Fujian Province, China
Fujian Province is located in the southwest of China, close to the island of Taiwan and at the crossroads of southern China. Fujian is said to be eight parts mountain, one part water and one part farmland, but the one part farmland covers some of the most important tea growing areas in all China.
The Zhou family have been growing teas in the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian Province and around Chaozhou in neighbouring Guangdong Province for generations. Mr Zhou has tea gardens in Guangdong where Dan Cong oolongs are grown. Mrs Zhou has inherited gardens around the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian Province, where similar roasted oolongs are known as Rock Teas after the rough mountainous terrain they are grown in.
Each of the teas from the Zhou family are handmade at every level. They are grown on small plots of land and then picked by hand before being processed using traditional methods built up over centuries of practice and experimentation. After withering and oxidisation, the teas are roasted in kilns, releasing complex fruity, nutty and floral flavours from the leaves.
At PekoeTea we are very proud to have this direct trading relationship with the Zhou Family, and each year we source a different range of their excellent teas to share something slightly different.