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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. Jun Shan Golden Needles

    Jun Shan Golden Needles (The World's Rarest Tea Type)

    This remarkable tea is picked on just one morning of the year before the Qing Ming festival. This is the rare 'Yellow' variety and should not be confused with the more widely available green Silver Needle from Jun Shan. When infused, the beverage is pale yellow in colour with a surprisingly rich taste and refreshing aroma. Since we began selling this tea in 1992 we have called it 'Silver Needles' but have recently changed it to 'Golden Needles' to better reflect its nature. It is grown on an island that rises out of Lake Dongting which, for four thousand years, has been thought to be the home of 'fairy like' creatures. Perhaps the mist that almost permanently shrouds Mount Jun has helped create this legend. It takes five days of unique processing to create the final product. One of the 'Famous Ten' Chinese teas. Exclusive to 'Imperial Teas of Lincoln' in the United Kingdom.

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  2. Tea of Life White Tea

    Tea of Life White Tea

    This special white tea, grown in the high mountains of Zhen He, is our most popular variety. It comes from the heart of the very small white tea harvest. It first came to our attention twenty two years ago after research published in Germany claimed it to have an energising, revitalising effect peculiar just to this type. Our research in the field since then would seem to back this up! It is mellow and honey sweet in the cup with a lovely pale amber appearance. Many people have noticed a lovely flavour of Violets in it too. I think this is very pronounced when the tea is brewed perfectly and in cooler water. This is picked between March 15 and April 10 but not on rainy days or if there is frost. (For our scented Tea of Life, please look at our Chinese Scented Tea of Life section)

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  3. Fuchow Snow Buds

    Fuchow Snow Buds

    A perfect plucking and processing guarantees a stunning looking leaf and sweet, clean infusion. Like White Monkey this is grown on the 'Big White' strain of tea bush in the high mountains of Fujian. It is mellow with a pronounced aroma and flavour of chestnuts. Learn More

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  4. Ku Ding Serpent's Tongue Herbal Tea

    Ku Ding Serpent's Tongue Herbal Tea

    This extraordinary shaped tea has an unusual appearance and a unique liquorice flavour. Containing more than ten kinds of amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins B and C, germanium and natural selenium, it is no surprise that this tea is reputed to help those with high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. It is said to clear away toxins, tiredness and improve the physique. Learn More

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  5. Imperial Gold Pu Erh

    Imperial Gold Pu Erh Gam Fei Tea

    This loose leaf variety of Pu Erh has a wonderfully earthy, mossy aroma with hints of firewood, minerals and a touch of camphor. It has the typically smooth, almost leather-like flavour and deep red colour you would expect of a 'ripe' or 'Shou' post-fermented tea. Pu Erh Gam Fei Cha, known also as 'dark' and 'red' tea in China has recently gained a reputation as a slimming tea thanks to Victoria Beckham! Also known as Super Gam Fei Cha. Learn More
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Long Jing Dragon Well Green Tea

    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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