Buying Tea from ATS

A question we are often asked by those who taste our teas in seminars or at our home is “Where can I find this amazing tea?”

ATS only carries the teas I personally drink. ATS is not a tea company and we are not in the tea business, but as we are so often asked where we source the tea we serve, we do make them available to those who appreciate their complexities and understand connoisseur teas are more expensive. If you are looking for less expensive teas, please visit the many companies out there who sell teas as a business. There is nothing I care more about than tea. Wulongs from Mt. Li in Taiwan, truly hand cooked Longjing from Meijiawu in China, specialty teas from unknown regions due to the small harvests they produce. If it is on this page, then I personally drink it. Information on how to order as well as pour tea is at the bottom of this page.

2016 Spring Green Teas from China

April Harvest Longjing Green Tea from Hangzhou

China’s most famous green tea, Longjing is also known in the west as Dragon Well Green Tea.  Andrew & JulieAnn lived in the Mei Jia Wu Longjing tea village for 4 years, growing their own tea and cooking it traditionally by hand. Now back in the USA, they are only sourcing Longjing picked and prepared by hand–from the first cook to the final finish. Today, even the best of the farmers use a machine for the first cook and only finish by hand. Compare the green color and clear taste our Longjing has, which is the flavor described by Emperor Qianlong,  vs. the yellow shaded and roasted nutty flavor it has become known for due to machine cooking over the past 20 years.

Brewing Methods: by the cup: warm the cup, then add 3-6 grams of tea. Fill with 170˙F water & let steep. In this method, the tea can be re-steeped 2-3 times. In a small teapot: warm the pot, then use 6-10g. Use 170˙F water & let steep 1 to 2 minutes before straining. In this method, the tea can be resteeped 3-5 times. In a large pot: warm the pot, then use 10-20g & 180˙ water. The tea can be left to steep for a long period or strained to achieve a milder taste. In this method, the tea can be resteeped 1-2 times.

  • $25 for a 125 gram bag (12-40 servings)

March Harvest Longjing Green Tea from Hangzhou

This is a very expensive Longjing which, if proper effort is made, is religious. While there are even more expensive grades available to us, we have found this to be the best tasting grade. The more expensive grades are only more expensive because they are picked very early in the seaon–valuable in the past when there were only the traditional bushes, but meaning nothing now that the farmers are planting early sprouting hybrids. Hand cooked from start to finish, this is not a tea to drink without making the effort to uncover its magic.

Brewing Methods: by the cup: warm the cup, then add 3-6 grams of tea. Fill with 170˙F water & let steep. In this method, the tea can be re-steeped 2 times. In a small teapot: warm the pot, then use 6-10g. Use 170˙F water & let steep 1 minute before straining. In this method, the tea can be resteeped 3 times.

  • $230 for a 125 gram bag

2016 Spring Wulong Teas from Taiwan

Dongding Wulong (harvested at 600 meters elevation)

Dong Ding is Taiwan’s most well-known Wulong tea. Grown on the mountains around the Deer Valley tea region of central Taiwan, it features a mildly roasted flavor. Its mild taste makes it excellent for everyday drinking in a large or small pot and is often brewed strong & then poured over ice in the hot summer months.

Brewing Methods: by the cup: warm the cup, then add 3-6 grams of tea. Fill with 185˙F water & let steep. In this method, the tea can be re-steeped 2-3 times. In a small teapot: warm the pot, then use 6-10g. Use 185˙ water & let steep 1 to 2 minutes before straining. In this method, the tea can be resteeped 3-5 times. In a large pot: warm the pot, then use 10-20g & 190˙ water. The tea can be left to steep for a long period or strained to achieve a milder taste. In this method, the tea can be resteeped 1-2 times.

