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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. Green Tea Mini Tuo Cha

    Green Tea Mini Tuo Cha

    A tiny bird nest shaped cake made with succulent green shoots. They yield a smooth, amber infusion. Not a 'red' or 'dark' tea but grown in Pu Erh.

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  2. 'Little Dragon' Long Jing

    Little Dragon Long Jing

    This tea, also known as Long Jing has a full, sweet and aromatic flavour with a cleansing quality that reflects the natural way it is grown. It takes 25,000 leaf and bud sets to make just one pound of tea. A very reasonably priced alternative to the illustrious Imperial Dragon Well.

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  3. Green Peony

    Green Peony

    This is a delicate green tea grown in Yunnan, 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. In many ways it reminds more of a Fujian white tea. This sweetly perfumed tea is a welcome addition to our extensive range of white and green teas.

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  4. '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

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  5. 'Peaceful Monkey King' Taiping Houkui

    Peaceful Monkey King Taiping Houkui

    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'.

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  6. Jade Fire Yong Xi Hou Qing

    Jade Fire Yong Xi Hou Qing

    Huo Qing tea was first produced in Yong Xi village in the Anhui province, home to many famous teas. Its dark, glossy leaves with an edge of yellow rolled into little snail shaped pellets unfurl slowly as they infuse. It is called Jade Fire as the tea has been fired over charcoal. The distinctively rich and smooth floral flavor presents a pleasant balance of astringency and sweetness with a long and refreshing aftertaste. As it has been fired by charcoal during the process, it has a unique light sweet smokiness in the aroma. The rolling process, similar to Gunpowder has been carried out the same way for centuries.

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  7. 'Angel 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

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  8. Huangshan Silver Spring

    Huangshan Silver Spring

    This green tea is grown 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 flavor is full and crisp. It makes it a great choice for everyday drinking.

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