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Along with being New Zealand’s only commercial tea estate we can now lay claim to having reached near the rooftop of the world – Mount Everest.
While visiting Nepal a few weeks back, Nomad Tea Merchant set a mission to share New Zealand grown tea with local Nepalese working in the tea industry. Along the journey they took Zealong tea to Mount Everest base camp.
Thanks to Nomad Tea Merchant for helping put Zealong on the map even further.

The Vengabus is coming, and everybody’s jumping, New York to San Francisco … to the Zealong Tea Estate.

lana-and-jase-morefmAhead of the Vengaboys’ two shows in New Zealand, MoreFM’s Lana and Jase scheduled a stop at the Zealong Tea Estate in their customised ‘Vengabus’ party bus for a tea break.

The ‘Vengabus’ road trip from Auckland was ahead of the Dutch pop band’s first show in Hamilton at Claudelands Arena followed by another at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre – the first time in 15 years since the group last performed in New Zealand.

While here, Lana and Jase took part in a customary tea tasting ceremony of 100% New Zealand-grown tea and a high tea at our Zealong Tea House.

And according to the pair a spot of the world’s purest tea was just the tonic before putting on their dancing shoes for the concert.

We were thrilled to welcome Prime Minister John Key to officially open our new functions centre and production facility, the Vista, at our tea estate in the Waikato. As featured in the Waikato Times, Prime Minister John Key said Zealong Tea’s export potential is significant and its story is one that has real appeal to a global audience. He  told invited guests to the Vista opening that the world has an appreciation for high quality beverages, especially those with a unique, New Zealand story like the Zealong Tea story.

Zealong Tea founder Vincent Chen shared his vision for growing oolong tea in the Waikato and exporting it to the world. A true story of New Zealand innovation, the Zealong Tea Estate continues to evolve.

Read the story here

 

 

It is all glitz and glamour around the Zealong offices after our tea was recognised as one of the finest beverages in the world at the ‘Oscars’ of the food industry.

Unbeknownst to us, our oolong tea was entered into the UK’s prestigious Great Taste Awards in London by international tea and coffee retailer Whittard of Chelsea, which sells Zealong’s product.

Subsequently, our tea was awarded a two-star rating. The highest rating is three-stars with only 35% of this year’s entrants receiving accreditation (one, two or three-stars).

These awards are widely recognised as the ‘the Oscars of the food world’ and the ‘epicurean equivalent of the Man Booker Prize’.

The judges’ comments were incredible, with high praise for the oolong’s “buttery and nutty notes” and “soft fruit, peachy flavours”.

We are extremely proud to have achieved this esteemed accolade.

The New Zealand Story website publishes a case study on how and why Zealong is using the Fernmark.

For Zealong Tea the FernMark Licence Programme gives them a point of difference in a competitive market and helps them tell their full New Zealand Story.