  • $25 for a 150 gram bag (15-50 servings), no discounts available

 

Alishan Wulong Teas (harvested at 1,200 and 1,400 meters elevation)

Alishan is known for producing a fruit fragrance Wulong. This tea can be enjoyed casually or for the Chinese Tea Ritual using fragrance cups and clay pot. For many, Alishan Wulong teas are what they associate with Taiwan’s tea culture. We offer both an standard and special grade Alishan Wulong this year

Brewing Methods: by the cup: warm the cup, then add 3-6 grams of tea. Fill with 185˙F water & let steep. In this method, the tea can be re-steeped 2-3 times. In a small teapot: warm the pot, then use 6-10g. Use 185˙ water & let steep 1 to 2 minutes before straining. In this method, the tea can be resteeped 3-5 times. In a large pot: warm the pot, then use 10-20g & 190˙ water. The tea can be left to steep for a long period or strained to achieve a milder taste. In this method, the tea can be resteeped 1-2 times.

  • standard grade (1,200 meters elevation): $30 for a 150 gram bag (15-50 servings), no discounts available
  • special grade (1,400 meters elevation): $40 for a 150 gram bag (15-50 servings), no discounts available

 

Lishan Wulong: Budding Tips (harvested at 2,400 meters elevation)

Personal tastes aside, Lishan Wulongs are recognized as the most refined and appreciated of Taiwan’s Wulong teas. This is the lowest end Lishan Wulong we carry, expensive enough to ensure it is connoisseur tea but affordable enough that we don’t feel guilty putting it in a larger pot or tea cup. It has an excellent first flavor, but will not have the evolution with each soak that the higher elevation Wulongs have.

Brewing Methods: by the cup: warm the cup, then add 3-6 grams of tea. Fill with 185˙F water & let steep. In this method, the tea can be re-steeped 2-3 times. In a small teapot: warm the pot, then use 6-10g. Use 185˙ water & let steep 1 to 2 minutes before straining. In this method, the tea can be resteeped 3-5 times.

  • $40 per 50g bag, 20% for orders over 12 bags

Lishan Wulong: Clouds & Mist (harvested at 2,600 meters elevation)

 We consider Li Shan Clouds & Mist a threshold tea, sometimes closer to its lower elevation brother Budding Tips and sometimes equal to its higher elevation brother Clouds & Mist in flavor depending on the weather and harvest conditions. It can definitely hold its own in a fragrance cup, but does not have the staying power of the higher elevation teas in a good year.

  • $50 per 50g bag, 20% for orders over 12 bags

Lishan Wulong: Glossy Gems (harvested at 2,650 meters elevation)

All of our Li Shan Wulongs are from the same variety and location, differing only in altitude from each other. All are from the highest parts of Mount Li (Li Shan), differing at most by only a few hundred meters. Glossy Gems Wulong comes from the very highest places on Mount Li where Wulong tea is grown. It is available in such small quantities due to the weather that it is often not officially offered at all. When it is available, it is a risk in terms of experience for price unless it is an exceptionally good weather year. When everything does come together, when perfect crop meets a perfect soak, it will be an experience you will talk about for the rest of your life.

  • $55 per 50g bag, 20% for orders over 12 bags

How to Order Tea from ATS

  1. When deciding teas, please be sure to check the price of the tea vs. the weight of the bag. The teas come in different size bags due to their costs!
  2. Decide which varieties you would like and the amounts you wish to order. Please remember that there is a minimum 3 bag order, and there is a substantial discount only when ordering large amounts of our more expensive teas. Single bag purchases can only be made at our store located at 23 Broadway Street, Asheville, NC 28801.
  1. Send us an email to orders@traditionalstudies.org with your name, shipping address and the teas you wish to buy clearly written out. Please refer to the teas by their full name to avoid confusion. We suggest using Cut & Paste from this page to be absolutely sure receive what you are hoping to purchase! We will then send you an invoice via email to pay on our site.
  1. Follow the payment directions in the invoice you receive, and once your payment has been processed, your tea is shipped within 4 business days. While international mail officially takes up to two weeks, most orders are received in less than 10 days from shipment date.

Shipping Costs: for orders under 2 pounds/1 kilo, shipping is usually $15 when shipped from our store, $25 if shipped directly from Taiwan for the wulong teas. For larger orders, you will pay for the cost of tea first, then once we have the exact shipping cost, we will send you a second invoice for the amount.