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Revised 28th August 2018 - Updates for Summer catalogue
China's share of the international market decreased during
the present century due to competition from countries such
as India and Ceylon. China still produces a bewildering
range of teas loosely classified as black, green, oolong,
scented or compressed.
Black teas are produced extensively throughout the country. Those
from Fukien province are among the best known and referred to as
Red Congous. Many scented variations exist, Rose Congou
being one of the best known.
Fukien is also the source of other well known Souchong leaf
teas such as Lapsang Souchong and
green teas such as Jasmine and Flowers
and its noble brother Yin Hao Jasmine.
Another tea from this province is our high quality
traditional oolong, Goddess of Mercy Premium Grade
Black teas from the Central provinces have very
different characteristics. Notably, Anwhei province is the
source of Keemun, the often named English Breakfast;
devotees will enjoy our Imperial Black No. 10
and the remarkable Keemun Hao Ya 'A'.
Scented teas are produced throughout the growing areas. From
truly green teas, such as Guangxi Guihua
to blacks such as Lichee.
Exports from Yunnan, a mountainous region
on the South West border, commenced around the end of the
Second World War. It is also the source of compressed
teas such as Pu Erh and
associated teas such as Tuocha.
Our prices are indicated in brackets and are in Canadian
Dollars. The prices refer to 125g/250g/500g.
Green Tea Powder (12.00/23.00/44.00/16.00 Tin)
Though perfected by the Japanese over 1000 years ago, green tea powder
(matcha) originated from China by way of Zen Buddhism. Made with
the powdered leaves of Camellia Sinensis that have undergone
minimal oxidation, it is the only form of tea that is actually
Jade Apple Oolong (12.00/23.00/44.00)
Oolong with Apple flavour - perfectly refreshing hot or cold - try
as an iced tea or brew in a pot!
Organic Pinhead Gunpowder (10.00/19.00/36.00 O)
Also known as Pearl tea, this offering has small tender buds rendering
a sweet aroma, an amber liquor and a penetrating flavour.
Yin Hao Jasmine (21.00/39.00/75.00)
Elegantly shaped leaves with downy, silver tips and few flowers. The
infusion has a wonderful bouquet and delicate flavour.
Jasmine and Flowers (12.00/23.00/44.00)
The classic China green tea laced with the full aroma
and oil of the Jasmine flower.
Jasmine Dragon Pearls (21.00/39.00/75.00)
Dragon Pearls are grown, steamed and hand rolled on farms in the
Fujian Mountains from the top two leaves and the bud of new
season growth. The infusion is light, fresh and sweet.
Huang Shan Mao Feng (21.00/39.00/75.00)
A classic Chinese green tea where only the new tea buds and
the leaf next to the bud are picked. Light and fresh, slightly
nutty with a floral sweetness and a pale apricot colour.
Imperial Black No. 10 (12.00/23.00/44.00)
A superior Keemun possessing winey, full colour and the characteristic
hint of smokiness of a quality Keemun.
Keemun Hao Ya 'AA' (44.00/85.00/167.00)
If you enjoy Keemun teas - enjoy this superlative grade which
we have a small quantity in stock for you to try!
Keemun Hao Ya 'A' (26.00/49.00/95.00)
Possessing a uniform and well shaped congou leaf, this popular
tea retains a full complement of complex flavours and aromas
with full, round Keemun taste.
Keemun Mao Feng Black (21.00/39.00/75.00)
This superior, full leaf grade of Keemun is a variety that is
carefully processed so the shape resembles that of Mao Feng
Mutan Silver Tips (18.00/34.00/65.00)
White tea with a delicate ‘peony’ flavour, displaying long
silver tips. Unrolled and unfermented, a unique tea.
White Monkey (21.00/39.00/75.00)
Otherwise known as Baimao Hou, this is a delicate green
tea named after the appearance of the leaves which are
said to resemble the hands of a whitehaired monkey.
Organic Shui Hsien Oolong (18.00/34.00/65.00 O)
This traditional oolong has natural orchid-like flavour with a
lingering fragrance and possesses a clear, bright, amber colour.
Dà Hóng Páo (28.00/53.00/103.00)
This legendary tea is offered as a premium grade oolong brewing
a deep gold/amber cup. The taste is smooth with a fragrant
Goddess of Mercy Premium Grade (18.00/34.00/65.00)
Brewed in traditional Yixing pots this tea is fragrant, fruity and
delicate. It sports curled leaves and can be infused several
Lapsang Souchong Superior Grade (21.00/39.00/75.00 O)
A high grade, tippy leaf gives this classic smoked tea a more
refined and nuanced character.
China Lapsang Souchong (12.00/23.00/44.00)
Full charcoal smokiness, dark and thick, Lapsang Souchong
with a large leaf brews an esoteric cup.
Wild Lapsang Souchong (18.00/34.00/65.00 O)
From the Wuyi mountains, where the highest trees grow at 2158m and
can be more than 200 years old, this wild and rare tea is harvested
early in the morning. It is not smoked but local pine tree
branches are used to dry the tea, giving the leaves a unique pine
and honey-like flavour.
