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Chinese Teas

Considered to be the birthplace of tea, China has a long and complex history with the leaf that goes back almost 5,000 years. Legend tells us that it all began in the year 2,732 B.C. when an unassuming leaf blew into a boiling pot of water belonging to the Emperor Shen Nung. Intrigued by the aroma rising from the water, he dared to drink some. A warming sensation began to fill his whole body and he was immediately entranced with the liquid.

The earliest records of tea indicate that its primary function was medicinal. It is not until the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) that tea transitions to a beverage to be drunk for pleasure, and even then it was only on special occasions.

Up until the mid 17th century all Chinese teas were green. As international trade began to rise around this time, farmers needed to find ways of preserving the leaves. The result of these experimentations was black tea, which with its special processing, kept its flavor and aroma longer than its green counterpart. Thus allowing it to make the long journeys around the globe.

China is also responsible for the creation of many of styles of tea as well, including oolong, white, pu erh and the more rare yellow teas. Chinese teas are astonishingly diverse and offer countless styles and flavor profiles, both ancient and modern.

Sichuan

bi tan piao xue  strong
 
bi tan piao xue strong
Alluring aroma with large plump blossoms.
bi tan piao xue  delicate
 
bi tan piao xue delicate
Very fragrant cup with a rosy hue and quite complex finish.
meng ding huang ya
Gu Zhi Xin's
meng ding huang ya
Dry fruity aroma with a light yellow liquor and toasty, nutty, warming notes.
meng ding mao feng
Guo Yu's
meng ding mao feng
Dry aroma of hops and white grape with sweet, pear-like liquor.

Zhejiang

da fo long jing
Liu Yi Qian's
da fo long jing
Light bodied with soft chestnut and a lovely floral undertone.
shi feng long jing
Guo Ya Ling's
shi feng long jing
Crisp, delicately nutty body, with a hint of sweet grass and apricot blossoms.
yu qian anji bai cha
Yu Feng's
yu qian anji bai cha
A gentle yet complex cup with floral, sweet grass and lychee notes.
yun wu
Zhao Bi Yun's
yun wu
A layered cup with fruity notes and a very light smokiness.

Fujian

anxi wulong low fire
Huang Jiang Bin's
anxi wulong low fire
Complex with crisp floral notes and a sweet lingering spring greenness.
traditional ti kuan yin
He Ling's
traditional ti kuan yin
Soft with sweet honey-floral notes and a delicate flinty minerality.
jin guan yin
Ye Hong's
jin guan yin
Floral notes of wild orchid, osmanthus blossoms, and a hint of mineral.
ma liu mi
Wang Xiang Feng's
ma liu mi
Gorgeously intricate in profile with lingering, pronounced floral notes.
tie kuan yin black
Yang Ai Fang's
tie kuan yin black
A floral-fruity sweetness that hints at chocolate and whispers of licorice.
yin hao long zhu
Wang Ling Hui's
yin hao long zhu
Gentle jasmine essence and intricate layers of soft sweetness.
tongmu jin jun mei
Wang Xiang Feng's
tongmu jin jun mei
A layered blend of sweetness, spice, and cocoa.
zhang ping shui xian
Yuan Xiao Zhen's
zhang ping shui xian
A flavorful cup of light honey notes, that is floral, layered, and lingering.
bai hao yin zhen
Zhang Xiao Han's
bai hao yin zhen
Flavor notes of honeydew, fresh sweet cucumber and a slight hint of mineral.

Anhui

huang shan mao feng
Liao Xiao Juan's
huang shan mao feng
Floral aroma, luscious buttery texture, soft notes of lychee and sweet grass.
qimen caixia
Zhao Li Li's
qimen caixia
Light bodied, delicate with layered notes of orchid, honey, and toast.
tai ping hou kui
Liang Yu Ming's
tai ping hou kui
Sweetgrass, lily-of-the-valley floral, and whispery apricot notes.
tai lake pi luo chun
Wang Li Zhen's
tai lake pi luo chun
Light and crisp floral notes, with hints of sweet pea flowers.
lu an gua pian
Yang Li Hua's
lu an gua pian
Complex and layered with super quiet nut notes.

Hunan

jun shan yin zhen
Li Ai Hua's
jun shan yin zhen
Creamy light cup with hints of toast and a soft muscat grape fruitiness.

Yunnan

ancient tree green puerh
Xia Jun's
ancient tree green puerh
Very smooth with hints of honey, apricot, a soft sweet smoke.
gong ting puerh
Yang Qing's
gong ting puerh
Silky, smooth, mellow, sweet, hints of anise, mineral, and plum.
jin kong que
Zhao Ji Lin's
jin kong que
Intricate notes of honey, toastiness, cocoa, and roasted sweet potato.