I found Summit Tea through their listings on Amazon. A quick Google search led me to their web site and a phone number. Interested in their Lonjing, I called to inquire more about the product. After leaving a message I was called back by Nate Waller, the Chief Operating Officer at Summit. What resulted was an enjoyable phone conversation with a guy who obviously digs his tea. For a very reasonable price, Nate put together a wonderful sample pack of their green teas, as well as some oolong and black teas he recommended. As time allows I will share my tasting notes.
Ultimately I ended up purchasing more quantity, as well as their 16 oz. glass tumbler. Both the teas I purchased are not listed on Amazon, nor are they on the Summit Tea web site. Though I appreciate being offered these teas, I ultimately found it a bit confusing, as I had no reference for more information. Nate however was happy to provide details on origin, etc.
Summit appears to me more wholesale in spirit, and from what I could tell supplies retailers such as Whole Foods. While Nate was very generous with his time on our first phone call, I found it difficult to get back in touch with him for further orders. Ultimately another representative, Patti Waller, processed my follow up order.
Focusing mostly on Chinese tea, overall I’d say my experience with Summit was fairly good. Their web site is nice and they seem passionate about tea. I wasn’t crazy about their Longjing, the tea I sought them out for. The pictures on Amazon didn’t represent it well, though the pics on www.summittea.com do it justice. I’ve enjoyed some of their other products and use their tumbler on a daily basis. I went with a 4 star rating, but would probably do a 3.5 if that were possible.
Give ’em a try!