Celebrating our female tea producers: International Women’s Day 2021
As a female-led enterprise ourselves, we champion other women in the industry, and many of the tea farms we work with are run by inspiring women.
Let’s celebrate them!
In honour of International Women’s Day, we’re offering 20% off all our teas produced by women-led farms for Saturday 6, Sunday 7, Monday 8 March 2021.
Katie Yen – Yuchi Village, Taiwan
Katie Yen leads an all-female organic farm in Yuchi Village, Taiwan. After her farm was made inaccessible for a year by an earthquake two decades ago, she discovered the tea plants had developed a more intense flavour. So she chose to keep the farm entirely organic – a much more challenging path to take.
Read the full story here
Enjoy 20% off Katie’s organic teas today!
Lian A Na – Taitung, Taiwan
Lian A Na, the matriarch of a small organic farm in Taitung, Taiwan, is the original creator of Red Oolong, a sweet, bug-bitten tea with top notes of black tea and undertones of an oolong – a breakthrough tea that put Taitung on the map.
Having been forced out of competition by imported cheap teas from Southeast Asia, Mrs. Lian was looking for a new kind of tea to win the hearts of local consumers again, and came up with an oolong / black tea hybrid in 2008, together with the head of the Tea Research and Extension Station in Taitung.
Her organic farm sits on the edges of Luye Highland, with an attached guest house. They harvest the organic tea five times a year in very small batches. Red Oolong is one of our most popular teas – distinctively fruity and seductively sweet.
Enjoy 20% off the Lian A Na’s organic Red Oolong today!
20% off Organic Red Oolong
The Wu Sisters – Yuchi Village, Taiwan
The Wu sisters are second-generation Red Jade tea growers whose patriarch played a critical role in a small tea revolution that took place almost a century ago.
During the Japanese occupation (1895-1945), the Yuchi area in Taiwan became the testing ground for an entirely different kind of tea. And it was a young Japanese entrepreneur by the name of Arai Kokichiro who started it all.
Seeing the potential in cultivating Camellia Assamica tea trees in Taiwan as they do in India, Arai summoned the help of local farmer Wu Chin-Hsi to help him manage the 71-hectare Yuchi Black Tea farm. The farm thrived under his care, and even after the Japanese occupation ended, Wu remained committed to his crop.
Nantou was the epicentre of the 921 earthquake in 1999, Taiwan’s worst earthquake since 1935, which killed more than 2,400 people and left more than 100,000 homeless. Yet, this catastrophic event would lead unexpectedly to a resurgence of the black tea industry.
It was during this time that a new cultivar of black tea called Taiwan tea #18 had been developed by the local Tea Research Station: a hybrid of the wild Taiwan tea tree (Camelia Formosensis) and the Burmese Assamica. This tea yields a highly palatable and well-balanced black tea, with a unique sweet aroma akin to cinnamon with just a hint of mint.
Wu Chin-Hsi invested hugely in this new cultivar, and his conviction paid off. Today, Taiwan tea #18, or Red Jade (紅玉紅茶), as it is endearingly called, is considered the crème de la crème of Taiwnaese black tea.
Today, Father Wu having long passed, the Red Jade tea farm is run entirely by the Wu sisters.
Enjoy 20% off the Wu sisters’ Red Jade today!
20% off Red Jade
A Meng – Wuyishan, China
A Meng leads a tea plantation in Wuyishan, China, where we source our rock teas from. Unlike most tea farms where tea is grown on one demarcated plot of land, the tea bushes in Wuyishan are scattered sporadically throughout the region.
These women have been producing tea for generations. There is no secret formula — it’s all down to experience. They closely monitor and adjust the process at each step to get the desired result.
A woman of few words, A Meng is hard-working and doesn’t smile much, although there’s always a sparkle in her eye whenever she talks about her teas. She refers to them as if they have unique personalities of their own.
Every day, A Meng is out in the fields and factory, while her husband looks after their one-year-old son. She supervises every step of the tea production process, ensuring the meticulous attention to detail that rock teas require. The respect she commands is evident in the way people straighten their posture a little whenever she comes past.
Enjoy 20% off A Meng’s rock teas today!
We hope you enjoy the tea, and share it with a woman who inspires you!
Happy International Women’s Day!