The word “Pearl” symbolizes purity, quality + integrity. That’s us, in an oyster shell.

Like the Pearl, tea is steeped in folklore and tradition. It is the oldest known gem, and was for centuries considered the most valuable. Similarly, tea was traded as gold for many years, especially bricks of Chinese Pu'erh. Unlike other precious gems, the pearl is organic matter derived from a living creature - oysters and mollusks. No two pearls are alike - much like snowflakes… and tea leaves. A tiny, rough grain of sand transforms into an object of great value and beauty. Much like tea, which begins as a leaf on the Camellia Sinensis bush, only to be transformed over time into another form of great value, beauty, and exceptional taste.

Pearls have been called the ‘teardrops of the moon’. Some believe that they were formed by the passage of angels through the clouds of heaven. If you’ve ever had the great fortune of standing in a high-mountain tea garden, you may also sense the divine… the entryway to heaven must surely be there, just out of reach in the mist of the clouds.

Tea + Travel:
Two Passions
That Became the Pearl Fine Tea Company.

A profound love of travel and tea sparked a simple desire: to navigate the world in search of the best tea we could find. We set out to sip tea with like-minded people around the planet, buy select varietals in small quantities, and bring (often hand-carry) the leaves back home to share the flavor… and the fun.

From making Oriental Beauty, Jade Oolong and Pressed tea in the mountains of Taiwan, to hand-rolling Japanese “Haystack” tea in Shizuoka, to working away early mornings on plantations in Sri Lanka, we take a hands-on approach to learning. We seek out and study under revered and legendary tea masters, and this knowledge informs every step of the journey from the source to your cup.

The more we learn, the more we can say with absolute certainty:  Pearl is an extraordinary cup of tea.



We invite you

to follow us on this journey through the fascinating and complex world of tea. If you haven’t already, you may wish to subscribe to our blog: TeaLove® ( - which chronicles recent adventures and serves up relevant information about all things tea.

You might also consider joining our tea community on social media for updates on new teas, to share your own tea stories, or to connect with other TeaLovers worldwide.

– The Chief Leaf