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Tea has been much more than a drink for thousands of years. Let us show you how tea brings people together.

The Southeast Region of the U.S. with its Long History of Tea

The Southeast Region was recognized for its potential tea cultivation in the 1700’s. It was in South Carolina, near Charleston, where tea plants were first brought to North America in 1799 by famed French botanist André Michaux as a gift for future governor Henry Middleton, owner of Middleton Barony. From that time to the present, South Carolina has had a rich history of growing tea with contributions from Charleston and the surrounding areas.

We specialize in private tea presentations where you will enjoy the world’s most prized teas and explore the history of tea from South Carolina to Ancient China. Tea has brought people together for thousands of years, creating a sense of harmony and a positive gesture of sharing and goodwill. As a group activity among friends, family or business colleagues, the presentation promotes the goals of having resilient relationships and strong alliances.

The Most Prized Tea In The World.

All of the loose-leaf teas we carry are the absolute highest quality on the market. Sourcing exclusively from historic top terrior, we guarantee transparency and authenticity. Our unparalleled expertise allows us to adhere to the rigorous standards set by generations before us.

Tea Presentations

We provide private tea presentations designed specifically for friends, groups, professional team building, and events. If you’ve never experienced one, a tea presentation is much more than simply drinking tea. We’d love to show you how tea can be the centerpiece of boundless conversation.

“The very act of preparing and serving tea encourages conversation. The little spaces in time created by teatime rituals call out to be filled with conversation. Even the tea itself–warm and comforting–inspires a feeling of relaxation and trust that fosters shared confidences.” – Emilie Barnes, author

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Quality

Our tea presentations include the tasting of the most authentic, rare, and exquisite Chinese teas. The finest tea leaves are those coming from China’s top terroir regions because of the level of artisanship developed over centuries and the very high accountability for holistic farming to preserve this ancient history.

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History

Take a journey with us and explore 270 years of tea history in Charleston and South Carolina, including where it all began 5000 years ago in China.

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Tea Culture

Tea culture is defined by the way tea is made and consumed, by the way the people interact with tea, and by the aesthetics surrounding tea drinking. Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE), tea has had a major influence on the development of Chinese culture as well as cultures around the world.

About Richard

Prior to moving to the Charleston, South Carolina area, Richard lived in Hong Kong for twelve years. When he first arrived in Hong Kong, he was presented with a welcome gift of Chinese tea. Fascinated by the taste of the tea, he started to research the various types of tea produced in China and his passion for tea began. From there he studied the history of Chinese tea and the different vessels used to brew the tea. Richard has visited tea farms in the historic regions of China and Taiwan. In addition, he participated in the processing of the famous green tea in the Hangzhou Longjing Tea Village of China from the early morning picking of the tea leaves, to the processing and roasting to the final product for distribution. 

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The Traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Porcelain gaiwan and three cups on a tea desk chaban.

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Tea leaves steeping during a traditional Chinese tea ceremony

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