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Taiwanese Tea

Taiwanese Teas | Imperial Teas

An interesting variety of high quality teas are grown on the island of Taiwan on Chinese bushes planted three hundred years ago. The most famous of which are the type known as 'Oolong'. These partially oxidised teas with gentle, smooth and rounded liquor and alleged health benefits offer varied characteristics to their Chinese counterparts. This is partly due to the island's famous 'Yellow' soil and many micro-climates but also to the impeccable care taken to process the leaves and the great variety of strains of tea bush used. They are split into two types, 'Amber' which produce a darker though very smooth infusion and 'Jade', which are greener and can be brewed many times over. Both are exquisite teas with characters ranging from subtle floral notes to hints of fruit flavours and aromas and are very relaxing. Although some of these teas fetch some of the highest prices in the world they are surprisingly economical as they can be rebrewed 7-8 times! Taiwan produces the best oolong tea in the world. It's unique growing environment is due to both its geographical position and its mountainous terrain. This year I have also been introduced, by Taiwan's premier grower, to some delightful and little known 'Black' and 'White' teas and can very much recommend giving them a try. I have also learned this year that Taiwan's tea culture, varieties and history are worthy of a book to themselves and have opened up a whole new voyage of discovery for myself. Anyway, our collection truly contains the best teas of each type found in Taiwan and until we recently imported them, only to be found in Taiwan.

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  1. Earl Grey Golden Buddha

    Earl Grey Golden Buddha

    Jin Xuan is famous for its creamy, milk like aroma, which complements the rich body and transfers into the flavour with a caramel taste. Hints of honey and frankincense add to the intriguing, complex charm of this special tea. The addition of a small amount of special oil of bergamot from the variety of this fruit grown in Taiwan adds another layer that makes this our most distinguished Earl Grey, one that offers a complexity not usually found in scented teas. This bergamot has a different flavour to our classic top quality Italian oil used to flavour our other Earl Grey varieties. Learn More

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  2. A Taste of Honey

    A Taste of Honey

    A special blend of three of the world's best black teas that have a unique flavour profile that give the infusion a natural taste of wild honey. Malt, spice, fruit and honeysuckle notes are among the many that compete for recognition as the tea reveals its character seemingly in waves upon the tongue. Learn More

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  3. Black Velvet

    Black Velvet

    A silky smooth blend of three exquisite teas. The deep red, lingering liquor of one of the components, carries a strong fragrance and flavour of exotic spice. Another has a strong red grape aroma in the dry leaves with a raisin like flavour in the cup that also carries subtle notes of bergamot and mint. The third part delivers dark chocolate, rose, peach, and honey. Learn More

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  4. Mother's Time Tea Blend

    Mother's Time Tea Blend

    Whether its a one off gift for Mother's Day, or a daily reminder that you deserve the best of everything, this is the tea to drink! This is a tea to savour, whether as a treat for yourself or a gift from a loved one. It has an incredible, natural aroma so complex and beautiful it rivals anything that comes out of a parfumier's boutique. Notes floral, fruity, caramel, honey, frankincense, grape, bergamot, mint, nectarine, rose, muscatel and dark chocolate are some of the aromatics and flavours swirling around in the infusion. Learn More

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  5. Ice Peak Evergreen Oolong

    Ice Peak Evergreen Oolong

    An oolong grown in the Deer Valley in Taiwan's Nantou County, close to the famous Dong Ding or Tung Ting Peak. This is from the premium spring flush and so yields a fresh, floral green or a 'Jade' style oolong. There is a butteriness in the aroma and cup due to its light oxidation, which also brings a Camellia and Lilac flavour out of the tea. Oolong tea like green tea is rich in healthy polyphenols which remove free radicals from the body. Chinese doctors also recommend it for helping to control obesity by activating the enzyme responsible for dissolving triglyceride (fatty deposits) and enhancing the function of fat metabolism. Of course more important than this is that it makes a delightful cup of tea! Learn More

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  6. Love from Lincoln Tea

    Love from Lincoln Tea

    Only the best will do when sending love from our beautiful city of Lincoln. On a blend of finest Assam I've made a blend of the best 5 black teas from Taiwan, probably the world for you to send as a gift or drink to a great memory you have of Lincoln. Even if you've never been the flavour is worth savouring anyway! The liquor will offer a rich, sappy liquor that is sugar cane sweet, malty, has hints of caramel, honey, ripe nectarine, cinnamon, nutmeg, frankincense, raisin, red grape, muscatel, bergamot, rose, mint and dark chocolate. Learn More
    From £10.00

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  7. Earl Grey Divine

    Earl Grey Divine

    The addition of a small amount of special oil of bergamot from the variety of this fruit grown in Taiwan adds another layer that makes this one our most distinguished Earl Grey teas, one that offers a complexity not usually found in scented teas. This bergamot has a different flavour to our classic top quality Italian oil used to flavour our other Earl Grey varieties. The base tea is Golden Lily, a black tea famous for its creamy, milk-like aroma, which complements the rich body and transfers into the flavour with a caramel taste. As well as being rich in flavour it is also heavy with theaflavins, exhibited after cooling, when they emulsify to create a milky appearance. Jin Xuan translates as Golden Day Lily and this tea is as fragrant as the flower, with a fruity, floral lingering finish. Learn More
    From £20.00

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  8. Silvertip

    Silvertip Oolong Tea

    Flowery but deep infusion with a flavour reminiscent of peach skin, honey & chestnuts. A mild, enjoyable evening drink taken in the Chinese way with a few leaves scattered on the bottom of a bowl that can be repeatedly brewed. Learn More
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