Delicious teas were paired with hospitable and welcoming farmers to really make this year's sourcing trip unforgettable. The trip itinerary began in Shanghai, flowed along the south western coast of China, and finally into Taiwan. After long train rides and back road bus expeditions, we brought back a wonderful array of diverse teas. We found subtle but exquisite white teas in the Fujian’s northern mountain region, rare “cake” Oolong teas in the province’s central region, and a truly mysterious naturally sweet Taiwanese Oolong. Even though these teas come from relatively close origins they speak to the diversity of China’s south western region, each with it’s unique profile and flavor. More importantly, these teas tell a story of passionate farmers pursuing a life of simplicity and tea.