Guangdong Province, China
Guangdong Province is one of the key centres of Chinese tea culture, although it is sometimes overshadowed by neighbouring Fujian Province. Guangdong is famous for teaware from Chaozhou and for Dan Cong oolongs, harvested from old-growth tea bushes of around ten well-known cultivars and many more lesser-known or newly grown ones.
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.