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China is the home of tea, and green tea is China's most revered product. Chinese green teas go back thousands of years in history but they continue developing new types today. There are almost an infinite variety of options. Our job is to pick out the best for you to try.

Clouds & Mist Green

Clouds & Mist Green

4 oz. $7.67

A lovely green tea grown on the island of Zhoushan off the eastern coast of China. This tea is bright, very fresh, very refreshing with the tiniest hint of toastiness.

Clouds & Mist Green, Supreme

Clouds & Mist Green, Supreme

4 oz. $17.29

This green tea has a dark green leaf, well-formed with a slight twist. It produces a cup that is soft and shimmering, exceedingly fresh, slightly sweet, very aromatic, and wonderfully refreshing. This is an exceptional tea.

This tea is a Yunwu (translates: clouds mist) tea from Mengding mountain in Ming Shan county of Sichuan province. A high mountain, pre-Qing-Ming tea (the most-prized early-spring teas) harvested at the end of March, yunwu teas are unique for the natural shading they receive from persistent heavy cloud cover, a reliable part of the Sichuan micro-climate.

Like the deliberate methods used by the Japanese, this shading inhibits photosynthesis and causes a chemical reaction in the plant that gives it a deep green color and its bright, fresh flavors.

Dark Green Needle

Dark Green Needle

2 oz. $14.39

This green tea is composed of gorgeous, long, leggy, tea leaves that have a scent of freshly husked corn. This green tea from Hunan Province (famous for green tea) steeps up very smooth, with great aroma, slightly sweet, with a hint of almost nutty note in the cup. A wonderful and unique green tea. This green tea makes a wonderful gift for the tea connoisseur.

Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

Dragonwell (Lung Ching)

Dragonwell (Lung Ching)

4 oz. $8.95

This green tea has a delicious aroma, mellow floral flavor, and a slightly sweet aftertaste. The most popular tea in China.

Dragonwell Special Grade

Dragonwell Special Grade

2 oz. $15.09

This tea has a wonderful fresh aroma, and when steeped is rich, sweetly grassy, with bright refreshing notes, and a marvelous silky smoothness as you swallow. This is a great green tea.

Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

Green Needle

Green Needle

4 oz. $17.67

Thin, spider leg-like leaves with some silver tip make this a very unique tea. The liquor is very fresh with sweet, complex, silky notes.

Green Tea Squared

Green Tea Squared

4 oz. $8.97

This pre-portioned square of compressed green tea from Yunnan delivers a cup of classic Chinese green tea. It's a little over 2 grams (perfect for a standard mug), the liquor is medium-bodied, smooth, slightly grassy-sweet.

Gunpowder Temple of Heaven

Gunpowder Temple of Heaven

4 oz. $5.99

This is the highest grade of gunpowder tea, also called pinhead gunpowder due to its smaller size. It produces a cup with an earthy, roasty sweetness. Good for 2-3 infusions.

Huang Shan Mao Feng

Huang Shan Mao Feng

2 oz. $8.19

This green tea is one of China's most famous teas, justifiably so. This amazing tea is made of hand-processed young bud sets to produce a complex, silky, sweet, slightly grassy (in a good way), very fresh-tasting green tea. This is a world class tea.

Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

Matcha

Matcha

2 oz. $8.49

This is a lovely matcha from China with that classic strong, vegetal, bitter/sweet, taste. Very nice for sipping informally and great for non-traditional applications: baking, cooking etc.

Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

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Nine Glorious Mountains

Nine Glorious Mountains

4 oz. $13.29

Jiu Hua Shan, which translates to "Nine Glorious Mountains", is truly one of the more remote, lush, and exotic places on Earth. Located in Anhui's Quingyang county (just northwest of Huang Shan mountain), it is one of the four sacred Buddhist peaks - it's breathtaking views making it a popular refuge for Buddhist monks. The old Chinese saying is "Scattered in the clouds and mist of Jiu Hua mountain are a thousand temples." A slight exaggeration, but 78 of them are noted to exist today.

Legend has it that a monk, ill from the rigors of isolated meditation, regained his health after drinking the liquor of the tea plants from the mountain. This particular lot of Mao Feng ("downy tip") has large twisted downy leaves and a spring-time garden scent. The steeped liquor is sweet, smooth, with a slight citrus/spice tang, and a silky lingering texture to the aftertaste. This exceptional green tea is handmade in Quingyang county, Anhui province, China.

Pi Lo Chun

Pi Lo Chun

4 oz. $7.38

This famous Chinese green is a classic semi-curled tea leaf with a sweet very slight toasty note. This green tea steeps up with surprising body, yet is smooth and refreshing.

Pi Lo Chun Imperial

Pi Lo Chun Imperial

4 oz. $15.10

This delicate, handmade tea has a very fresh and sweet aroma. The brewed tea tastes like springtime in a mountain meadow: sweet, slightly grassy, slightly floral, and very satisfying.

Pi Lo Chun, Supreme

Pi Lo Chun, Supreme

4 oz. $19.87

This famous green tea from Jiangsu Province, China has a larger, downier, more open leaf than typical with this type of green tea, with a wonderful sweet aroma. The liquor steeps up soft, sweet, slightly crisp, with a marvelous silky quality. This is a wonderful example of this famous green tea.

Precious Eyebrows

Precious Eyebrows

4 oz. $4.99

This lovely green tea, whose leaves are rolled so they resemble the shape of the Chinese empresses eyebrows, steeps up with a faint sweet note, very smooth, and a somewhat herbaceous character. A classic Chinese green tea.

Sencha

Sencha

4 oz. $6.19

This Chinese grown Sencha is made from Japanese tea plants and in the Japanese manner, and has all the character of a classic Shizuouka Sencha, but is a little sweeter than most Japanese senchas, with a little less taste of the sea. A wonderful introduction to green teas.

Tai Ping Hou Kui

Tai Ping Hou Kui

2 oz. $9.15

One of China's "Ten Most Famous Teas" this green tea from Anhui Province is made from incredibly long, delicate leaves and produces a tea liquor that is refreshing, spring-like, slightly sweet, with a hint of freshly husked corn. This is a Chinese green tea that more than lives up to its fame and reputation.

Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

TeaSource Green

TeaSource Green

4 oz. $7.89

This mao jian style tea from Hunan Province in China brews up light, smooth, sweet, with a very refreshing taste. It makes a great all-day-long tea and a marvelous introduction to straight green teas.

Wild Needle King

Wild Needle King

2 oz. $24.23

This prize-winning spring green tea is made of plumb hand-picked buds from Wuling Mtn in Tao Yuan County, western Hunan Province, China. The steeped cup has a great fresh aroma and the taste is mellow, complex, with sweet asparagus notes, and an incredible lingering aftertaste. This green tea is said to have been Chairman Mao's favorite tea.
Only available in 2 ounce quantities.

High Mountain Green

High Mountain Green

4 oz. $9.49

These gorgeous wiry dark green leaves produce a very unique cup: the pale liquor delivers a cup that is deep, slightly sweet, very fresh, and slightly tart flavor without the characteristic Chinese grassiness. This tea is from Sichuan in the eastern foothills of the Himalayas. During spring there is a natural heavy cloud cover, making this a "shade-grown" tea resulting in higher chlorophyll content and a deeper/greener flavor.

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