We traveled to San Francisco to see family in the beginning of this year and got to visit the very wonderful Song Tea & Ceramics store.
We have followed them on Instagram for a few months by then and was thrilled to be able finally see the store in person and meet Peter, the owner. Peter came from Red Blossom Company and had over a decade of experience in tea sourcing and buying. He very kindly welcomed us with a flight of tea tasting while patiently explaining each tea and why it was special. Sampling his beautiful collection was a real treat. We left feeling energized knowing someone is bringing such wonderful selection to the people of SF while feeling pretty excited about trying the varietals we brought home.
Winter Sprout was harvested in a tea garden high up in the mountains of Shan Lin Xi in Taiwan. It's is called Winter Sprout because the tea is made from tea buds that sprouted during a snap of warmth in the midst of Winter. The buds then matured very slowly under the harsh and cold weather, which intensified the vegetal sweetness of this varietal more than other high elevation oolongs produced in the same region.