He Ling

tea farmer

How long have you been growing tea and what got your started?
I was born into a tea family. Everyone in my hometown works with tea, so I am doing the same. I started to work with tea after I finished my high school.

Can you describe a typical day out in the field?
Normally I go out at 7am and finish around 3pm. In the afternoon I will bring my tea leaves to the primary factory.

What is your favorite part of growing tea?
I love plucking in the mountains. The air is fresh and the tea trees are pleasant.

Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
I hate bad weather such as raining, it will hurt our tea trees. Besides, the road will be too wet and difficult to walk.

Are there any tips you can give on how to best brew your tea?
Suggest using yixing teapot or porcelain gongfu tea set to brew the teas. I myself would like to use gaiwan to brew my tea.

photo of traditional ti kuan yin
He Ling's
traditional ti kuan yin
Soft with sweet honey-floral notes and a delicate flinty minerality.