Mr Li is the inventor of Birt&Tang teas. He was born in 1954 in Shanghai to academic parents. In 1970 during the early stages of the Cultural Revolution, he was sent to the Anhui mountain region of China for re-education. This was a profound time in his life, and although his experiences sound horrendous he values this time and the understanding of life which it has given him. After the fall of Mao and the end of the cultural revolution, he went on to become a professor of philosophy at Shanghai university one of China’s most prestigious universities. In China he developed his philosophical learnings, focusing particularly on life’s elemental essence which is called Xi.
The inspiration for the teas come purely from Mr Li’s philosophical back-round, in fact, Birt&Tang has become the medium through which Mr Li has been able to express his philosophy. For close to a decade Mr Li worked the formulae, perfecting the taste and the accompanying message. Birt&Tang teas are about lifestyle; They are about the fusion of Eastern and Western cultures; They are about balance: the balance of body and mind; and the balancing of modern frenetic life; the balance of one's Xi.
We do not believe in adding any artificial flavouring to our teas so all the Birt&Tang infusions are made from 100% natural products. Each tea bag is packed full of ultra-healthy, exotic herbs that have been carefully blended for Western palates.
Birt&Tang's unique teas offer a refreshingly delicious alternative to traditional teas and coffees.