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Chinese Tea

Legend has it that tea was first discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE, when a leaf from a nearby Camellia sinensis plant fell into a pot of water the emperor was boiling. Traditional Chinese tea has been an important part of China's culture and history ever since, and Chinese loose leaf tea can be classified into five major categories: white, green, oolong, black and post-fermented China tea.

loose leaf yin-hao jasmine tea
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The choicest of the standard grades of Jasmine tea. Delicate flavor with a natural sweetness that is enhanced by the sublime aroma of the finest jasmine flowers.

ZJ81 |
$0.27/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
loose leaf Hubei Keemun Ji Hong Keemun tea
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Rated a top tea region since the Tang Dynasty, Hubei province produces this remarkable black tea. A special grade of Keemun.

ZK22 |
$0.18/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 10 Reviews
USDA Organic China Silver Needle organic loose leaf white tea
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This special production from China is composed entirely of unopened leaf buds. The cup has a delicate, sweet aroma. The light liquor is refreshing with a sweet hint and a lightly nutty/fruity finish. An outstanding organic white tea.

ZW90 |
$0.70/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 10 Reviews
loose leaf Pu-Erh tea
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This selection is a mixture of Sheng Pu-Erh and Nuo Mi Xiang, a Yunnan province herb with the natural fragrance of sticky rice. When infused, the pale golden liquor yields a distinctive aroma with hints of earth and sticky rice. An earthy quality also emerges in the cup, complemented by a dark sweetness. A note reminiscent of freshly baked bread lingers into the finish. Each square piece will yield approximately 2-3 cups of tea.

ZH50 |
$0.28/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf scented black tea
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Scented with the aromatic lychee fruit, this China black tea has a natural hint of sweetness and a flowery aroma. A new lot.

TP31 |
$0.35/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
China loose leaf green tea
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The golden yellow cup has a light floral aroma and honey-like sweetness, with a mild smoky undertone. A gentle tartness reveals itself in the finish.

ZG02 |
$0.11/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
China loose leaf Pu-Erh tea
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Shou Pu-Erh tea leaves are crafted by hand into medium pearl shapes, which yield a thick, rich cup with an earthy character. The aroma is fragrant with hints of sweet toffee. Cocoa notes lead to a smooth finish, hinting of spice. Each 1.25" pearl will yield approximately 3-4 cups of tea. This selection is perfect for multiple steepings.

ZH05 |
$0.84/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Chinese tea
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A tin (approx. 35g.) of each of the following teas: ZG20: First Grade Gunpowder Green, ZH20: China Pu-Erh Leaf, ZK11: First Grade China Keemun and ZO10: China Oolong Se Chung.

Please note that Sampler Sets cannot be personalized.
Teas will vary according to the season.

SC01 |
$26.75
loose leaf downy china white pekoe tea
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Very rare, this exotic tea is the most distinguished of all white teas. The silver-leaf tea buds yield a naturally sweet, complex, and delicate tea.

ZW80 |
$0.97/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
loose leaf black tea
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Elegant, downy gold tips are showcased in this superb black tea offering from Yunnan province. A sweet cocoa aroma pairs well with toasty/biscuity notes in the thick, rich cup. A silky smooth mouth feel envelops hints of cocoa that linger long into the finish.

ZY44 |
$0.89/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
Lapsang Souchong loose leaf black tea
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Blended especially for Upton Tea Imports, this tea is a pleasing and subtly complex variation on a rich, smoky classic. The perfect gift for the Lapsang Souchong drinker who seeks a less smoky cup.

ZS90 |
$0.23/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
China Yunnan loose leaf black tea
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A Broken Orange Pekoe from Yunnan province, this tea is a hearty version of the whole-leaf varieties. Try it with milk for a British style Yunnan cup.

ZY45 |
$0.10/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
Loose leaf rose Congou black tea
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Quality China black (Congou) tea is scented with rose blossoms, creating a naturally aromatic, sweet cup. This tea is occasionally referred to as Lotus Tea, but should not be confused with the flavored tea blend bearing that name. A new lot with rose petals.

