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Learn about tea

Appreciate your fine Chinese tea more with our guides to brewing and tasting your tea, as well as information about the growing, history and culture of tea drinking in China.

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  • Suggestions »
    Choosing a Chinese tea to suit you isn't difficult - and remember, it'll be the healthiest, tastiest choice you make this year! You don't need to worry about learning names and histories of thousands of teas - there's a few simple ways to choose: If you're looking for a tea ...

  • Tea and the environment »
    We're hugely concerned with the impact of our tea on the environment. It's probably quite important to you too that your daily brew is high quality and not environmentally damaging, so we'll keep this page updated with links and information. Carbon footprint of our Chinese tea Evidence suggests that drinking ...

  • Are our teas organic? »
    A big question from many customers is always "are your teas organic?" Here's the not-so-short answer to that question. Our teas are grown and processed by hand the traditional way, but most do not carry formal organic certification. We have strong reasons for this. Firstly, organic certification is a long ...

  • How is Chinese tea made? »
    There are literally thousands of different processing methods for making Chinese teas, with small variations creating vastly different tastes. Here's a rundown to the main ways of making tea. 1. Picking - the tea is picked when new shoots push through - click to see more » 2. Drying - ...

  • Milk and sugar »
    A big question for many new drinkers of Chinese tea is - "can I add milk and sugar?!" Milk You can add milk to your Chinese tea, although it's not recommended. Typically, Chinese tea has a lighter flavour than 'builders tea' and so milk will almost totally overwhelm that taste. ...

  • Brewing times »
    While every tea is different, there's still a few basic guidelines that apply when you're brewing any tea. In a teapot or mug - 1-2 minutes For regular daily brewing of your teas in a teapot or mug, roughly 1-2 minutes (with 1 Pinch per-person) will be perfect for most ...

  • Our packaging »
    Our teas are packaged simply and efficiently - your money goes into better quality tea, not fancier boxes! Preserving your tea Your tea is delivered to you sealed in a thick and durable plastic bag. Compressed teas like Iron Buddha and Old Iron are freeze-dried, and more brittle teas such ...

  • What is Chinese tea? »
    中国茶 zhōng guó chá Chinese tea encompasses hundreds of different flavours and styles of tea, all grown and produced in China. A distinct culture of brewing and drinking Chinese tea, called gong fu cha has existed for thousands of years, and is still practiced widely today as a simple gesture ...

  • Where is Old Iron Charcoal Oolong from? »
    Our Old Iron Charcoal Oolong is grown and processed in Anxi County, Fujian Province. Anxi County is a mecca for oolong teas, and where two of our green oolongs are produced. Old Iron Charcoal Oolong comes from Anxi County, a small mountainous area where many of China's most famous Oolong ...

  • Other uses for tea »
    Tea is an incredibly versatile plant, and whether you drink it, or put it in your food, there's a world of things you can do with the humble tea leaf. Don't throw tea leaves away! In Britain, the mark of a tight (cheap) person is someone that reuses their teabags. ...