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Chinese Green Tea

Chinese Green Tea | Imperial Teas

Green teas, of which there are thousands of varieties, are produced by a variety of complex methods but are all firstly steamed to prevent the oxidation of the leaf which would turn the tea into "black" tea. The very finest types produce gentle, subtle, refreshing liquor with alleged, although now largely undisputed health benefits, due in part to the high quantity of antioxidants, up to twenty times that of vitamin E, found in the leaves. This is why green tea is said to be very reviving. We carry all of the famous green teas from each tea growing province, they are acclaimed not just for their special quality but also for their provenance and history and should not be confused with the many thousand more common varieties. Our Chinese green tea should be carefully brewed in filtered water between 70-90c and the rich flavour content of the higher qualities means the same leaves can be used 2-5 times. Unless stated, the variety of Chinese green tea you choose is the highest grade produced and in some cases is usually never sold outside of China.

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  1. 'Angel Tears' Liu An Gua Pian

    Liu An Gua Pian Angel's Tears Green Tea

    As pure and sweet as its name would suggest, and the oldest of the 'Famous Ten' teas. The mist bound Inner mountain, Qi Tou produces the very best grade, with a lucid, bright infusion, high fragrance and long lasting aftertaste. It is usually picked around the 20th April. 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

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  2. Gunpowder Special Temple of Heaven Green Tea

    Gunpowder Special Temple of Heaven Green Tea

    Perhaps the most famous of China's green teas due to its evocative appearance! Ours is the finest grade and when infused unfurls into large, tender tea leaves. It is known as Special Temple of Heaven. It gives a healthy and refreshing brew. The infusion is mild with subtle hints of smokiness. Learn More
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  3. Chun Mee Precious Eyebrow Green Tea

    Chun Mee Precious Eyebrow Green Tea

    So-called because of the leaves resemblance to the ideal of the beautiful eyebrow shape in classical China. This is the highest grade produced and is from the original production area in the Jiangsu province of China near the Yangtze river. It has a fresh plum-like flavour, a tangy sweetness, and a rich, toasty aftertaste. Learn More
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  4. Yunnan Mini Green Tuo Cha Green Tea

    Yunnan Mini Green Tuo Cha Green Tea

    A tiny birds nest shaped cake made with succulent green shoots from the misty gardens of Yunnan. This paper wrapped compressed green tea yields a silky, golden-amber infusion. The aroma and flavour are complex, floral, fresh, wildflower meadow hay, sweet tobacco, and a delicate smoky note. Learn More
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  5. 'Little Dragon' Long Jing

    Long Jing Dragon Well Green Tea

    Long Jing, also known as 'Dragon Well' has a full, sweet and aromatic flavour with a cleansing quality that reflects the natural way it is grown. It takes between 70 to 80,000 leaf and bud sets to make just 1kg. From Shi (Lion’s) Feng Peak you can see a beautiful picture of fertile soil, flowing streams, dense trees, green bamboos dancing on the breeze and patches of tea gardens with clouds lingering around them. Learn More

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  6. 'Peaceful Monkey King' Taiping Houkui

    Taiping Houkui Peaceful Monkey King Green Tea

    This is the very best, Tribute grade of one of China's favourite teas. It is grown in the beautiful national park area of Huangshan in Anhui. This pointed leaf tea yields a soft, sweet infusion with a flowery taste, reminiscent of the orchids which bloom at the same time the tea is made. You can see the marks left on the leaf where it is flattened between pieces of material. This tea was hand made by Mr. Hu, a tea farmer in Xinming area of Taiping County. This is where the Houkui tea was first grown in the fabled 'Monkey Chasm'. Learn More

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  7. 'April Snow' Anji Bai Cha King

    Anji Bai Cha King April Snow Green Tea

    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

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  8. Huangshan Silver Spring

    Huangshan Silver Spring Green Tea

    This green tea is grown on Yellow Mountain in the Anhui province of China. The leaves have an attractive long green curled shape with silvery tips. Only the most tender tea shoots are picked. This tea is famous for its delicate, sweet taste and fragrant aroma. Its flavour is full and crisp. Learn More

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  9. Green Peony

    Fujian Green Peony Green Tea

    This is a delicate green tea grown in Fujian, which is made from tender, spring tea buds. It has the same natural sweetness as Yin Zhen Silver Needle white tea but with a darker infusion and bolder, more complex aroma. I love the invigorating feeling it generates after drinking it. This special green tea is grown in the high mountains of Zhen He. Learn More
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