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Origins of Tea

As practitioners of direct trade we take pride in the personal relationships we have built with tea and botanical growers around the world.  Our team of buyers travels extensively each year in order to select the very best micro-lots of tea and botanicals.  Our hands-on approach allows us to verify how our organic teas are grown and offers complete traceability back to the source.

Phoenix Mountain Dancong – The Art of Tea Making

Phoenix Mountain Dancong – The Art of Tea Making

2020 is unquestionably the year of altered travel plans, rescheduling and cancellations. At Rishi Tea & Botanicals, we are fortunate to have amazing relationships with our tea farmers, which ensures we are able to access the same high quality and exceptional teas even during this chaotic time.

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Rishi Welcomes: Dr. Turmeric

Rishi Welcomes: Dr. Turmeric

We are proud to announce an exclusive partnership with “Dr. Turmeric” artisan foods from Taiwan. The “Dr. Turmeric” line ranges from turmeric noodles, sauces, condiments and cold-pressed oolong tea seed oil.  It also features several different varietals of turmeric, ginger and galangal root powders.

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Tokoname Clay

Tokoname Clay

Tokoname was the location of one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan and is also famed for Buddhist and Shinto shrine statue artisans. Tokoname is often considered to be the sister city of Yixing.

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2020 Mingqian Harvest Teas

2020 Mingqian Harvest Teas

With the change in season, we see the first crops of teas being introduced into the market. One can imagine the anticipation to the release of Beaujolais Nouveau, or other sought-after wines, and correlate the same excitement for celebrated seasons within the annual calendar of the global tea harvests.

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A Focused Look: Cultivars & Terroir in Taiwan

A Focused Look: Cultivars & Terroir in Taiwan

Rishi’s tea partners in Taiwan are amazing tea masters in Mingjian Village. The matriarch is Mrs. Yan Ying Tsao and is a significant supplier for Rishi tea. Mrs. Yan Ying Tsao has devoted her life to tea but is also a true naturalist in her farming of tea, fruits, herbs, orchids, varieties of turmeric and ginger—you name it, she grows it.

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EXPLORE OUR GARDEN DIRECT TEA

Rishi Tea & Botanicals travels extensively each year, following the peak harvest to select the very best micro-lots just days after production. This practices allows us to offer unique and delicious teas that capture the essence of their origin and are not available anywhere else in North America.

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