February 3, 2012 at 22:53 #7032
Dear friends on Tea Trade,
I’ve just received a very exciting offer from a tea garden that I would like to share with you. New Zealand’s only tea producer Zealong (which, as you have probably heard, has established itself as a top-class oolong producer over the last couple of years) has contacted me with a proposal that I couldn’t possibly turn down. They’ve asked me to be the exclusive outlet for the pre-release of a new tea that they have developed – this time, a black tea. Ya-Ya is the ONLY source for this tea – you can’t even get it directly from their plantation or website!
The conditions are, that it will only be available to a select few of my customers and the special people here at Tea Trade – and by pre-order only. The price is NZ$18 (about US$15) per 50g plus NZ$12.50 (about US$10) for shipping worldwide (for up to 200g of tea). The quantity of this pre-release tea is extremely limited and I will need orders confirmed no later than 10 February.
I have tasted this tea when I visited the plantation in November and was prepared to buy a supply right then and there. To my disappointment, I was told that I had to wait. Zealong does not release a product before it is perfected to the best of their abilities. This pre-release tea does not differ from the final product that will be officially released later this year, except that the packaging will be different; the tea is the same.
You can imagine that this offer of exclusive distribution of the pre-release sales to Ya-Ya is a huge honor for us.
So, if you would like to be one of the first people in the world to try this outstanding new black tea (boy, I always wanted to write something like that!), please send a private message on Tea Trade to @yaya with the desired quantity (the tea comes pre-packed in 50g bags at NZ$18 each) before 10 February. Payment via paypal.
As a special bonus, I will send along a print from one of the photos I took of the tea garden when I visited late last year to the first 10 orders from Tea Trade members.
Jo, a.k.a. @yaya
February 4, 2012 at 21:34 #7039
Just want everyone to know that we are very excited about YaYa’s exclusive offer to Tea Trade members. For anyone who loves tea this is a very special opportunity indeed! I imagine a lot of tea companies would love to get ahold of this one. You could be one of the very first people to give it a try.
February 4, 2012 at 22:44 #7042
February 5, 2012 at 11:45 #7050
Rachel – @iheartteas – I calculated the per g price including the shipping and realized it is very competitive. If you compare costs per gram of tea, including shipping, you’ll see it’s very well priced, particularly for unique tea.
Shipping does seem high, but all in it amounts to 50 cents per gram of tea. Looking around that is very close, or almost the same as many other tea offers out there.
Don’t fear the shipping charge : ) ideally you’d share shipping with someone, especially since up to 200g – so 4 packets can be shipped at the same cost.
I definitely want this one!
February 5, 2012 at 12:17 #7053
February 5, 2012 at 14:14 #7063
Oh Rachel, got you! 🙂
February 5, 2012 at 20:07 #7067
Thanks for the clarification, @jackie. New Zealand is pricey for shipping, unfortunately. But I’m happy to ship combined order, so if you guys want to get together for an order, that’s perfectly fine by me.
And Rachel – @iheartteas –, I totally understand. This tea is from a pre-release batch and production should commence later this year. I think someone in the US will start stocking this tea. But I doubt that it will be much cheaper. But depending on what the US dollar does, it might get cheaper if the (US) dollar strengthens…
February 6, 2012 at 08:19 #7077
I also doubt it will be much cheaper. I’ve seen what the price of Zealong is currently, so I don’t hold out high hopes.
February 7, 2012 at 15:43 #7120
Bumping this up. A black Zealong is worth a bump or two. Looking forward to the eventual reviews. Wonder what the verdict will be?
February 7, 2012 at 16:47 #7122
I must admit I’ve never tried a Zealong. There’s so many oolongs to work through in China. And the official list of black tea suppliers in China is over 33,000.
So, I should get to the NZ stuff by the time I get to about 287 years old.
Best of luck with it, though, Ya-Ya . I know it’s been a rough few years in Christchurch.
February 7, 2012 at 18:04 #7123
@thedevotea: “Best of luck with it YaYa.” Times are rough in Christchurch, so now it’s come down to that eh, selling black Zealong? I have the mental image of a man in a black coat, standing in a dark street corner, with bags of tea packets, stuffed in his inside pockets.
Now I know he’s a rival, being in NZ and all. But it’s not really a good luck question at all, and I don’t see what hard times in Christchurch have to do with this extremely unique tea? And a great opportunity.
February 7, 2012 at 19:47 #7129
February 8, 2012 at 11:07 #7132
February 8, 2012 at 11:49 #7134
Rachel r u?
February 10, 2012 at 17:57 #7173
@jopj no Rachel isn’t, she mentioned a “funding” issue 🙂 – However, I want to stress that this is an amazing opportunity for any serious tea lover to try Zealong black tea. Tony of Chicago Tea Garden sampled some 2 years ago, they must have been in the test phase then already – he says it’s the best black tea he ever tasted!
I rest my case,
February 11, 2012 at 00:12 #7179
February 11, 2012 at 10:48 #7180
Hey everyone – you’ve only got a few hours left to order the not yet re-leased Zealong black tea. Try it before anyone else does. Rumor has it is outstanding. Or as Tony of Chicago Tea Garden said, the best black tea he’s ever tasted. Interested? DM @yaya with your details.
February 29, 2012 at 21:37 #7345
It is lovely. We just tried it a couple of days ago! Quite sweet and mellow. And since I don’t write tea reviews I won’t say more than that 😛
March 3, 2012 at 12:48 #7364
Bummer I’m sorry I missed this.
March 3, 2012 at 13:03 #7365
Courtney, aka @thepurrfectcup You can always read @funandflirtea‘s tea review of @yaya‘s offer here: http://funandflirtea.com/2012/03/03/tea-in-review/
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