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23 March 2011 Issue #40:
IN THIS ISSUE:
>> Green Tea, China and Japan - 2011 Update
It has been a slow, long wait. Many readers have written and asked: "Julian, what's happened to the 2011 spring harvested green tea?"
Here is my reply: "My friend, it has been a long and cold winter. However, the wait is finally over!"
Well, kind of.
The three green/yellow teas from Sichuan province (situated in Southwestern China) are now ready to ship:
- Mengding Ganlu - Sweet Dew
- Zhuyeqing - Bamboo Green
- Mengding Huangya - Yellow Buds
Amongst the three, Sweet Dew has proven to be the most popular. Brewed in lower temperature, she infuses a sweet and refreshing liquor, quite unlike anything else. Impressively, we found that the 2011 crop is even better than the 2010's, so this is a must-try.
(For Sweet Dew, price has increased from $16 to $17. We are committed to being the most price competitive provider of quality tea, but Sichuan tea gardens are asking for a big hike. We have managed to hold off increases last year. But this year is different, the tea gardens are asking a lot more due to the cold winter and rising labor costs.)
2010 Stock Sale
I still have 20 packets left for the 2010 harvested Yellow Buds, which I am reducing to the "at cost" price of $10.
Feedback received from customer in March is that despite being 12 months old, the tea is still "very good". So there is no concern about quality. You can ask for a refund if you feel the tea is not up to standard.
Pre-Order the Higher Grade!
Dragon Well tea spring harvests have been postponed from 23 March to 28 March due to the cold winter. Some customers asked whether they could order in advance, and yes, you can!
The following teas are now open for pre-ordering:
- Dragon Well King, Jipin and AAA grades
- Anji Baicha AAA grade
- Biluochun AAA grades
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What About Japan?
What happened in Japan is a great tragedy, and everyday, I prayed something good will come out of it. Thankfully, things seem to be turning for the better.
Some customers asked whether Japan's nuclear radiation has affected China. The answer is a definitive no for three reasons.
First, Japan nuclear radiation is still a localized event in Fukushima, with Tokyo, 200 kilometers to the West, barely affected.
Our warehouse is 1,500 kilometers away to the West, and all Chinese tea producing regions are at least 1,700 kilometers away. There is no concern.
Second, authorities monitoring radiation levels in China and Korea have both confirmed that they are unaffected. We can also take comfort in Seoul, 1,000 kilometers away from Fukushima, confirming the above.
Third, and this is what many Western readers missed, is that in the event of a serious nuclear explosion, Hawaii and West Coast of USA are at greater risk than China. This is because Easterly winds are blowing at this time of the year.
Curiously, Far Eastern Asia is protected by the wind.
Finally, if you are really concerned about nuclear radiation, but love your cup of quality tea, the best way to deal with this is to order as soon as possible.
The reason for this is because the nuclear accident is still a localized event. We don't know what will happen next (it probably will resolve itself), but we do know what has happened up to NOW, and Japan hasn't affected your tea in anyway up to now.
Why not take advantage of it now while you can?
I hope this helps? Any thoughts on this matter? Reply to this email! Alternatively, you can leave a message in our Facebook page. We can discuss things further - over a cup of tea?
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