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A truly excellent tea can be as layered and complex as a fine wine, and with a bit of practice you can learn to discern the exact origin...
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Some people count sheep to get to sleep. With 100 different teas to choose from, we’ve found a much better solution. True, our collection is huge. But you can choose to track down your tea by taste, by origin and even by number.
In 1886 our founder Walter Whittard set up his very first shop, filled floor-to-ceiling with the world’s finest tea, coffee and cocoa. Those brave new brews are now time-honoured classics and we’re still following our nose for the new…
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For those looking for a more robust taste to their green tea, this famous variety from China's Hunan Province might be just the ticket.
The elegant blue-grey leaf takes its colour from the silvery buds picked early in the spring, while the infusion itself produces rich, roasted notes and a vibrant nutty complexity. There's even a floral sweetness to the finish, far from the bitter, tannic taste which you might associate with lesser green teas.
The name itself is a reference to the quality of the leaf: 'Mao' refers to the youthful, downy quality of the barely opened buds, while 'Jian' refers to the peaked tip of the young leaves, delicately picked and gently rolled by hand.
Delicate, complex and lightly nutty
Appreciate the flavours of this tea, by itself
Delicious throughout the day
Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and use freshly drawn water heated to around 80 degrees. For the ideal temperature either pour the water before it reaches boiling point or allow the water to sit for 3-5 minutes after boiling. Allow to brew for 2-3 minutes according to taste. Best enjoyed without milk.
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The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder and the compass. But their finest innovation has to be tea, reputedly first discovered by the emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BCE. Originally prepared as a medicinal brew, tea became a drink in its own right during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE), and today China produces thousands of different varieties ranging from black, green and white tea to oolong, puerh and yellow tea. If you’re looking for a bit of teatime reading take a look at Lu Yu’s ‘Tea Classic’: first written in 780 CE, it covers everything from cultivation methods to tea etiquette…
In 1987, archaeologists uncovered an ancient supply of Mao Jian tea in Xingyang county, Henan Province, believed to have been produced as long ago as 875BC. Our Mao Jian is significantly more fresh, but we thought we'd give it the number 875 for a whiff of history
Go green, with this classic steamed green tea, famed for its lush, verdant taste. A good Sencha will have all the dewy freshness of a bright spring morning, matched with the softly savoury smoothness of melted butter. We've selected our signature style of Sencha for its strength, subtle sweetness and rich, refreshing taste. Beats a bowl of broccoli any dayMore Details
This truly extraordinary Japanese tea generates a bright green, almost luminescent infusion. Before being picked and skilfully steamed to keep that peas-in-a-pod freshness, the young leaves are carefully protected from the light: the secret behind the tea's vibrant colour and rich, almost buttery taste, not to mention a whole host of reputed health benefitsMore Details
A speciality of Fujian Province in China, this tea is crafted with exceptional skill, layering the youngest green tea leaves with fresh jasmine blossoms, ready to absorb their fragrant oil as the buds begin to open at dusk. Infuse the hand-rolled pearls and they'll unfurl like blossoms in the water, creating a beautifully light and aromatic brew releasing layers of flavour with each infusion.More Details
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