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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 China black tea
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We are excited to offer this outstanding black tea selection as most teas of this superior quality do not leave China. Less than 9 kilograms was produced in Tong Mu, located high in the Wuyi Mountains (formerly Bohea Hills) of northern Fujian province. The large wiry, ebony-brown leaves yield a dark ruby-amber liquor with an inviting caramel aroma hinting of marzipan. The exquisitely smooth cup fills your mouth with a rich depth of flavor – toasted almond notes, hints of warming spices and honeyed apricot, a whisper of earthy smokiness – all embraced by a sweet syrupy quality. The finish lingers with a whisper of spice. This stellar selection is truly a joy to savor.

ZP102 |
$4.73/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
Yunnan black dragon tea pearls
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Large, dark brown leaves have been carefully rolled into uniform pearl shapes to create this unique Black Dragon Pearl tea from Yunnan province. Both the dry pearls and the infused liquor are fragrant with the scent of chocolate, hinting of its delicious flavor. The golden-amber cup of Yunnan black tea is rich and earthy with notes of sweet cocoa and hints of stone fruit. The finish is smooth and lingering.

ZY75 |
$1.07/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 5 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
China loose leaf Oolong tea
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An outstanding Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong selection, with an appealing floral intensity. The attractive, olive-green leaves produce a fragrant, pale gold infusion with a buttery smooth mouth feel. Orchid/lilac notes are prominent in both the flavor and aroma, as well as a hint of honey sweetness.

ZO82 |
$0.42/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 4 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
loose leaf Chinese Oolong tea
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This classic Chinese Oolong was grown in the Wudong area of the Phoenix Mountains in Guangdong province. “Da Wu Ye,” meaning “big dark leaf,” refers to the elegantly long, dark green leaves of this most prized of Phoenix Oolong offerings. A gentle roasted aroma introduces the light amber liquor. Pronounced stone fruit notes and hints of honey highlight the rich ambrosial character and full mouth feel of this stellar selection. The finish is smooth and lingering.

ZO66 |
$2.48/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf China white tea
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An impressive mélange of silver-sage buds and light olive-green leaves are showcased in this special lot of “White Peony” China white tea. The pale straw-gold liquor is redolent with pronounced honey notes and buttery floral hints, which spill over into the mouth-filling flavor. The silky smooth cup hints of melon, which lingers into the finish, complemented by a refreshing crispness reminiscent of dry white wine.

ZW102 |
$3.21/cup
USDA Organic Jasmine Pearl organic loose leaf green tea
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This rare offering is produced from carefully selected leaf sets, consisting of buds and tender first-leaf sets. It is then scented with the highest quality jasmine blossoms, which are later painstakingly removed to ensure that the quality of the leaf is represented in the cup.

ZJ91 |
$0.75/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
Jasmine Pearl loose leaf green tea
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Select fine pluckings (two leaves and a bud), scented with the finest jasmine flowers and tightly rolled into pearl-sized spheres. A rare treat for Jasmine tea lovers.

ZJ90 |
$0.61/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
Loose leaf superfine Keemun tea
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Officially the top grade of China Keemun, this grade has always been produced in limited supply. A top lot for the Keemun connoisseur.

ZK90 |
$0.64/cup
The average rating for this product is 3 out of 5 stars 1 Review
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
China Mao Feng loose leaf black tea
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A light sprinkling of golden tips adorns the glossy dark brown leaves in this stunning Mao Feng selection. The copper ruby cup exhibits a complex aroma and flavor with rich notes of earth, wine and smoke. A hint of spice in the finish complements the silky sweet character.

ZK88 |
$0.71/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
Yunnan Green Snail
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Dark olive-green leaves have been rolled into tight spiral shapes to create this premium green snail tea offering from Yunnan province. An aroma reminiscent of sweet tobacco imparts an interesting counterpoint to the classic fruity flavor profile of a Yunnan green tea. The mouth feel is full and buttery smooth with a lingering finish that whispers of spice. This premium selection is the perfect choice for those looking for a less vegetal Chinese loose leaf green tea.

ZG103 |
$0.51/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic loose leaf Yunnan black tea
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This medium-bodied black tea selection boasts long, twisted leaves that yield a bright amber liquor fragrant with hints of Burgundy and spice. A velvety smooth mouth feel sets the stage for notes of earth, cocoa and honey, all of which become more pronounced as the tea cools. A whisper of spice lingers in the finish.

ZY17 |
$0.80/cup
Premium Oolong Sampler
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A tin (approx. 35g) each of the following Oolong teas: ZO11: Milk Oolong, ZO10: China Oolong Se Chung, ZO20: Roasted Oolong, and ZO88: Tie-Guan-Yin Special Grade.

Please note that Sampler Sets cannot be personalized.

Teas will vary according to the season.

