Long Kou Farm—transliterated as Dragon's Mouth—is a mid-sized organic tea farm in Guangxi province. It's our preferred source for most of our Chinese green teas, along with our flagship oolong, Gui Shan. We've been partners for over five years.
Traditionally Guangxi doesn't have the cache that more famous tea regions carry, despite a long and beautiful history of tea planting. That underdog status drew us here to begin with. There are local varietals of tea bush, like Linyun Baihao, that can't be found anywhere else. The terroir is less bold and malty than the region's western neighbor, Yunnan.
Since the beginning, we've worked side-by-side with our friends at Long Kou to meet new FDA standards and pursue our joint goals for sustainable, organic cultivation.
Mingfu Lei is one of the tea masters and head producers at Long Kou. He's passionate for traditional production methods and, aside from tea, has a soft spot for Australian red wine.
He's a dear friend. When we're not cupping teas at his farm, he joins us in our travels in the region, introducing us to local tea culture and new friends.
This tea is certified organic and produced to fair labor standards. Gui Shan is our answer to a tea market saturated with low-quality, conventional oolongs—like...View full product details