Tea Benders is the first in the Sibling Rivalry series. These are collaborations with artists that highlight the teas of the Chen siblings and draw on the evocative mythical, historical, and cultural themes inherent in sibling rivalries.
This limited edition label art by Fitzhugh Shaw was inspired by the world of Avatar the Last Airbender. It depicts the the Chen siblings as master Tea Benders—putting forth their best tea crafting skills to compete for our affections.
Fitzhugh Shaw is a dear friend of Via Tiempo living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Visit releasement.org/timeless to learn about Timeless Journey—the year-long arch of seasonal explorations of time and ritual that Fitzhugh is co-hosting beginning in late October.
Brother's Tea: Duck Shit
Yashi Xiang means Duck Shit Aroma. It is one of the most famous oolong teas from Phoenix Mountain. Some people think it has to do with the fertilization, others think it is a kind of misdirection technique; still others say, "that's just how we name things around here." It is known for being beautifully floral. These leaves are from an 80 year old tree and have tremendous depth.
Sister's Tea: Old Tree Lapsang
Lapsang Souchang is the first ever Red Tea (also knows as black tea). Sometimes it is heavily smoked by pine. This one, however, is the pure unsmoked leaves of a 100 year old tree, with a depth and clarity that is absolutely inspiring. The leaves are from Gu Wan Keng Village, just to the east of the famous Wuyi Mountain.
Via Tiempo has been sourcing these teas from a family of tea benders in Southern China for the last 3 years. The Chen family brother and sister live in two of the most traditional tea regions in China, Chaozhou and Wuyi. They are quite friendly together—but their teas are full of fire. Their teas carry the elemental make-up and style of their regions.