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NEW SPROUTS ON A TEA BUSH IN DARJEELING

NEW SPROUTS ON A TEA BUSH IN DARJEELING AT RISHEEHAT TEA ESTATE © Jane Pettigrew's Book WORLD OF TEA. Photography © John O'Hagan, Hoffman Media.

 
In ancient China, loose-leaf green tea was the most popular among ordinary people since it was very cheap to produce and easy to prepare. One of the finest green tea of that time (12-13th centuries) was Rizhu. It was produced by monks at the Zishou Temple in Zhejiang province. This tea was so good and in high demand so that some other tea makers tried to imitate its aroma by adding some amount of musk to the brew of a regular or lower quality green tea. Reference: The True History of Tea by Victor H. Mair & Erling Hoh

Green tea is an unfermented tea, which goes through the pan-firing or steam process right after plucking. Chinese green tea manufacturers generally uses a pan-firing process on a hot wok or hot air. In Japan, green tea is processed by using steam for this purpose. The infusion of green tea is yellowish green and aromatic with a fresh, slightly garry taste. The healthy properties of green tea are largely attributed to polyphenols. They give green tea its antioxidant properties and slightly bitter character. Although, Malawi Green Teas do not have bitterness at all! An amazing sample of such green tea is Malawi Zomba Pearls.

Recent research conducted on large population of green-tea drinkers support the idea that regular consumption of green tea may prevent certain cancers, reduce risk of cardio-vascular disease, gum inflammation, and works as a weight-loss agent. Green tea also contains alkaloids like caffeine, theobromine and theophylline, that contribute to its effectiveness as a mild stimulant.
Although drinking green tea is definitely beneficial, please drink it in low to moderate amounts. Do not overdose. Instead, try to replace an extra dose of caffeine with physical activities. For the safe and appropriate medicinal use of Green Tea, consult your healthcare professional or please visit
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What is Gunpowder Tea? The Chinese name for Gunpowder Tea is Zhu Cha. It is rolled into tight pellets between the palms of the hand. Rolling the leaf has two effects on quality of the tea. It forces to the surface flavorful juices that otherwise would remain in the leaf. Rolling also forces out water, thus helping to reduce the tea's final moisture content. Each pellet retains its shape during firing and keeps its freshness longer than tea not manufactured in a pellet form.

Steeping Time: For the best taste, allow the boiling water to "rest" for a minute before using. Pour it over the tea, and allow it to brew for only one minute. To obtain maximum health benefits, brew a green tea for 3 to 5 minutes. Steeping green tea too hot or too long will result in a bitter, astringent brew, regardless of the original quality of a tea.

Tea Facts: Japanese tea plant Sayamamidori which produces Sencha leaf was developed by crossbreeding in 1953. Another crossbreed Kyoumidori (1954) produces Tencha and Gyokuro leaf.
 
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🌟 MONK'S MAGIC JASMINE PEAR TEA BLEND. Ingredients: 2 parts any Jasmine tea, 1/4 part Freeze Dried Pears. Thoroughly blend all ingredients in a drum or large bowl and place in jars or tins. Adjust ingredients for larger quantities. For more recipes, please click here: Cooking with Tea »

 

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CEREMONIAL DRAGONWELL
Country of Origin: China, Zhejiang Province | Grade: Super Dragonwell | Manufacture Type: Steamed green tea and a special 10-part handmade process | Altitude: 2500 ft
Cup Characteristics: Full bodied tending astringent (brisk) with a slight heady bouquet. Dragonwell is distinguished by its beautiful shape, emerald colour, scented smell and tending sweet floral character. Full green tea flavor. Ingredients: Luxury Green Tea. Infusion: Bright and green.
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $330.18
 

CHRYSANTHEMUM RELAX
Ingredients from: China, Zhejiang Province | Grade: Formed Tea | Manufacture type: traditional hand made | Organic Certificate: QMI Organic Inc.
Cup Characteristics: Tea Coins, pressed detoxifying green tea (not blooming). Exceptional and rare tea. In addition to Chrysanthemum tea's purported use as a relaxant, traditional Chinese health practitioners maintain that the flower also helps detoxify the blood, aids in sinus congestions, lower high blood pressure, sharpens vision and clears the mind. Ingredients: Luxury Certified Organic Green Tea, Organic Air Dried Chrysanthemum. Infusion: Pale green with yellow hints.
200g - $54.63
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
400g (0.88lbs) pack - $86.73
 

