Green Teas

Green Teas have been subjected to minimal oxidation during their processing, and are often promoted for their health benefits. They also taste jolly good.

Chun Mei: Moon Palace, £3.05 for 50g

Chun Mei tea

Known as 'Precious Eyebrows' tea after the curved shape of the leaves with resemble those of Chinese beauties. This is a classic Chinese green tea, a high grade version not to be mistaken for 'ordinary' Chun Mei. Another name for this tea is Chun Mee. You will sometimes see this also called 'Young Hyson' after Philip Hyson, a young Tea Merchant.

Water, not boiling, at about 80°C.

Infuse 1 - 3 minutes, best taken without milk.

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Gunpowder: Temple of Heaven, £2.15 for 50g

Gunpowder Tea

The highest grade of Gunpowder, a green tea like no other, tightly rolled into small neat 'balls' resembling gunpowder.

Water, not boiling, at about 80°C.

Infuse 3-5 minutes, best taken without milk.

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Jasmine, Chung Hao, £3.20 for 50g

Jasmine Chung Hao tea

A high grade of green tea infused with petals of Jasmine

Water, not boiling, at about 80°C.

Infuse 3-5 minutes, best taken without milk.

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Sencha with Red Ginseng, £3.45 for 50g

Sencha Ginseng tea

This is a type of Japanese Green Tea (called a guest tea, i.e. special!) Here it is blended with red ginseng and passion fruit rounding off the dry taste of the 'green' with natural sweetness. This is a very good introduction to green teas.

It is best served after giving your tea a 'Wash'. You can easily do this by immediately pouring off the 1st brewing of the tea and then allow the 2nd brew to steep for a few minutes in the usual way.

Water just 'off' the boil.

Infuse 3-5 minutes, best without milk.

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Sweet Ossmanthus £4.15 for 50g

Sweet Osmanthus tea

A fine green tea from the Province of Guangxi in southern China, infused with the flowers of Osmanthus. In Chinese medicine it is said that it improves complexion and is also associated with love and romance.

Water, not boiling, at about 80°C.

Infuse 3-5 minutes, best taken without milk.

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