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Tea has been much more than a drink for thousands of years. Join In On A Unique Experience – Guided Tea Tastings

Charleston with its Long and Storied History of Tea

South Carolina was recognized for its potential tea cultivation in the 1700’s. It was in Charleston and its surrounding area, where tea plants were first brought to North America. From that time to the present, South Carolina has had a rich history of growing tea.

We specialize in guided tea tastings where you will sip the world’s most prized teas and explore the history of tea from South Carolina to Ancient China. As a group activity among friends, family, travel groups, or business colleagues, you will discover the art of tea: learning to recognize different types of teas, preparing tea and tasting tea.

Unique Charleston Experience
2 hours and 30 minutes of Tea Tasting Journey
Held at a venue of your choice

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The Most Prized Loose Leaf Tea In The World

Our Tea Tasting sessions include loose-leaf teas which are the absolute highest quality on the market. These are the grand cru wine equivalents of tea. Sourcing exclusively from historic top terroir, we guarantee transparency and authenticity. Our unparalleled expertise allows us to adhere to the rigorous standards set by generations before us.

Guided Tea Tastings

We provide guided tea tastings designed specifically for friends, family, travel groups, corporate team building and events. Our tea tastings are a unique experience which goes beyond just simply drinking tea. We also share our knowledge of growing, harvesting and crafting teas. Including the fascinating history and the many legends attached to these rare teas. Drinking 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 guided tea tastings include the sipping of the most authentic, rare, and exquisite Chinese teas. Our teas are truly ‘true origin’ teas hailing from mountains with generations of history, harvested from ancient varietals of tea trees, and crafted by heritage farmers in the utmost conservative fashion. The only ingredient in our tea is pure 100% natural loose leaf tea. The teas do not have any artificial ingredients or additives.

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History

During the tea tasting, we will take a journey and touch on 270 years of tea history in Charleston and South Carolina, including where it all began 5000 years ago in China. Have you heard about the Boston Tea Party on December 16,1773 during colonial times in Boston? Well, the Charleston Tea Party was held a couple weeks before the Boston revolt.

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Tea Culture

Tea culture is defined by the way tea is made and consumed, by the way people interact with tea, and the aesthetics surrounding tea drinking. From the Tang dynasty (618-907 CE) to Sweet Tea, a favorite in South Carolina, tea has had a major influence on cultures around the world. In 1995 South Carolina’s General Assembly determined that since tea is the “world’s most popular beverage”, besides water, of course, it should serve as the states hospitality beverage. Act Number 31 was soon ratified, making tea an official symbol of South Carolina.

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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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Home Of The Most Authentic, Rare and Exquisite loose leaf teas.

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

Guided Tea Tastings

A Unique Experience for those new to tea and to tea lovers

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