Jun 27, 2015

remember Zealong?

I have to admit that these days I'm very behind about what's happening in the tea world and overall in this world. (On the other hand, I have been having a good time, of which I hope I will have a chance to tell you more!) So whatever that is news to me, probably is already so old-news to most of you.

So today I'm drinking Zealong Aromatic again, the tea I bought from Chicago Tea Garden 5(?) years ago. It's such a lovely tea. I blogged about it and its sister teas a few years ago. Five years later, the tea is still lovely! Probably less aromatic than 5 years ago, but it has a wonderful warming taste and the "throat massage" feeling. I remember this was a great tea that was a little pricy, and remember when I bought this tea from Chicago Tea Garden, the price was even lower than the retail price from Zealong producer, thankful to the US market size and wonderful work of Chicago Tea Garden. After Chicago Tea Garden was closed, one could barely find as good deals for Zealong. But as long as you could afford it, it's a great tea even at higher prices, and totally worth it.

While drinking this tea today, I wonder where people get Zealong nowadays. And then I found this:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/business/9127211/Zealong-Tea-farm-sold-to-avoid-frosty-reception

Aww, this is so sad!

Probably many of you already heard of this nearly 2 years ago. I had no idea! So today I was left totally in shock, holding my last 15 grams or so of precious Zealong...

It took more than 10 years of hard work for the farm to be established, a lot of people's work to have this great tea produced and spread to various continents of the work. It's hard to believe the tea is gone like this! But, that is life. Cheers and many thanks to all the hands that worked on Zealong and passed it to my hands!

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Then, some more news browsing revealed that somehow Zealong survived this whole thing and it's still doing well today. Phew!

So now I'm thinking of getting more Zealong!


6 comments:

Geoff said...

Geez, that is sad. I hadn't heard that. Luckily, they still have a garden left in the region, and the website still appears to be active. But still . . . all those magnificent trees!

Nicole Martin said...

I definitely remember! I was also a fan of this tea in the Chicago Tea Garden days. Unfortunately their prices are just too high for me to order anymore.

Gingko said...

Geoff, from the later news report, it seems that they somehow survived the crisis and are doing well now. I just learned that they opened their first store in Beijing a few months ago.
But as Nicole said, nowadays I haven't found a way to get Zealong for as good price as it used to be. In Chinese market, it will be one of the most expensive teas.

Dave Bryant said...

Hi guys, has anyone got any recommendations on weight loss tea's? Both effective and tasty??

I've tried quite a few now, many of them disappointing, especially the bagged versions. I'm starting to think loose leaf is the way to go to get the most out of them. My favourite so far is from a brand called Nude Tea Australia (http://www.nudetea.com.au/product/weight-loss-tea/) they only sell organic loose leaf and each one also comes with a bag of powdered herb concentrate so the tea is super gutsy after it's brewed. I love the ginger/cinnamon flavours, the tea keeps my toilet visits regular and has the bonus of fresh breath all day too haha. So far I've lost about 5 kilos in the last 2 months. Slimming Tea had some good ones too, but they were bagged and I feel lost a little of their potency, although they did taste great. There's some other interesting combo's out there, but a lot of companies seem to find being effective yet still tasting nice hard to balance.

Let me know any others anyone has had success with as I'm keen to give them a try.

Ice Husky said...

How much is zealong tea going for now a days?

Mademoiselle Noree said...

Great blog! I just started mine about gardening, phytotherapy and tea blends. Have a look if you like:

http://cellestialgardens.blogspot.com/

Much love!