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The Great Tea Race Collection

Our Tea Buyer continually searches the world for premium teas that we are proud to offer to our customers. On occasion, we find teas that are so special that we have them shipped to us by the fastest method today – the airplane – so we can share them with our customers as soon as possible. This is very similar to the nineteenth century when tea merchants would ship their precious cargo by the swift tea clippers, ensuring the fastest arrival times. In honor of this great tradition, we offer this collection of the highest quality teas - The Great Tea Race Collection. This carefully curated collection is named in honor of the Great Tea Race of 1866, when five of the fastest tea clippers set sail from Foochow, China bound for London with their cargo holds filled with tea chests. Ninety-nine days and over 15,000 nautical miles later, the Taeping and the Ariel docked first in London, only twenty-eight minutes apart.

China loose leaf Pu-Erh tea
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Tiny mandarin oranges are dried and stuffed with Shou Pu-Erh leaves, creating this unique tea treat. The opaque, deep brown liquor is fragrant with hints of citrus zest and earth. A whisper of cocoa joins the citrus-earthy flavor in the cup, finishing on a brisk, lively note. Each 1.5" mandarin will yield approximately 4 cups of tea. This selection is perfect for multiple steepings.

ZH03 |
$1.18/cup
The average rating for this product is 3.5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The bold, attractive leaves of Balasun Estate’s very first plucking are sprinkled with a fair complement of silvery tips. The fresh aroma is delicate, with honeyed floral hints. The amber-gold cup is exceptional, with rich floral notes enhanced by a silky smooth mouth feel. A tropical fruit sweetness leads to a crisp, lingering finish.

TD170 |
$2.05/cup
loose leaf Japanese black tea
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Produced at a small family tea garden in Shizuoka, Japan, this unique black tea is smoked for 6-8 hours using wood chips from a Japanese cherry wood whisky barrel. With layers of smoke, Burgundy and hints of floral sweetness, the aroma is reminiscent of a warm charcoal fire. A buttery mouth feel and hints of toffee complement the pronounced smoky notes in the smooth, rich cup. That smoky character is joined by a prevailing sweetness that lingers long after the last sip.

TJ103 |
$2.81/cup
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
USDA Organic loose leaf organic Darjeeling black tea
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This organic first flush Darjeeling selection offers bold leaves accented by a plethora of downy silver tips. The amber-gold cup exhibits a bright, refreshing character, which accentuates notes of honey, tropical fruit and melon. A crisp, clean finish completes a delightful tea experience.

TD171 |
$2.05/cup
loose leaf Formosa Oolong tea
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From the “Four Season Spring” cultivar, this unique Formosa Oolong exhibits premium, loosely rolled leaves that produce a pale gold liquor with the heady scent of lilacs. A smooth, rich buttery mouth feel provides the perfect complement to the pronounced honey notes and intense floral character. The finish lingers with light hints of melon.

TT77 |
$2.44/cup
The average rating for this product is 3.5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 3, 2022, this stellar first flush Darjeeling intoxicates with its fresh floral fragrance. Upon first sip, the vibrant gold liquor fills your mouth with a buttery smooth feeling like golden cornsilk. Enlivened by a rich honey sweetness, the classic floral character conjures a stroll through a lush spring garden. Vegetal hints linger in the crisp finish, completing a delightful tea moment.

TD203 |
$3.26/cup
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
2020 Teesta Valley First Flush Darjeeling Tea
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Decorated with downy silver tips, the bold olive-green leaves of this first flush selection produce a refreshing, amber-gold cup filled with tropical fruit sweetness. A light stone fruit aroma is complemented by crisp hints of white wine that linger in the smooth finish.

TD139 |
$1.41/cup
loose leaf Assam white tea
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This rare Assam Silver Tips tea is exclusively downy, silver-white tea tea buds. The pale golden cup offers a toasty aroma with gentle hints of fruit and corn silk. The buttery smooth mouth feel supports a complex flavor profile with ripe fruit hints, suggestive of melon and apricot. A fleeting whisper of Assam maltiness lingers in the sweet finish. A must try for white tea aficionados.

TA137 |
$3.30/cup
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
Tindharia Estate First Flush FTGFOP1 (2022 EX-1) Darjeeling
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Harvested on March 8, 2022, this is the very first plucking of the first flush season at Tindharia Estate. A profusion of downy silver tips decorate the olive-green leaves, which produce a fragrant golden liquor redolent with buttery floral notes suggestive of honeysuckle. The silky smooth cup fills your mouth with a lively feel that awakens the palate. Classic floral notes pair with a fruity sweetness reminiscent of juicy pineapple, which linger into the crisp finish. A truly delightful way to enjoy a tea moment at any time of day.

TD204 |
$2.64/cup
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