For centuries, tea was the living jewel carefully tended and crafted by devoted artisans of the East.
From its discovery in China, the allure of tea has since spread to the rest of the world. A few hundred years ago, tea was a valuable commodity for the foreign traders who risked life and limb in their eagerness to satisfy the appetite for tea in their homelands. From eastern dynasties to western empires, tea was the drink of civilization. Even today tea surpasses all other beverages in popularity. But the passion for superior crafted tea has dimmed as modern cultivation and industrial processes have flooded today's global markets with cheap, mediocre tea. In this climate of easy accessibility the quest for traditionally prepared, exceptional quality tea has become our siren call.
Of the many thousands of tea varieties available, only a rarified few are offered by the Mandarin's Tea Room.
To ensure the choicest picks of the season we travel frequently to the regions where our teas are produced. Unlike most other purveyors that must rely on second hand distribution, our teas are acquired directly from the tea farms. This guarantees minimal handling of the fragile leaf, superior quality and optimal storage. Our exclusive relationships with the tea growers ensure up to date information on the season's harvests and tea production. Because of the labor intensive techniques used to produce tea at such a refined level, quantities are limited and seasonal. There is less to share but more to appreciate.
The Mandarin's Tea Room was created to preserve and share the beauty of our past and to return tea to it's status as a uniquely natural treasure. Along with our catalogue of exclusive teas, a wealth of information, distilled from our experiences and discoveries, is now available online. Within our virtual tearooms, new levels of tea appreciation await discerning individuals looking to educate their palates. Tea offers a bounty of delights through taste and smell. It can also be a feast for the eyes and each of our teas are exquisitely packaged to reflect the precious gift within.
Like the Mandarins of history, tea and its time honored rituals are our passion. Their spirit lives on with every sip.