TP40 |
$0.12/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 Reviews
Griffins Warf Afternoon Blend Loose Leaf Tea
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In this elegant blend of China Congou and Lapsang Souchong black teas, bold, ebony-brown leaves produce a dark whiskey-colored liquor with a pronounced peat smoke aroma. The velvety smooth cup is layered with notes of mellow smoke and Burgundy, accented by a whisper of toffee sweetness. The deep rich flavor lingers long into the finish.

BTP2 |
$0.33/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
loose leaf China black tea
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Downy golden tips have been carefully handcrafted into beautiful spiral shapes to create a unique leaf appearance in this special, limited production China black tea from Yunnan province. Notes of cocoa, Burgundy, dried stone fruit, malt and warming spice weave together in a rich mosaic of vibrant flavor. A dark sugar sweetness blooms and lingers in the smooth finish.

ZY99 |
$1.88/cup
loose leaf Young Hyson China green tea
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Brisk China green tea of the Chun Mee family. Superior quality, golden liquor with a hint of sweetness. Use sparingly for optimum flavor.

ZG10 |
$0.11/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Oolong tea
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The dark olive, neatly rolled leaves exude a fresh buttery fragrance with hints of flowers. The pale straw-colored liquor invites that first sip with its delightful floral aroma. A nectar-like sweetness complements notes of chestnut and mineral in the light toasty cup. The finish lingers with hints of honey.

ZO44 |
$0.79/cup
loose leaf Oolong tea
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Processed in the traditional roasted style, this classic Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong produces a light amber-gold cup with a smooth, toasty character. Notes of honey and chestnut pair nicely with light toasty notes in both the aroma and flavor. A subtle floral undertone whispers in the lingering finish.

ZO55 |
$0.24/cup
loose leaf Pu-Erh tea cake
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With a tea growing history of over 900 years, the Bulang Mountain range of Yunnan province includes some of the most prized Pu-Erh production regions. In the pale rosy-amber cup, a complex aroma introduces notes of earth and fleeting whispers of fruit and smoke. The flavor is rich with pronounced stone fruit notes of plum and apricot wrapped in honey sweetness, a mouth-filling nectar-like quality. Produced from a large-leaf varietal, this 4 ½ inch diameter round tea cake weighs approximately 95-100 grams and comes packaged in our silver packet.

ZH100 |
$0.44/cup
Jasmine loose leaf green tea
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Green tea scented with jasmine flowers, producing a fragrant, delicate tea. Sometimes classified as an Oolong tea, Jasmine teas are technically of the scented Pouchong family of teas.

TP70 |
$0.16/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
loose leaf tea gift set
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The Perfect Holiday Gift! Experience the unique terroir of China in a cup of tea with our exciting new gift set, “Passport to Explore: Teas of China! This set offers four premium teas to sample: ZJ91: Organic Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearl, ZG20: First Grade Gunpowder Green Tea, ZK88: Hong Cha Mao Feng Black Tea, and ZO88: Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong Special Grade. Beautifully packaged in our gold-embossed “passport” folder, this special gift set is sure to please tea novices and tea connoisseurs alike. Each sample size packet will yield approximately 4-5 six-ounce cups of tea.

GP01 |
$24.95
USDA Organic China organic loose leaf green tea
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This is a perfect tea for getting your daily dose of "greens." This fannings grade produces a smooth and flavorful cup within a minute. Value-priced for everyday consumption and chosen for its pleasing character, this tea is an excellent choice for the green tea enthusiast on a budget.

ZG03 |
$0.07/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
Loose leaf Magnolia Blossom Oolong tea
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This Guangdong province specialty is a lovely Oolong tea, scented with magnolia flowers. Alternately known as Orchid Oolong, or Yu Lan, this selection is a must try for those who appreciate a fine scented tea. The flavor nuances are unique, but hints of jasmine lend a recognizable character.

ZM65 |
$0.35/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
loose leaf Yunnan black tea
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This medium-bodied selection boasts elegantly long, thin leaves that yield a dark copper liquor with a toasty aroma hinting of chocolate. A creamy smooth mouth feel sets the stage for rich notes of dark cocoa and honey. A whisper of spice lingers in the finish.

ZY81 |
$0.53/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
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