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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. 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

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  2. 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

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  3. Well-Being Metabolism Booster

    Well-Being Metabolism Booster

    A blend combining the three teas, which are currently being exposed to much ado in the press regarding their alleged benefits to weight loss. It is made up of a Chinese Oolong called Da Hong Pao Red Robe, Fog Island Sencha from Japan and Chinese Pu Erh. The tea flavour is dominated by the Red Robe Oolong, with it's distinctive toasty, almost mellow pipe tobacco note and ripe fruit aftertaste. 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.

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  4. Keemun Black Tiger

    Keemun Black Tiger

    This very rare tea is grown in the Qimen, or Keemun county of China’s Anhui Province. It is grown on a variety of bush that in early spring sprouts long, tender golden buds. It is one of China’s famous ‘Gongfu’ teas, which means made with great skill. The resulting tea is wonderfully smooth with a honeysweet, orchid aroma and gentle, sweet chocolate, malty tones with hints of rose. The leaves have a lovely black bloom and the infusion is a clear and brilliant red.

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  5. Yunnan Black Gold

    Yunnan Black Gold

    Those of you familiar with the charms of Yunnan tea might find this the best example they have ever tried. That is certainly the case for me. Over twenty years I have tried many and indeed it took twenty samples alone this year before I found this delicious batch. Although it has a very high tip content, it also shows some much darker leaves. Made by a tea master with the focus being on maximising the complexity of flavour, it is in the cup that this tea really shines. As well as all the usual spicy, peppery, subtle earthy notes and a sweetness in the finish, this batch has a very clear note of caramel that I love, with a warm honey flavour too. As you can tell, one of my favourite teas of the year. Learn More

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  6. Red Robe Da Hong Pao Oolong

    Red Robe Da Hong Pao Oolong

    The most renowned of the four famous 'Rock' teas of the Wuyi Mountain and one of the most highly prized of China's 'Famous Ten'. These ancient trees grow in the mineral rich, sandy soil and yield just one pound of tea each. Believed to be one of the healthiest teas The infusion is golden coloured, with a rich, fruity fragrance and mellow, sweet taste that has a hint of apricots and subtle aftertaste of toasted bread./p> Learn More

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  7. Fuchow Monkey King

    Fuchow Monkey King

    This is the best grade of the black teas called Fuchow, hence the name 'Monkey King'. You can tell from its appearance with the abundant tips and golden hairs that it will be a rich, smooth tea with a complex character. It is predominantly malty in character with notes of cocoa and according to some of our customers a hint of ginger. Extremely exclusive and a current Imperial favourite. Learn More

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  8. Water Sprite Phoenix Oolong

    Water Sprite Phoenix Oolong

    The tea releases a remarkable fruit and floral fragrance and soft fruit flavour which lingers in the mouth for hours and in the cup for days! This is perfectly balanced by the trademark refreshing astringency, like the flesh and zest of a tangerine. This is from the highest graded group of Phoenix or Fenghuang oolongs known as 'Dancong' (meaning single tree). This one grows in the Xiangyun area on a mountain at an altitude of 300 metres. The bushes are cloned from an original tea tree and the Mi Lan strain is thought the closest in style to the famous old Song Zhong Phoenix teas.

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  9. King Phoenix Song Zhong Oolong

    King Phoenix Song Zhong Oolong

    Song Zhong Wang, which means 'King of Song Dynasty Kind' is the very best type of Phoenix Dancong Oolong. It has been famous for over 900 years and this batch was grown on wild tea trees over 600 years old. In examples of the very best tea, such as the one you are trying, this will be carried out by a tea master. A true master will bring out the ‘four spirits’ of beautiful appearance, glossy coloured leaf, rich aroma and sweet taste. This batch has a unique and powerful, floral fragrance with a fruity, refreshing and light flavour.

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