Five minutes to the west, by car (30 mins on foot), of the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the best shops in all of the Las Vegas area. The moment you walk inside a sense of calm enfolds you. If you have ever been to China it will feel like you walked straight from Vegas into China. And the tea is amazing.
Website: https://www.grandyunnantea.com/ (Our website isn’t up to date because we don’t have anyone to take care of it properly.)
Location(s) Headquarters: 4211A W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA
- Bringing the world of high-quality teas (Pu’er, Red, & White) from the Yunnan Province of China to the West. Teaching people how to make tea to get the most out of the teas we sell.
Most popular company tea(s)?
- No one specific tea because we focus on the customer and their needs/desires. We help the customer find the right tea for them based on their diet, their health, their goals. We say, “let your body tell you what you need”.
Does the company name have a meaning?
- The best translation/meaning for Liang Cha Ya Yuan is Grand Yunnan Tea. Liang meaning along the lines of grand (superb, majestic, splendid, etc.) Our supplier’s brand is Dashiqiao, Big Stone Bridge, it is a nickname he got while growing up in his village in Lincang China.
Do you participate in any charities?
- Not as a company, Selina is personally involved as a commissioner of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, founded in 1966 in Taiwan.
What is your and/or your co-workers’ favorite tea?
- We have no “favorite” tea as we choose what to drink as the mood dictates. But if we were to choose just one it would be our 2014 Bainian gu shu shu cha (Centuries old tree aged pu’er tea).
What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?
- Our tea supplier sources from villages in the mountains of Lincang. He finds the owners of the trees and makes an agreement with them that they will supply their tea only to him and he will pay them a fair price, this way he knows that no one else has the leaves he has to make tea. They are all naturally growing trees at least 100 years old, so they do not come from large acreage farms. There is one tree estimated to be 2500 years old, it yields only about 4 kilograms of tea per year. As far as we know there are no chemicals (insecticides or fertilizers) used on the trees and they are not manicured to keep them at waist level like the big farms do.
What role does tea play in our lives?
- It helps bring balance through calm quiet contemplation.
TeaTiff Picks: Baicha. Ancient White Tea Tree. Never have I had such an experience as I have had with this one. At first, I was perplexed. No farm or farmyard notes. No florals. In fact, I just wasn’t finding anything to write home about. BUT. I knew I had to keep on going. You must always keep going. The practice of gong fu and a true tea session involves patience. And boy did it pay off. Using the same leaves I was around my 3rd or 4th infusion when suddenly peach and mango notes hit me with an aroma of sweet bread. With the 4th, 5th, and 6th infusions, I was finding citrus notes. Lemons, creamy lemons, candied oranges, and sweet lemon candies. And then some creamy notes. Do not walk, run your fingers to the nearest email and order this directly from them. You will thank yourself later.