DRAGON 4 FLOWERS
Country of Origin: China, Yunnan Province | Grade: Artisan Handcrafted Tea | Manufacture type: Non fermented, handmade, small batch crafted
Structure: the petals of 4 flowers, wrapped up inside full leaves of fresh green tea. The leaf depicted the dragon's scaly skin while the flowers represented his treasure. Look at Dragon 4 Flowers Blooming Show » Cup characteristics: Light lavender notes wind their way through a floral bouquet and provide some depth and body to the early season green tea. The cup displays delicate, exceptionally fresh hints of grassiness that intertwine with the intricate mélange of the four flowers. Ingredients: Luxury Green Tea, Amaranth, Jasmine, Chrysanthemum and Lavender Blossoms. Infusion: Bright, golden infusion.
200g - $92.70
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $231.75
1kg (2.2lbs) pack - $308.75
 


JAPAN GYOKURO
Country of Origin: Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture | Grade: Shade Gyokuro
Cup Characteristics: Smooth and deliciously vegetative with hints of astringency on the finish. Gyokuro is produced only from hand-plucked tea grown between March and April when tea bushes flush, pushing up fresh new shoots. Complicating matters, for the first three weeks of production, the bushes are shaded with bamboo and straw, forcing the plants to produce more chlorophyll, deepening the flavor of the leaf. About two weeks after the shading has been removed, the tea is plucked. Extreme care is taken to select only leaves that are smaller than one inch in size. Anything larger and the tea will lose its fragrance and pliable, tender qualities. Next, the leaves are gently bruised and lightly steamed resulting in a fine, dark leaf with pungent depth and luscious green character. Ingredients: Ultra Luxury Green Tea. Infusion: Deep olive hues.
200g - $107.23
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $268.08
 

JASMINE DRAGON TEARS
Country of Origin: China, Fujian Province | Grade: Tea pearls with delicate jasmine scent | Manufacture type: steamed green tea, hand rolled | Altitude: 1500 feet above sea level
Cup Characteristics: Smooth with delicate and pleasing flavour and a heavenly jasmine character. The extraordinary flavour of these Jasmine Dragon Tears is due to the time of plucking, manufacture and the fresh spring jasmine blooms. Ingredients: Luxury Green Tea, Jasmine Petals. *Scented tea, no flavours added. Infusion: Pale green liquor.
200g - $197.04
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $492.60
 

JASMINE GOLD DRAGON
Ingredients from: China, Jiangxi Province | Grade: Special Jasmine - Gold Dragon | Manufacture type: Steamed green tea and infused with scent from midnight picked jasmine | Growing Altitude: 1500-4500 feet above sea level | Organic Certificates: Certified to the standards of the USDA/NOP, COR (Canadian Organic) and EU (European Organic) by SAI Global Certification Services Ltd.
Cup Characteristics: Exquisite, abundant Jasmine character on a seasonal green tea. This Jasmine flavor is only possible with midnight May flowers. Ingredients: Luxury Certified Organic Green Tea, Jasmine Blossoms. *Scented tea, no flavours added. Infusion: Tending bright emerald green.
200g - $43.09
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $107.73
50 PTB - $33.42
 


ORGANIC LAVENDER RESPOND
Ingredients from: China, Zhejiang Province | Grade: Formed Tea | Manufacture type: Traditional handmade | Organic Certificate: QMI Organic Inc.
Cup characteristics: Extremely aromatic Tea Coins with a sweet scent of Fresh Lavender. These pressed leaves are a detoxifying Green tea. Exceptional and rare. From the moment you drop the pressed button of tea into your cup or teapot and infuse it, your senses heighten as the fragrant notes fill the air, the first sip beckoning a second. Ingredients: Luxury Certified Organic Green Tea, Organic Air Dried Lavender Blossoms. Infusion: Pale green tending yellowish.
200g - $54.63
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
400g (0.88lbs) pack - $86.73
 

ORGANIC LU MU DAN
Country of origin: China, Zhejiang Province | Grade: Artisan Handcrafted | Altitude: 1500-4500 feet above sea level | Organic Certificate: QMI Organic Inc.
Cup characteristics: Lu Mu Dan was designed to represent the Wheel of Buddha - one of the oldest and most important Buddhists' symbols. In some remote villages of Zhejiang, there is a custom to turn the Lu Mu Dan wheel piece three times before brewing - once for hearing the truth, once for understanding the truth, and once for internalizing the truth. Having an extensive green tea flavour, this remarkable tea can definitely can be an excellent meditative companion. Ingredients: Luxury Certified Organic Green Tea. Infusion: Very pale with a touch of sunshine.
200g - $92.63
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $231.57
1kg (2.2lbs) pack - $308.75
 

