Slide toggle

Welcome to August Moon Tea

August Moon Tea aims to bring the fresh air and sunshine from the tea field to our tea ceremony and create a peaceful and exquisite ambience for all of you.

Tea not only brings people closer but also helps us to reconnect with ourselves. It’s a natural elixir for our souls.

August Moon Tea Blog

Share our knowledge of Chinese tea and its culture

Tea of The Month–High Mountain Meizhan

A little path only the local farmers know can lead us to the tea field. 2.5-hours of walking from the bottom of the mountain to the tea field is all it takes to pick the tea leaves.

Have you tried the high mountain Meizhan black tea? It is a tea of love and warmth. It is the tea of February.  

It comes from a friend’s farm which was abandoned. The tea field is located on a mountain that is over 1000-meters high near Estelle’s hometown. Building a road isn’t easy. A little path only the local farmers know can lead us to the tea field. 2.5-hours of walking from the bottom of the mountain to the tea field is all it takes to pick the tea leaves. The high altitude allows a longer time for the tea plants to take nutrition from nature. Hence, it gives us an amazing experience. 

I remember the dark chocolate aroma of the dry tea leaf the first time when we sampled the tea. It was so unique and special that I couldn’t resist to make it. 

As you pour boiling water to rinse the tea, the sweet aroma quickly comes out of the teapot. You breathe in and feel loved. This is a tea deserves your full attention. It changes from one infusion to another. If you like coconut sweets, this tea gives you a rich coconut sweetness. If you like rose, you can smell the fragrance of the rose. If you like baked sweet potato, you might feel it has sweet potato in the tea. When you sip it, you feel so relaxed and warmed.  In China, we actually call black tea ‘red tea’ following the glamours colour of the tea liquor. As you can see, Meizhan shows you a rich golden, amber colour.

Nature and the good tea farm have given us their best. We cherish it and respect it. 

If you are interested in trying this tea, you can come to the shop, we will make it for you in the traditional Gong Fu Tea style. Find more information about it, please visit https://www.augustmoontea.com/product/high-mountain-meizhan-black-tea/

An Evening at BBC Radio Gloucestershire

It is always about stories when we sit down with tea. Conversations flow naturally without too much effort. We talk about tea and enjoy life.

On 14 January, we had the pleasure to be on BBC Radio Gloucestershire to share the stories of August Moon Tea.
It was such a great experience to talk through the microphone with the evening host Jon from the radio.

Last Friday, Maddie contacted us to see if we would like to share our story on 14th January. Without hesitation, we said ‘yes, of course’! After going through some details for the day, we quickly arranged everything.

They are a bunch of lovely and professional staff who kindly welcomed us and helped to set up the tea wares in the studio.

As the live interview went on, Estelle was doing the tea ceremony and talking through the process, the culture and her storIes being in the UK as a student firstly and a business owner later. There was a subtle change in the vibe in the studio from being hectic to peaceful. In the end, more people joined us in the studio, tasting the beautiful Lapsang Souchong and appreciating the special moment.

It is always about stories when we sit down with tea. Conversations flow naturally without too much effort. We talk about tea and enjoy life.

We really appreciate this unique experience to share our stories with the listeners. We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did.

A Quiet Love from Shu Puer Tea

It’s quiet, yet, it’s also warming. It’s plain. But when you take the time to enjoy it, it’s so sophisticated with great depth in the flavours and aromas. Yet, it’s so simple that it takes away all the stress. It brings peace to you.

I can’t think of any other tea as comforting as fermented puer tea. You don’t need to love it at the beginning. It loves you, unconditionally. It grows on you, gradually. 

Coming from the deep forest in Yunnan Province, Puer tea is unique, in various aspects. It is so special that it might not necessarily be everyone’s cup of tea. 

At the early stage of my tea journey, when I was so drawn into oolong tea and red tea, the quiet, almost plain flavour of fermented puer tea didn’t catch my heart at all. For me, it was nothing but boring. It was so earthy that it always reminded me of rotten furniture in an ancient house.

The colour of fermented puer tea is beautiful

Over the years, after tasting so many different teas, I learned to appreciate the flavour of fermented puer tea. It’s possibly not the most amazing tea to try, but it is a tea for every day. It’s so calming and comforting. It’s quiet, yet, it’s also warming. It’s plain. But when you take the time to enjoy it, it’s so sophisticated with great depth in the flavours and aromas. Yet, it’s so simple that it takes away all the stress. It brings peace to you. Slowly, I started to like it and love it. It is one of the must-to-have teas in my tea collection. 

Pu’er traditionally begins as a raw product known as “rough” máochá (毛茶) and can be sold in this form or pressed into a number of shapes and sold as “raw” shēngchá (生茶). Both of these forms then undergo the complex process of gradual fermentation and maturation with time. The Wodui (渥堆) fermentation process developed in 1973 by the Kunming Tea Factory created a new type of puer tea. This process involves an accelerated fermentation into “ripe” Shucha (熟茶) which is then stored loose or pressed into various shapes. The fermentation process was adopted at the Menghai Tea Factory shortly after and technically developed there.

