmers to produce the world’s most prized teas. We walk an untrodden path to preserve a 2000-year old art that is the epic romance between man and nature.
We commission all of our teas in the most conservative fashion to bring discerning connoisseurs the utmost traditional essence of historical teas. Every tea in our selection is harvested for only 10 to 15 days a year from renowned tea mountains that were hailed by emperors and artists alike.
We have exclusive rights to some of the rarest teas and carry teas from all six categories – Green, Yellow, White, Wu Long, Red and Black – as well as the sub-categories that include Cliff Tea, Dan Cong, and Pu Er. Every bud and leaf is handpicked and handcrafted meticulously with time perfected artisanship. Each batch cannot be recreated just as nature cannot be duplicated.
- TERROIR - Soil and Climate
- Tea is a Product of Location. Since no two places are the same, authentic tea must be grown in the region historically known for producing the variety of tea.
- VARIETAL - Plant and Provenance
- Indigenous or heirloom varietals are required to produce the authentic tea. The age of the tea tree itself determines the characteristics of the tea.
- CRAFT - Harvesting and Processing
- Tea harvesting and processing techniques are the result of centuries of refinement. Authentic tea must be harvested at the appropriate time and handcrafted with utmost care.
Authentic tea is complex. Purchasing a tea sourced from a historic region does not mean the specific batch is processed traditionally or picked within the desired window or from the desired varietal. Similarly, a tea processed using traditional methods but lacking the correct varietal and terroir does not qualify as authentic tea.
Authentic tea satisfies all three criteria of terroir, varietal and craft. Tea Drunk strives to uphold and protect this standard. Factors such as location, varietal, age of tea tree and season are all considered in determining the authenticity of a tea. It is then through artful hand crafting and brewing that we unlock the the full quality of the tea.
Tea Drunk’s unparalleled expertise allows us to commission and source teas that adhere to the rigorous standards of authentic tea. It is our mission to bring authentic teas to the world. Through education and access, we aim to create a healthy market to sustain the incredible artistry of authentic tea.
In Chinese culture, the term “drunk” doesn’t have a negative connotation. Instead it is a romantic expression used to describe one’s indulgence in true passion. For example a poet would describe himself being drunk starlight, the gaze of a lover, or the intense beauty of the sun setting over a mountain range. Tea Drunk is a celebration of the epic romance between man and nature.