Golden Needle Fujian (24.00/45.00/87.00)
Long slender black leaves, a late picked Panyong which brews
a tea reminiscent of an Assam, deep in colour and spicy.
Lichee Congou (12.00/23.00/44.00)
A large leaf, black China scented tea from Fujian Province
with a very characteristic flavour derived from the
Rose Congou (12.00/23.00/44.00)
Scented by rose petals to give a fragrant tea with delicate
aroma and taste on the palate.
Guangxi Guihua (12.00/23.00/44.00)
Flower scented green tea with the prominent aroma
of guihua, also known as osmanthus.
Ancient Baked Heart (21.00/39.00/75.00)
Growing at elevations of 6,000 to 7,200 ft on Wu Liang Mountain, this tea is
harvested from ancient tea trees that produce a high quality green tea
called Bi Luo Chun. The liquor is a light, golden green with medium
body, notes of toasted rice and wildflowers.
Ancient Artisan Bi Luo Chun (32.00/61.00/119.00 O)
Toasted pine nut taste with a light sweet finish. This tea has a heartier, more
full body than Bi Luo Chun from other regions. Over 200 years ago, Tea Master
Yang Kai's ancestors planted these very special, now ancient tea trees that
produce his high quality Bi Luo Chun green tea. His family secret of making
artisan, handmade green tea has been passed down since then for generations.
Black Luo Cha Snail Shape (21.00/39.00/75.00 O)
Yunnan tea leaves carefully rolled into the shape of a spiral, very similar
to a Fujian Bi Luo Chun (green tea). The infusion produces an amber-colored
liquor that is as smooth as aged Pu-erh tea and has a malty sweet taste and
lovely fragrance with a hint of chocolate and flowers.
Mengku Rich Valley Raw Pu Erh (24.00/45.00/87.00 O)
This long and twisted raw pu erh is picked from very rare, big leaf ancient
tea trees which grow at a staggering height of over 7,200 feet high
on Wuliang Mountain in Yunnan; the youngest of these trees are 'only'
over 150 years old. Bright, golden liquor with notes of tobacco and
Yunnan Moonlight White (21.00/39.00/75.00)
The leaves are taken from teas over 400 years old.... This white
tea has long leaves, white on one side and shadowy grey on
Yunnan Green Pagoda (21.00/39.00/75.00)
A mild-flavoured artisan tea made with a large leaf variety
giving steady fragrance and an elegant after taste.
Yunnan Organic Green (16.00/30.00/57.00)
Look at the small needle green leaves of many shades - this
is a classic green tea from a Province most noted for
black. We think you will give it the thumbs up!
Black Dragon Ball Hong Long Zhu (28.00/53.00/103.00)
This special tea is completely hand-crafted by rolling the highest quality
leaves and buds. When steeped, each ball will slowly unfurl resembling
blossoming flowers. The taste is mellow with a touch of earthiness and
subtle cocoa notes.
Black Needle Cangyuan (32.00/61.00/119.00 O)
This tea in particular has a red apple, cocoa bean aroma and has been
hand-roasted in a wok over wood fire in the traditional way. It
takes its name from its stunning leaf and its origin on the
border of Myanmar. This is a rare organic tea not to be missed!
Yunnan Organic Black (14.00/27.00/52.00 O)
This large tippy leaf tea brews a full coloured cup. Enjoy
its spicy flavour with distinct flowery overtones.
Golden Monkey (21.00/39.00/75.00)
This striking black tea (resplendent with large golden buds reminiscent
of curled monkey paws) is rich, smooth and full bodied with deep earthy
notes and an underlying sweetness of cedar and honey thrown in.
Yunnan Mao Jian (30.00/57.00/111.00)
Grown on cloud enveloped hillsides where tea was first
cultivated, this black tea has long large golden tips
and infuses to give a light yellow liquor which is
refreshing and smooth to the palate.
10 Year Pu Erh (24.00/45.00/87.00)
Pu Erh is neither green nor black tea but on its own. Crafted
from a big leaf tea of brown or dark red colour which
imparts a sweet, mellow flavour and properties associated
Pu Erh (14.00/27.00/52.00)
We stock a matured variety having the full
earthy qualities you expect from an aged tea!
Pu Erh Tea Brick (26.00/250g)
If you like Pu Erh and have not tried a brick tea, this
is the one we recommend!
Mini Tuo Cha (12.00/23.00/44.00)
Small individually wrapped cakes of Pu Erh. Just right for
a mug of tea, the leaves can be re-infused up to three or
Pu Erh Cake (40.00/350g)
If you like Pu Erh and have not tried a brick tea, this
is the one we recommend!
Dragonwell First Grade (26.00/49.00/95.00)
A choice grade enjoyed equally by seasoned drinkers and tea
explorers. Pale golden infusion with a slightly sweet
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