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the 2012 imperial muscatel darjeeling features beautifully uniform leaves with plenty of gold tips. the signature "muscatel" sweet fruitiness is prominent and insistent, combining with its silky texture and floral notes. this year’s tea has a full-bodied flavor with a gentle grape essence that all darjeelings aspire to have.
our aged hong mei mao feng is an uncommon black tea from zhejiang whose name loosely translates "red plum flower tip." mao feng is the style of leaf that looks like a pointy blade, and this is the most delicate mao feng possible, consisting exclusively of a tip that is jet black and beautifully twisted into a long, thin, springy strand.
one of our most popular teas. an international blend of high quality black teas that's deliciously crisp and full of body. perfect sweetened with honey and a wedge of lemon or served with milk and sugar anytime.
choose either the traditional earl grey or our special blend with lavender. named for charles grey, the prime minister to king william iv in the early 19th century, earl grey's famous tea gets its distinctive flavor from the oil of bergamot, an acidic orange-like fruit. to enhance your experience, we are offering this classic tea with a slight floral essence of lavender. the result is an excellent daily drinking tea full of body and flavor. perfect for any occasion, earl grey with lavender is great with milk and sugar or on its own. comes with or with out lavender.
a traditional twist on a western favorite: the black tea zheng shan xiao zhong (known in the west as lapsang souchong) comes from fujian province's wu yi mountains, the same origin as the great yan cha oolongs. while western tea drinkers associate this tea with the taste of tarry pine smoke favored for export production, the chinese original wasn't smoky - and we've gotten our hands on a heritage edition where the focus is on the tea's cocoa-like notes. hints of fruit emerge as the infusion cools. with the smoke removed a subtle palate can also detect the distinctive yan yun, or rock character, that zheng shan xiao zhong shares with yan cha. flavorful, accessible, and a great companion for hearty winter food, this tea will redefine your assumptions about lapsang souchong.
all of our tea pickers and tea makers stood by and produced this fine tea during a brief three days of good weather. as demanded by tradition and good tea making sense, spring teas are not harvested during rainy days. the brief halt in rain gave us the window needed to pick and produce our imperial standard dragon well, according to our ultra high standards, completely hand-crafted by the same tea makers working for roy for the past 15 years.
the 2012 edition features a rich brew with a satisfying viscosity, striking sweetness, and powerful fresh taste. the infused tea leaves turns light jade green, a trademark of the finest authentic bi luo chun. in the cup, its skillfully hand-crafted, downy leaves unfold to produce a delicate, aromatic, light golden green liquor that opens with a fresh, soft bouquet of spring greens. bi luo chun is noted for its well-rounded sweetness and a lingering, mellow, and slightly buttery finish. a unique, exceptional tea with much in it to discover and appreciate.
this beautiful work of art has been one of our top-selling teas since we introduced it. and this year's dancing blossoms has been improved and produced with high quality organically grown green tea! tippy, spring-harvested green tea is individually hand-tied into a jade treasure sphere. after infusion, the jade sphere slowly opens into an elegant flower which releases a floating string of beautiful white jasmine flowers to dance and sway in the water of your teapot, as if the flowers are gently swaying in a summer breeze. in this year's tea, the slowly swaying jasmine blossoms are now complimented with a lotus of red leaves. the visual presentation is unforgettable.
high grown in zhejiang province, this year's dragon well is nutty and sweet and, as always, full bodied with just the right amount of complexity. due to weather conditions, this year's harvest is less than half of the usual production. dragon well lovers need to hurry!
as usual, we simply can't leave well enough alone! our new everyday jasmine has been improved with more white, tippy green tea leaves. the result is a forgiving jasmine tea that brews well at a variety of temperatures (90c/194f to 80c/179f). all of the hallmarks of a premium jasmine tea are here, ready for you to savor every day.
our new autumn herbal potion, redolent of the finest lavender and mint with just a hint of green tea, will gently warm you, clear your head, and help bring your system back into balance during stressful cold weather and season changes. soothing and restorative, it's sure to be a favorite any time of day.
one of the world's most widely consumed herbal insusions, hearty, aromatic chamomile blossoms are delightfully combined with fresh, cooling mint.
