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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 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
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 |
$0.44/cup
Decaffeinated China loose leaf green tea
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Bright and flavorful, this CO2 decaffeinated green tea has a pleasant vegetal quality. A bolder version of our ZG09, Decaffeinated China Green Tea.

ZGX9 |
$0.21/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 |
$0.12/cup
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 |
$0.27/cup
USDA Organic Jasmine organic loose leaf green tea
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This selection is produced via the careful processing of quality green tea with fragrant jasmine blossoms. The result is a mildly pungent tea with a pleasant aroma and delicate jasmine essence. The liquor has a pleasingly rich taste.

ZJ56 |
$0.17/cup
China Keemun loose leaf black tea
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With its rich flavor profile and smooth mouth feel, this standard grade Keemun represents a great value for a China black tea. Hints of wine and a suggestion of smoke round out the earthy, full-bodied cup.

ZK11 |
$0.17/cup
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 |
$0.27/cup
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 |
$0.18/cup
Loose Leaf Oolong Se Chung Tea
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A top grade of this lesser known style of China Oolong, this tea is slightly green, with a woody aroma and flavor. A style served in Hong Kong Chinese restaurants. Oolong tea is also referred to as Wu-Long tea, or Black Dragon tea.

ZO10 |
$0.12/cup
China loose leaf Pu-Erh tea
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This leaf format Pu-Erh yields dark liquor with strong earthy notes in the traditional style. A good value for this Yunnan classic.

ZH20 |
$0.15/cup
China loose leaf Pu-Erh tea
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Sheng Pu-Erh tea leaves are carefully rolled by hand into medium pearl shapes, which produce a silky smooth cup with a complex aroma and flavor. Hints of fruit and spice enhance the light earthy aroma. Pronounced notes of fresh apricot are complemented by layers of honey, earth and flowers in the pale golden liquor. The crisp, refreshing finish lingers on the palate. An outstanding selection. Each 1.25" pearl will yield approximately 3-4 cups of tea.

ZH04 |
$0.88/cup
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 |
$0.88/cup
China loose leaf white tea
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This Shou Mei style white tea has been handcrafted into beautiful tea pearls. The golden ecru liquor is fragrant with notes of honey and spring flowers. The sweet cup has an herbaceous flavor with notes of ripe melon. A sweet, lingering finish completes a very special tea experience. Each 1" pearl will yield approximately 2 cups of tea.

ZW01 |
$0.78/cup
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 |
$0.72/cup
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 |
$0.91/cup
China Yunnan loose leaf black tea
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This outstanding selection is composed of bold, well-formed leaves with a very high concentration of golden tips. The smooth, chestnut-amber cup has a rich, inviting aroma and creamy mouth feel. A suggestion of earth and malt join pleasant notes of spice and cocoa, lingering on the palate.

ZY83 |
$0.43/cup
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
USDA Organic China organic loose leaf green tea
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Literally translated, Chun Mee means 'precious eyebrows.' One of our most popular organic China green teas. Steep about 2 minutes.

ZG18 |
$0.11/cup
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 |
$0.24/cup
Jasmine loose leaf green tea
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Chung-Hao Jasmine belongs to the same series of China Jasmine tea as Yin-Hao, but is less expensive. Delicate silver tips adorn the well-made leaves, producing a light, refreshing cup redolent with the heady fragrance of jasmine blossoms. A rich sweetness blooms and lingers into the finish.

ZJ41 |
$0.18/cup
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 |
$2.35/cup
China loose leaf green tea
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Superior grade of green tea in the style of gunpowder teas (tightly rolled tea leaves resembling gunpowder pellets).

ZG20 |
$0.10/cup
China loose leaf Oolong tea
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With a light oxidation level of less than 20%, this premium Oolong is produced in Anxi county of Fujian province. The name Huang Jin Gui translates to golden osmanthus, referring to the cup's light gold hue and osmanthus-like aroma and flavor.

ZO21 |
$0.19/cup
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 |
$0.38/cup
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 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 |
$21.00
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 |
$0.34/cup
loose leaf China green tea
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Laced with downy silver tips, the bold olive-green leaves of this exquisite green tea selection yield a pale golden liquor with a fresh, delicate aroma, lightly vegetal and melon sweet. The silky smooth cup hints of honey, which enhances its light fruity/floral flavor. The finish lingers with a crispness reminiscent of a dry white wine.

ZG107 |
$1.06/cup
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 |
$0.51/cup
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 |
$0.37/cup
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 |
$0.57/cup
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 |
$0.26/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 |
$0.68/cup
China Keemun loose leaf black tea
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A mellow tea in the style of An Hui province Keemun, with classic Burgundy cup character and mild smoky note. The liquor is smooth, with a lingering sweet finish.

ZK12 |
$0.16/cup
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 |
$1.90/cup
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 |
$0.17/cup
loose leaf China green tea
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Accented with silvery tips, the long and twisted dark-olive leaves of this green tea offering from Hunan province yield a pale gold liquor with a sweet floral aroma. The cup is buttery smooth and light with hints of melon and a vegetal whisper that leads to a clean finish.

ZG104 |
$0.45/cup
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 |
$24.50
Jasmine loose leaf white tea
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Silver downy tea buds have been expertly scented with jasmine, lending a sweet perfumed essence to this distinctive selection from Fujian province. The white tea base adds a light savory body to the pale straw-colored infusion. Gentle floral notes in the cup complement the herbaceous melon notes of the white tea. Hints of honey lead to a delicate, lingering finish.

ZJ95 |
$0.61/cup
USDA Organic China Keemun loose leaf organic black tea
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This superior organic loose leaf Imperial Keemun has the depth of flavor and refined complexity characteristic of top grade An Hui Congou teas. The long, wiry leaves produce a deep amber infusion with an aroma hinting of sweet spices and smoke. The smooth cup has notes of wine and cocoa, followed by a peppery hint in the finish.

ZK99 |
$1.23/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
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 |
$0.51/cup
Lapsang Souchong loose leaf black tea
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The smoky flavor of a good Lapsang Souchong is unforgettable. This is an excellent example of this large-leaf variety. Mellow tea that is low in caffeine.

ZS20 |
$0.14/cup
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 |
$0.21/cup
Lapsang Souchong loose leaf black tea
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The best China Lapsang Souchong we have found. To our knowledge, we are the only importer of this grade of Lapsang Souchong tea. Superior in flavor. Very smoky, yet quite mellow.

ZS80 |
$0.17/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 |
$0.42/cup
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 |
$0.27/cup
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