SO18 |
$28.50
The average rating for this product is 4 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 |
$28.25
loose leaf black tea
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This outstanding Yunnan black tea selection is composed of handcrafted golden tips with a beautiful downy appearance. The russet-amber liquor is fragrant with hints of molasses. Layers of cocoa, spice and earth weave together to create a rich flavor that is complemented by a caramelized sugar sweetness. A whisper of spice lingers in the finish.

ZY09 |
$1.23/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
Loose leaf Tie-Guan-Yin Imperial Oolong tea
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The dry leaves of this top-quality Oolong offering are fragrant and expertly rolled, producing a sparkling gold liquor with a sweet floral aroma. Notes of orchid are complemented by a buttery mouth feel in the silky smooth cup. Hints of honey lend a richness to the lingering finish. This tea is a great choice for multiple steepings.

ZO33 |
$1.01/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf white tea cake
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The Fuding tea region of northeast Fujian province is well known for its preeminent white tea production, and this white tea cake is an outstanding example of its premium quality teas. The pale golden-amber liquor is smooth and silky with pronounced honey notes in both the aroma and the flavor. Hints of stone fruit linger in the finish. 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.

ZW101 |
$0.61/cup
loose leaf China black tea
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The aromatic, dark-brown leaves of this Congou black tea produce a deep amber liquor, fragrant with hints of cocoa and a dark sugar sweetness. The medium-bodied cup is bright and smooth, featuring toasty/woody notes accented by hints of cocoa and a gentle, lingering toastiness. A solid everyday cup at an attractive price.

ZP101 |
$0.24/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
Jasmine Pearl loose leaf green tea
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Tightly rolled leaf bud sets scented with an alluring fruity nuance. This is a more affordable alternative to our extremely popular Dragon Phoenix Pearl.

ZJ85 |
$0.47/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
Mao Frng Singlo Green Tea
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From Huangshan (yellow mountain) in An Hui province, this premium Mao Feng Singlo green tea offers handcrafted full-leaf sets that produce a pale gold liquor with a wonderfully complex aroma and flavor.

ZG111 |
$1.95/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf black tea
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A tin (approx 35g) each of the following: TP12: Premium China Keemun, TD50: No.1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling, ZY51: China Yunnan TGFOP, and TB51: East Frisian BOP Assam Tea. Representative of a wide range of fine black teas.

Please note that Sampler Sets cannot be personalized.

SM30 |
$25.75
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Pre-Chingming Loose Leaf Green Tea - Gu Zhang Mao Jian
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Hunan province has an auspicious history of producing superior green teas and this early spring harvest carries on that tradition. Bold, handcrafted leaves, threaded with downy silver tips, steep a pale yellow-jade liquor with a fresh vegetal aroma that hints of melon. This Pre-Chingming cup is silky smooth with gentle vegetal notes complemented by a light toastiness. Sweet hints of sugarcane bloom and linger long into the crisp finish.

ZG110 |
$0.97/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
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
China Keemun loose leaf black tea
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From An Hui province, home of the famous Hao-Ya Keemun teas, this selection offers a bright character with a suggestion of sweet tobacco in the aroma. The medium-bodied cup has warm toasty notes and a honey sweetness that blooms as the tea cools.

ZK52 |
$0.56/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
China loose leaf Oolong tea
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Restock available in June!
The loosely rolled leaves of this finest grade of China Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong produce a pale golden cup with a full, buttery mouth feel. A sweet, floral fragrance introduces notes of dried fruit and a hint of honeysuckle in the flavor. The finish lingers with a light toastiness.

ZO88 |
$0.51/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
China Keemun loose leaf black tea
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A fine complement of golden tips sets this stylish selection apart. The flavor has classic Burgundy-like Keemun notes, with subtle smokiness and a hint of cocoa. This one comes close to the Hao-Ya 'A' Keemun of days past.

ZK96 |
$1.00/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf green tea
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A tin (approx. 35g) each of the following green teas: ZG30: Special Grade Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Green, ZG18: Chun Mee Moon Palace Organic, ZG07: Season's Pick China Sencha Organic, and ZG02: Season's Pick Young Hyson.

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

SG37 |
$22.25
The average rating for this product is 5 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 |
$0.83/cup
USDA Organic loose leaf keemun mao feng organic tea
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Long, perfectly twisted leaves produce a dark copper liquor fragrant with bittersweet cocoa notes in this premium Keemun Mao Feng tea. Notes of Burgundy and cocoa make an excellent pair in the rich, full-bodied cup. The smooth finish lingers with nuances of spice in this outstanding organic black tea offering.

ZK68 |
$0.50/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
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. The aroma reveals a woody/toasty/sweet earthy complexity, complemented by hints of cocoa. The velvety smooth, rounded cup is dark and rich with notes of molasses, chestnut and a hint of spice. The clean finish lingers with nuances of cinnamon and clove. 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.