The tea for January is a fermented Puer tea from 2004. It is a great option for the post-festive time when we feel a bit guilty for having too much naughty food. Puer tea contains high levels of polyphenols (flavonoids, catechins and theaflavin), which are known for their antioxidant activity. These powerful chemicals speed up fat burning as well as reduce stress and heavy metal consumption due to the cell repair compounds found within. The theanine and flavonoids found within Puer just so happen to aid in digestion after meals by acting as a sponge and accelerator for fat burning. 

We all need the unconditional love from a cup of Puer tea to enjoy the simplicity of life.

Check this tea out at https://www.augustmoontea.com/product/2004-aged-puer-tea-brick/

Dry Tea Leaf of 2004 Aged Puer Tea

China from China 1 –Jun Porcelain (钧瓷)

If the piece has even a slight imperfection at any stage it is destroyed to ensure only Perfect grand examples of Jun can be sold.

Since the very beginning of August Moon Tea, we have worked exclusively with master artists, tea farmers and experts. These close relationships have been essential in allowing us to deliver a superior high quality authentic Chinese products.

In September we travelled deep into the heart of Henan Province, Renowned as the birthplace of all Chinese culture. We had the privilege to meet with master artists whose skills and secrets have been passed down through the generations. These masters produce the same exceptional quality as their ancestors would have presented to the imperial family and the emperor himself.

We have learned so much from these masters and are excited to import exquisite pieces of both Jun and Ru for you to admire at August Moon.  

Ancient Town: Shenhou (神垕)
In this ancient town, Jun porcelain can be seen everywhere.

As soon as we arrived in shenhou (神垕) in the heart of Yuzhou City (禹州). We were truly in awe to be in the very birthplace of Jun porcelain, famous for its unique and mysterious rich colours of glaze. Jun Porcelain was considered so precious that only the emperors of the Song dynasty could own such fine porcelain. Every year 36 pieces were crafted by the best Jun porcelain artists and the emperor would select the 10 finest examples to display in the imperial palace. All others would be destroyed to ensure the exclusivity of Jun. The unpredictability of the specially crafted glaze made Jun an outstanding pearl in Chinese porcelain history.

A local expert of Jun porcelain, Mr Ren, kindly talks explain how to identify exceptional Jun porcelain.

Comparing modern pieces with the original ancient Jun porcelain pieces to ensure we supply the finest examples.

Mr Ren has been studying porcelain his entire adult life. His expertise and passion for Jun porcelain are renowned and respected throughout Yuzhou.

Mr Ren took us deep into the mountains to an authentic Jun kiln. We were introduced us to a close personal friend and Jun master Mr Yang. Far away from the city in the peaceful mountain setting we were given the honour to tour the studio to see firsthand how true Jun is made, glazed and fired in the kiln. We are excited to announce we are working with Mr yang and Ren to deliver superior Jun porcelain to our customers.

Mr Yang is talking about the production of Jun Porcelain
This is the remote mountain kiln. Such a beautiful place to be inspired by nature

Mr Yang explained the entire process to make a single grand piece of Jun porcelain. There are so many elements that must be perfect in every way. The first Kiln can only fire one piece at a time and it takes an entire day, there are then several other stages of glazing and firing. If the piece has even a slight imperfection at any stage it is destroyed to ensure only Perfect grand examples of Jun can be sold.

This is the remote mountain kiln. Such a beautiful place to be inspired by nature
Handcrafted pieces waiting to be glazed and fired

We visited a few other studios in Shenhou and finished our day with a lovely meal with our friends.

We had the chance to meet other masters in Shenhou and thoroughly enjoyed the Privilege to learn directly from the masters themselves. After this visit, we truly have a greater appreciation of this ancient art and understand why Chinese people are so passionate about this ancient porcelain fit for the emperor.

Big Red Robe-A Classy Drink in Autumn

Dark twisted tea leaf of Big Red Robe

When you prepare the tea, the aroma travels around in the tea space that brings peace and warmth back to you. 


The first time when I had Big Red Robe, it was an eye-opening experience. I was so grabbed by the roasted and smokey character of it. The after-taste is another reason why I just fell for it. It gives you a very unusual texture in your mouth because the tea plants grow on the cliff. It’s almost nutty but also mineral. We also call this type of oolong tea, cliff tea as the tea plants grow on the cliff. It’s not a tea that will be loved by everyone. But once you fall in love with it, you’ll always appreciate how special it is.

Big Red Robe has a beautiful amber colour

 As we enter the cold weather, we always feel a bit dry especially in the morning after we get up. Summer has given us fun, sunshine, and happiness. But we also accumulate a lot of heat from it. Autumn is a good time to restore the balance and get ourselves prepared for winter. 

 Big Red Robe is one of the teas we carefully selected from our tea trips in Wuyi Mountain. It’s such a warming and comforting tea with a sense of smokiness that makes everything better. It’s so mysterious that you hardly could capture the real flavours. But it’s also a tea to cheer you up with the gentle sweetness and the amber coloured liquor. it’s a well-known tea with so many secrets. When you prepare the tea, the aroma travels around in the tea space that brings peace and warmth back to you. 

Link to the shop: https://www.augustmoontea.com/product/premium-handmade-da-hong-pao-cliff-tea/

show