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WILL YOU BE CELEBRATING ST GEORGE’S DAY?

WILL YOU BE CELEBRATING ST GEORGE’S DAY?

April 23rd is St George’s Day and here at Ringtons we’re going to be celebrating. The legend of St George dates back to the 10th Century and is thought to have been brought back with the Crusaders and retold. The narrative tells of a knight […]

Darjeeling Orange Valley 2012 1st Flush

Darjeeling Orange Valley 2012 1st Flush

These tea leaves come from a garden very close to Darjeeling town which has the only original small-leaved Chinese variety of bushes planted by the British over 100 years ago. This means relatively low yields but exceptional flavour. The infused tea has a light amber […]

China Yellow Buds

China Yellow Buds

This is a very rare tea from Yunnan comprising only delicate golden buds. It is produced in Mannong, on Hekai Mountain, one of the world’s most ancient tea cultivation areas. Initially processed similarly to a green tea, a second oxidation stage is added, during which time the golden colour and sweet flavours develop. This tea is always made in small quantities because it is so difficult to produce and rarely available.

This tea is pale and mellow, with a sweet flavour that has hints of apricot and pear.

According to local legend, a young scholar and a beautiful local girl fell madly in love. They spent hours walking together and planning their future. One day a local landowner saw the girl picking tea and wanted her for himself. He asked for her hand in marriage but her father refused because he knew she loved the scholar. This enraged the landowner and he hired some men to spread poison over the fields that belonged to the girl’s father.  It made the crops wither and die and the family fell on hard times. They struggled to buy food and had no crops that they were able to sell. The landowner approached the father once more. He said he would give him lots of new land, if he could have the daughter. He threatened and bullied until he got his way and forced the girl’s parents to make their daughter marry him. She was distraught and told him she would never love him. Her heart belonged to the scholar and always would.

On the night before the wedding, the young girl snuck out of the landowners house only to find that the landowner had murdered the scholar in a jealous rage. She went to his grave and cried until she became the rain. The scholar’s body became a tea tree.

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Darjeeling Goomtee 2012 1st Flush

Darjeeling Goomtee 2012 1st Flush

The garden at Goomtee has a record of producing premium quality teas every season and this is no exception. The tea is given an extra baking process to improve its keeping quality, making it ideal for all year round drinking. Goomtee is not part of […]

Japanese Green Sencha

Japanese Green Sencha

Our Japanese Green Sencha is a wonderful example of the Japanese style green tea which is made without grinding the tea leaves.  The word ‘sencha’ or ‘sincha’ means ‘simmered’ referring to the way this green tea is prepared. We select the newest teas early in […]

Yunnan White Dragon

Yunnan White Dragon

There was once a magician who travelled the country performing. One day he came upon a town so poor he broke down in tears. The people were starving and the land they tended yielded nothing but dirt. He wondered how he could help, and so he called upon the gods to help him conjure a white dragon. The dragon was to be the town’s protector and bring with it good fortune. The town was skeptical but they had nothing left to lose, so they too prayed to the gods for this white dragon. The next day, a dense fog rose from the sea, bringing with it a white dragon, which crawled up the mountainside and made its home in the caves.The people were scared. The magician assured them everything would be fine and went on his way. Over the next few weeks, the weather began to change. Plants and crops began to grow and the King decided to build a temple near the outskirts of the town. This brought many jobs and wealth the town had never seen before. The white dragon kept guard in the caves and once a month, the people would leave it gifts. One day when they went, they could not hear or see any sign of the dragon. They ventured inside the caves to find nothing but a single bush growing. They took the bush with them and planted it on their land, where it grew large leaves and downy buds. The tea from it tasted delicious and the people became strong in health.

The white dragon had fulfilled his purpose and was never seen again.

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