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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Yin Zhen White Crystal

    Yin Zhen White Crystal

    This rare and famous tea was first produced in 1796. It is extremely high in polyphenols, low in caffeine and has a light, subtle infusion. This is the finest of its kind and is made entirely of silvery buds covered in fine white hairs. It has been a challenge to find Yin Zhen this year, with adverse weather conditions adversely effecting the size of the already small crop. This tea has almost doubled in price in China and took much longer than usual to arrive, due to the floods in China. Our contacts in China however, always make sure we can offer some of the highest quality made and at a reasonable price. I have seen it selling elsewhere for £20 for 25g.

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  4. Anji Bai Cha King April Snow Green Tea

    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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  5. 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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  6. Imperial Gold Pu Erh Gam Fei Tea

    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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