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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

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.

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.

Fujian

anxi wulong low fire
Huang Jiang Bin's
anxi wulong low fire
Complex with crisp floral notes and a sweet lingering spring greenness.
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'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
Floral-fruity sweetness that hints at chocolate and whispers of licorice.

Anhui

huang shan mao feng
Liao Xiao Juan's
huang shan mao feng
Floral aroma, luscious buttery texture, soft notes of lychee and delicate sweet grass.
tai ping hou kui
Liang Yu Ming's
tai ping hou kui
Sweet grass, lily-of-the valley floral, and whispery apricot notes.

Yunnan

ancient tree green puerh
Xia Jun's
ancient tree green puerh
Very smooth with hints of honey, apricot, a soft sweet smoke.
jin kong que
Zhao Ji Lin's
jin kong que
Intricate notes of honey, toastiness, cocoa, and roasted sweet potato.
anxi wulong medium fire
 
anxi wulong medium fire
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bi tan piao xue strong
 
bi tan piao xue strong
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bi tan piao xue delicate
 
bi tan piao xue delicate
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gong ting puerh
 
gong ting puerh
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jun shan yin zhen
 
jun shan yin zhen
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meng ding mao feng
 
meng ding mao feng
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qimen caixia
 
qimen caixia
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yin hao long zhu
 
yin hao long zhu
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yun wu
 
yun wu
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