ZH101 |
$0.46/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 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 |
$0.37/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
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 |
$0.46/cup
loose leaf China black tea
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Fragrant with notes of dark cocoa powder, the rich aroma portends the velvety smooth, full-bodied cup filled with pronounced cocoa flavor. A warm toastiness wraps around sweet hints of honey that linger in the finish.

ZK100 |
$0.28/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
Loose leaf China Keemun Hong Cha tea
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The fragrant, dark brown leaves yield a deep amber liquor with a light smoky aroma, hinting of earth and wine. The smooth cup is rich and full-bodied, accented with smoky/earthy nuances. The finish lingers with a hint of spice.

ZK33 |
$0.36/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
Yunnan Zi Juan Congou Tea
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This unique black tea offering, “Zi Juan,” meaning “purple beauty,” originates from a purple bud varietal that was developed at the Menghai Research Station in Yunnan province. The purple-brown leaves have been loosely rolled and produce a dark amber liquor with a pronounced stone fruit aroma. The cup is smooth and sweet with a jammy/juicy character that hints of red wine. A suggestion of almond/nutty nuances leads to a clean finish.

ZP100 |
$0.55/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
loose leaf China white tea
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“Ya Bao” is a special production Yunnan white tea made entirely from tender young buds hand plucked from ancient tea trees. An aroma that hints of spring flowers and wildflower honey introduces the pale jade liquor. The silky smooth cup has a unique flavor, with a fruity sweetness that complements hints of flowers and honey. Light evergreen nuances linger into the bright finish. A rare treat for novices and tea connoisseurs alike!

ZW103 |
$0.53/cup
China loose leaf green tea
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One of the finest China green teas is Lung Ching (Dragon Well). The liquor is pale yellow, slightly sweet, and very refreshing.

ZG71 |
$0.52/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
China Keemun loose leaf black tea
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Extra care is taken with each step, from the extra-fine picking through the oxidation. Exquisite in style, color, aroma, and taste. If an unspecified 'Hao-Ya' Keemun is sold, it is typically Hao-Ya 'B'.

ZK80 |
$0.32/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
loose leaf China black tea
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The wiry, ebony-brown leaves of this premium loose leaf Congou black tea from Fujian province produce a very dark amber liquor with an enticing cocoa aroma. The smooth, rich cup tastes of premium dark chocolate accented by a whisper of spice. The finish is long and lingering with nuances of toffee. This decadent treat is the perfect accompaniment to dessert.

ZK101 |
$0.39/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 7 Reviews
USDA Organic Jasmine organic loose leaf green tea
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An organic silver-tip green tea was scented with fresh, organic jasmine blossoms, creating this delightful tea. The cup aroma is candy sweet and redolent with the sublime scent of jasmine. The liquor is smooth and well balanced, with a pleasing level of jasmine flavor that lingers into the finish.

ZJ57 |
$0.32/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
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
Golden Monkey Supreme
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The ultra-bold, carefully twisted leaves of this outstanding Yunnan province black tea are fragrant with the aroma of rich cocoa. This cocoa note is also prominent in the velvety smooth, full-bodied cup, heady with toasty, spicy hints. A dried fruit sweetness lingers in the finish, balanced by a dry hint of red wine.

ZY105 |
$0.63/cup
loose leaf China Oolong
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Dark olive-green leaves are loosely rolled and enhanced with natural honey flavoring in this unique Chinese Oolong offering. The aroma is redolent with pronounced buttery honey notes, complemented by hints of apricot. The pale golden cup blooms with prominent notes of honey and flowers, sweetened with hints of stone fruit. The finish is smooth and lingering.

ZO77 |
$0.37/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
Jasmine loose leaf green tea
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This fine Jasmine selection produces an amber gold cup with a rich, full mouth feel. The flavor showcases a perfect balance between the base tea and its meticulous jasmine scenting. Light floral notes are highlighted by a hint of sweetness that lingers into the finish.

ZJ55 |
$0.30/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf jasmine green tea
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The pronounced jasmine aroma and flavor of this Season’s Pick offering will please the palates of Jasmine tea lovers. The floral notes are enhanced by a lovely sweetness that blooms as the tea cools, making this selection a great choice for iced tea.

ZJ100 |
$0.19/cup
USDA Organic China organic loose leaf green tea
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Produced in the mountainous region of Zhejiang province, this distinguished organic selection represents an especially good value in Lung Ching tea. Hand-processed leaves are fashioned into flat, yellow-green leaf sets, yielding a flavorful cup with a sweet character and buttery smooth mouth feel. The aroma is fragrant with nutty notes and a light floral hint.

ZG60 |
$0.46/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
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