Today marks the First Day of Spring! You know, the season when cherry blossoms bloom, pheromones abound, and people come out of the woodworks to frolick in the sun. Spring also happens to be when Rishi Tea’s organic white teas are hand harvested in Fujian, China.
These particular varietals are harvested only once a year in early spring when the first leaf sprouts and buds are at their peak of flavor, aroma, mouthfeel and sweetness. Oh spring beauty, how fleeting you are.
I saw Rishi’s beautiful handcrafted Plum Blossom Teapot on their newsletter and thought it would be the perfect prize for Lick My Spoon’s Very First Giveaway!
If you’re not familiar with Rishi Tea, they offer loose-leaf tea imported directly from tea gardens across Asia, made according to ancient artisanal practices using organic cultivation techniques and Fair Trade standards.
Founder Joshua Kaiser travels thousands of miles each year with his team of tea buyers to the diverse points of origin where the teas are harvested, maintaining the personal relationships developed over the years with farmers and artisans whose families have been making traditional teas for generations.
Rishi Tea believes that every tea has a unique flavor and style that reflects its origin, varietal, vintage and artisanal method of manufacture.
Now, on to the PRIZES!
The handcrafted, hand-etched Plum Blossom Teapot exemplifies the iconic Tokoname kyusu. Highly refined clay and masterful technique yield an impeccably smooth, yet unglazed surface. The Ita-Ami (fine mesh stainless steel filter screen) gives this teapot superb function for premium loose-leaf teas.
(Diameter 3.25″, Height 2″ (not including lid), Approx. 8 oz by volume)
To win these lovely prizes, simply leave a comment here telling me: What’s your cup of tea?
What interesting tea flavors have you come across, or what is your old standby? Winner will be announced next week on Friday, March 27th.