NEPAL JUNCHI
Country of origin: Nepal, Dhankuta | Grade: Silver Orange Pekoe | Altitude: 2500-5500 ft
Cup characteristics: As it is known, Nepal produces some of the wold's finest Orthodox leaf teas grown without any chemicals. Most of Nepalese teas are considered as excellent examples of the top Darjeeling teas since the cup has the same mild muscatel finish with soft notes of wheat grass and good mouth filling astringency. The superb mountain tea from 'Pure Land' with clean and transparent green flavour. * Naturally Organic, Pesticide-Free. Ingredients: Natural Green Tea. Infusion: Bright and golden coppery.
200g - $42.14
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $105.35
2kg (4.4lbs) pack - $291.00
 


ORGANIC OSPREY GUNPOWDER
Country of Origin: China, Zhejiang | Grade: Gunpowder, Organic | Attitude: up to 2500 feet above sea level | Organic Certificate: QMI Organic Inc.
Cup Characteristics: A special, new season green tea with surprising body and a captivating taste. The Chinese name for Gunpowder Tea is Siaou Chu, which literally means large leaf. This tea is a classic top quality Gunpowder with good "green tea" taste properties - slightly vegetative, but refreshing and clean. Superior quality gunpowder tea comes from the province of Zhejiang in China and from Taiwan. Ingredients: Luxury Certified Organic Green Tea. Infusion: Tending dark green.
200g - $25.82
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $64.54
2kg (4.4lbs) pack - $177.00
 

ORGANIC PEARL RIVER
Ingredients from: China, Jiangxi Province | Grade: Pearl River Chunmee Style | Altitude: 1500-4500 feet above sea level | Organic Certificate: QMI Organic Inc.
Cup characteristics: 'Pear River' signifies master quality, cleanliness and good health. This superior quality Pear River has curly leaves meaning that they have been hand plucked and hand sorted: only the top two leaves and the new bud have been taken to make this tea! Ingredients: Luxury Certified Organic Green Tea. Infusion: Tending bright forest green.
200g - $27.34
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $68.36
2kg (4.4lbs) pack - $187.50
 

ORGANIC ROYAL CEYLON GUNPOWDER
Ingredients from: Sri Lanka, Dimbula | Grade: Small gunpowder | Altitude: 4000-5900 feet | Manufacture type: Non fermented, Traditional process, Small batch crafted.
Cup characteristics: A green tea with surprising full body and a captivating taste that has an intriguing hint of oakiness. The tightness of the rolled pellets gives excellent flavour when made into tea. The base tea comes from some of the best estates in Sri Lanka. Gunpowder tea is produced like green tea but after the steaming process the tea is tightly rolled into what appears to be pellets. When boiling water is poured over the leaves they quickly expand and in some cases can almost fill the cup. Ingredients: Green tea. Infusion: Bright amber with greenish highlight.
200g - $25.12
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $62.82
2kg (4.4lbs) pack - $199.38



ORGANIC SENCHA AKAIKE
Ingredients from: Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture | Grade: Sencha | Manufacture type: Non fermented, Traditional steamed, Pan dried and polished | Organic Certificates: Certified Organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd., equivalency agreements NOP, COR, EU
Cup characteristics: A medium-bodied Sencha leaf that tends lightly vegetative with long notes of wheat, clover honey, sweet grass and subtle seaweed. Known to be high in polyphenols. The cup pairs exceptionally well with foods of all sorts, it is also a great companion for peanut butter sandwiches. Superior quality Green tea. Ingredients: Luxury Certified Organic Green Tea. Infusion: Avocado-like green with brightness.
200g - $29.18
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $72.94
2kg (4.4lbs) pack - $200.10
 

TIANMU MING DYNASTY
Country of Origin: China, Zhejiang Province | Grade: Tianmu special grade | Organic Certificate: QMI Organic Inc.
Cup characteristics: Superb taste with sweet, almost honey-like notes. Deliciously vegetative with expansive flavor. This tea is manufactured under shou-mei principles: sun-dried and subjected to a minimum amount of processing so the tea's colour and aroma are as close as possible to those of fresh leaves. You can see evidence of this in the leaf appearance - the leaves are virtually whole with many bud sets and slight 'hairy' down, indicative of very careful hand rolling and superior hand sorting. Ingredients: Luxury Certified Organic Green Tea. Infusion: Very bright yellow-green.
200g - $83.13
Nitrogen-flushed, vacuum-sealed:
500g (1.1lbs) pack - $207.83
1kg (2.2lbs) pack - $285.00
 

ZOMBA PEARLS
Ingredients from: Malawi, Shire Highlands | Grade: Handmade Pearls | Manufacture type: Non fermented, Traditional process, Small batch crafted.
Cup characteristics: Named after Malawi's former capital, Zomba, this handmade tea offers a captivating grassy flavour with smooth and lush floral notes and clean finish. It tends sweet and unlike many greens, Malawi's green teas won't get bitter! Natural, grown without pesticides on Satemwa Estate. Ingredients: Luxury Green Tea. Infusion: Light olive green with yellow highlights.

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