our caffeine-free chrysanthemum blossoms are cultivated and processed in hangzhou, china. only the finest blossoms are plucked and dried to assure a wonderfully rich flavor.
the production of our caffeine-free chrysanthemum mint tea begins with a rare herb cultivated in china's yunnan province that is blended with the finest mint leaves and chrysanthemum flowers. this delightfully delicate blend adds a soothing touch to tea time and is a perfect accompaniment to relaxing moments.
a wonderfully fragrant and attractive blend of four herbal treasures, including aromatic chamomile blossoms, beautiful rose petals, refreshing mint and soothing snow tea- a healthful herb from china's southwestern yunnan province. unique, exotic and caffeine free. perfect anytime day or night.
yellow tea is a relatively rare category and they are becoming even more difficult to find. although yellow teas are still being offered, farmers now produce yellow varietals by skipping the "sealing yellow", avoiding the time consuming and complicated production method. one sip of this authentic yellow tea will tell you why the tried and true traditions are best not altered.
selected from some of the most prestigious estates in darjeeling, india we taking advantage of each estate's superior quality. whether you prefer indian or chinese black teas, our latest muscatel darjeeling has something that no one will want to miss so we have kept the price low enough for everyone to be able to try it!
a unique imperial blend of superior black teas balanced in the classic tradition of complex, full-flavored breakfast teas. beautifully colored in bright amber tones, imperial breakfast's spicy aroma and well-rounded taste refresh with hints of citrus and a whisper of smoke. best with a wedge of lemon or sugar, try this alternative start to the day or as a stimulating tea break.
our unique blend of indian and china teas and a variety of sweet and spicy roots, seeds and herbs is best served with milk and sugar or, for a change, try warm soy milk and honey. either way, we know you and your friends and family will love warming up with a festive cup of imperial chai.
to ensure the remarkable pungency of our jasmine teas, this process is repeated not once, but five times. over the course of these repeated scenting, some of the tiny silvery hairs are rubbed away, exposing the surface of the young leaf and giving this tea its namesake golden appearance. the resulting golden (of course) infusion is complex and almost buttery in the mouth, offering a warm summer palate of jasmine nectar and mellow fruit.
it has been said that puerh appreciation separates the true tea connoisseurs from the mere dilettantes. if we have to assign a point where this parting of the ways takes place, it is probably around the release of this tea. on the one hand are the poor mislead folks who have been drinking a vague infusion of leaves smelling like a moldy basement, and on the other the discerning people who appreciate the way of tea and the depth of expertise it takes to capture the essence of nature's flavor.
it is the type of shou (finished) cake many residents of yunnan, the home province of pu erh, turn to as their everyday beverage. the leaves are large and hearty. the robust flavor is slightly sweet with a bit of earth that remains in the background. it has a dark brown brew and can develop a slightly bitter edge when oversteeped. the cake is ready to drink now and doesn't require further aging. $25 per 375-gram cake.8" round weight - 13.5oz.
it have features small, early leaf tips and a mild, sweet taste with only subtle hints of earthiness. it's a shou (finished) pu erh with abundant golden tips. the liquor is a rich, clear reddish brown. the cake is ready to drink now and doesn't require further aging. 375-gram cake. 8" round weight - 13.5oz.
green puerhs are produced by harvesting the large leaf varietal (da ye) from china's southern province of yunnan. after being cooked thoroughly by pan-firing, no further oxidization occurs. the leaves are then sun-dried, steamed and pressed into a round disc called "beeng cha" or "bing cha". this high standard puerh is our very first organic puerh offering, made entirely from our own blend of high grown spring harvest leaf. the unique fruitiness and well rounded mouth-feel is accompanied by a gentle wisp of smokiness and that signature yunnan sweetness in the finish. delicious now, the amount of natural tannin in this tea also ensures its suitability for long term aging.
imperial tea court's own formulated 2010 dark cake puerh continues to be popular as the flavor continues to mature during the aging process, getting a little better every year. this dark puerh cake offers a surprisingly smooth and medium textured body, with a remarkably fresh taste and subtle sweetness.
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