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Chinese Tea

Chinese Tea | Imperial Teas

We are becoming increasingly well known for our unrivalled range of famous China teas and have responded to your interest by importing special qualities seldom seen outside of China. These teas are picked on just a few days of the year and yield very small crops. In the past they were given as tributes to the Emperor. Given such a wide choice we understand how difficult it is to pick a tea you might like but if you know which type, dark or Pu Erh, black, green, Oolong, yellow or white you enjoy, we can safely say that all our range will appeal for their quality alone. So in making your decision why not be led by an intriguing name, our descriptions or ultimately by your pocket! As we can only obtain small quantities of the very rare teas, between one and ten kilos, they are available in sample size packets, which also allows inexpensive experimenting.

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  1. 500 Year Tree Pu Erh

    500 Year Tree Pu Erh

    This is a high grade of 'cooked' loose leaf Pu Erh, hand made entirely from leaves picked in 2010, from trees that are over 500 years old in the primeval mountain forest of Yunnan. It is very smooth with a rich, distinctive infusion. Learn More

    Earn 13 loyalty points.

  2. Angel's Tears Liu An Gua Pian

    Angel's Tears Liu An Gua Pian

    As pure and sweet as its name would suggest, and the oldest of the 'Famous Ten' teas. The unusual leaf shape belies its impeccable hand processing. It is produced in the beautiful mountainous region of Lu’an. Its Chinese name, Guapian is due to the leaves resemblance to melon seeds. It is hand picked and processed and is best made with filtered water in order to appreciate its strong aroma and fresh, green, clear liquor. It can be brewed several times, yielding a pure, sweet flavour like the tears of an angel. Learn More

    Earn 19 loyalty points.

  3. April Snow Anji Bai Cha King

    April Snow Anji Bai Cha King

    Grown in a remote mountain area near the Bamboo forest featured in the film 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', this is currently the most sought after tea in China, where most of it is kept because it is considered to be unique. It is grown from cuttings of one of the only four surviving giant white tea trees. Whilst it is a 'White' tea it is processed as a green tea. This gives it a deeper flavour than Yin Zhen for example. The leaf looks slim and feather like with an almost white colour just prior to picking in the spring. This is expressed as the distinctive pale yellow-green in the dry leaf, not the more usual green seen in most green teas and in lower grades of Anji. It has a wonderful fragrance and pale lemon, crystal clear liquor. We buy the finest grade, which has more amino acids than other green teas and the best flavour we have experienced in any green or white tea. Learn More

    Earn 40 loyalty points.

  4. Black Phoenix from Honey Orchid Tree

    Black Phoenix from Honey Orchid Tree

    Phoenix teas are normally produced as Oolongs but at our request this has been made into a black tea. And what an amazing tea it is, the like of which I have never tasted before. Dan Cong teas are famous for the characteristic of mimicking the flavours of different flowers and fruits, depending upon the strain from which they are made. This black tea has been made from Mi Lan, the Honey Orchid strain. It is hard to describe the complexity of fragrance and flavour in this tea but it is intense, with prominent notes of peach, mango and apricot released seemingly in waves upon the tongue with a rich malty finish. Learn More

    Earn 50 loyalty points.

  5. Captain Tea's Well-Being Blend

    Captain Tea's Well-Being Blend

    In addition to Fog Island Japanese Sencha and Chinese Pu Erh teas, which are currently being exposed to much ado in the press regarding their alleged benefits to weight loss, I have added my favourite, and I believe healthiest of teas, Gabalong 'Blue' Oolong. With the final addition of our Tea of Life White Tea for good measure, if there is anything in the health aspect of tea, we should have it covered here! The tea flavour is a mellow mix, with the distinctive note of caramel and vanilla of the Gabalong tea in the foreground. The delicate notes of the Sencha, whilst somewhat subdued by the other teas, adds a fresh edge to the cup, with the more earthy tones of the Pu Erh adding weight and body. Learn More

    Earn 14 loyalty points.

  6. China Rose

    China Rose

    This traditional blend of mellow black tea and rose petals, made in China, has been popular for centuries. Layers of freshly plucked petals are sandwiched between layers of tea to impart their exotic perfume.

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    From £6.00

    Earn 6 loyalty points.

  7. Chitsu Pingcha Pu Erh 360g

    Chitsu Pingcha Pu Erh 360g

    A discus shaped cake of fermented Pu Erh leaves with a distinctive earthy taste and dark red infusion. This variety is aged for five years.

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    £40.00each

    Earn 40 loyalty points.

  8. Chun Mee Special Temple of Heaven

    Chun Mee Special Temple of Heaven

    So called because of the leaves resemblance to the human eyebrow. It has a rich, tasty infusion.

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    From £7.00

    Earn 7 loyalty points.

  9. Citrus Tea of Life White Tea

    Citrus Tea of Life White Tea

    This effervescent blend dances on the palate. Ideal for sunny breakfast times. Tea of Life's wild appearance and many colours are due to the simple, sun drying process it undergoes. It makes it a really difficult tea to flavour and pack! The real lemon and bergamot oils add a zesty, thirst quenching quality to the mild, sweetness of the tea with orange peel, mallow, lemon grass and cornflower adding a visual appeal. Learn More
    From £11.00

    Earn 11 loyalty points.

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