GREEN TEA

All traditional tea starts out looking green. Every type of tea we can make is produced from the same raw material, the leaves of the evergreen plant, Camellia Sinensis. What creates the difference between the types is oxidation. 'Black' tea is fully oxidised, 'oolong' and 'white' tea is part-oxidised, with green tea not being oxidised at all. It is possible to have black, green and oolong teas all made with leaves from the same tea bushes.

Green tea can be produced anywhere that tea grows but the best is from China, Japan and Taiwan, with some noticeable exceptions from Korea and Vietnam. We offer a selection including some of the 'Famous Ten' from China, ceremonial teas from Japan but all chosen primarily for the quality of their flavour. 

To find out more about the differences between Chinese and Japanese teas, please use the relevant menus.

  1. As low as £16.00
    Our Gabalong is made with high-quality green tea to guarantee maximum GABA content, twice the requirement to be classified as such a tea. This batch has a mild, almost creamy character with a distinctive, natural mango fragrance. Made from tea leaves picked and processed into green tea on Ali Shan, or 'Ancestor Mountain' as it is known. Proven to lower blood pressure it should not be drunk by those with a clinical diagnosis of low blood pressure.
  2. As low as £17.00
    Grown in a remote mountain area near the Bamboo forest featured in the film 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', this is currently the most sought after tea in China, where most of it is kept because it is considered to be unique. It is grown from cuttings of one of the only four surviving giant white tea trees. Whilst it is a 'White' tea it is processed as a green tea. This gives it a deeper flavour than Yin Zhen for example. The leaf looks slim and feather like with an almost white colour just prior to picking in the spring. This is expressed as the distinctive pale yellow-green in the dry leaf, not the more usual green seen in most green teas and in lower grades of Anji. It has a wonderful fragrance and pale lemon, crystal clear liquor. We buy the finest grade, which has more amino acids than other green teas and the best flavour we have experienced in any green or white tea.
  3. As low as £12.00
    This unusual roasted leaf is sometimes known as 'Twig' tea. It starts out life as a green tea but the roasting gives it a very different, smooth, toasted, nutty, slightly caramel-like flavour. It is slow roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal. It is lower in caffeine than most teas and believed to have a higher iron content.
  4. As low as £8.00
    The many alleged health benefits of drinking high-quality green teas are well documented. This Sencha tea also offers benefits to maintaining beautiful, healthy skin. This is due to the high levels of chlorophyll peculiar to Sencha green tea and the fact that it is scented with mandarin and rose oil. This delicious tea offers beauty from within and you might even make a fragrant face mask from the brewed leaves!
  5. As low as £17.00
    A new, deliciously sweet-flavoured green tea made by hand in beautiful Sansia, Taiwan. A real rarity but more highly valued for its qualities in the cup. It is full of tea pleasure, the infusion is honey green colour, its taste is fresh, sweet, creamy, natural with hints of ripe mango. For those looking for a high-quality green tea with lots of goodness, it is time to try our newest arrival.
  6. As low as £21.00
    This flowering tea is composed of blue butterfly flowers, which slowly turn the infusion a green-blue as the green tea leaves unfurl to reveal jasmine and butterfly blossoms amidst the green tea bouquet. They were created originally as a tribute to the great mountains where the tea gardens are found and are made with great skill and care by hand. The real dried flowers reveal themselves dramatically and gracefully when infused. They are also known as 'Blooming', 'Artistic' and 'Display' teas. Ours are made using the highest grade of silvery buds.
  7. As low as £15.00
    In addition to Fog Island Japanese Sencha and Chinese Pu Erh teas, which are currently being exposed to much ado in the press regarding their alleged benefits to weight loss, I have added my favourite, and I believe healthiest of teas, Gabalong 'Blue' Oolong. With the final addition of our Tea of Life White Tea for good measure, if there is anything in the health aspect of tea, we should have it covered here! The tea flavour is a mellow mix, with the distinctive note of caramel and vanilla of the Gabalong tea in the foreground. The delicate notes of the Sencha, whilst somewhat subdued by the other teas, adds a fresh edge to the cup, with the more earthy tones of the Pu Erh adding weight and body.
  8. As low as £8.00
    So-called because of the leaves resemblance to the ideal of the beautiful eyebrow shape in classical China. This is the highest grade produced and is from the original production area in the Jiangsu province of China near the Yangtze river. It has a fresh plum-like flavour, a tangy sweetness, and a rich, toasty aftertaste.
  9. As low as £17.00
    This tea is exceptional and exclusive. Made solely of buds from century-old tea trees in northern Vietnam, which are harvested by hand at an altitude of 2500m. The buds are spread on the ground to dry naturally in the sun, and slightly roasted and processed by tea master, Mr Menh. The infusion has fruity notes of lychee, apple, rose, blackcurrant leaf, the liquor is silky and sweet with an exquisite floral fragrance. The fat buds really do resemble a dragon’s scales!
  10. As low as £7.00
    The fresh green tea flavour is balanced by the fragrant, zest of pure bergamot oil.
  11. As low as £13.00
    This very high-quality tea is grown in the volcanic soil on the island Kyushu in an area called Kirishima which means island of fog. It has a lustrous green leaf, rich fragrance and sweet, almost umami flavour. It is one of, if not the most distinctive of all Japanese Sencha teas and whilst not cheap I believe it offers the same quality as teas four times its price. Super high in antioxidants.
  12. As low as £14.00
    A blend of finest Fog Island Sencha and rose petals, scented with mandarin and rose oils, a blend believed to maintain beautiful skin from within. This is due to the high levels of chlorophyll and the fact that it is scented with mandarin and rose oil. The tea itself has a rich fragrance and sweet flavour, complemented by the sweet, zesty character of mandarin and the complex fragrance of rose oil.
  13. As low as £10.00
    This speciality is made from Bancha tea, to which approximately 50 percent roasted or popped rice grains have been added. The incomparable taste is characterized by the mildness of the Bancha tea and is ideally complemented by the pleasant, slightly sweet and nutty, caramel note.
  14. As low as £6.00
    Perhaps the most famous of China's green teas due to its evocative appearance! Ours is the finest grade and when infused unfurls into large, tender tea leaves. It is known as Special Temple of Heaven. It gives a healthy and refreshing brew. The infusion is mild with subtle hints of smokiness.
  15. As low as £40.00
    Kimi Ga Yo, known as 'Ruler of the World', is arguably Japan's very best Gyokuro tea. The tea bushes from which Gyokuro is made are shaded for a month before picking. This has the effect of increasing the Chlorophyll levels in the tea and gives Gyokuro its distinctive character. It has fine, feathery leaves of an emerald green hue. It has an intense flavour and beautiful, lemon green infusion. The tea is so full of essential tea oils that the infusion is cloudy, as the oils emulsify in the water.
  16. As low as £17.00
    This tea, Takeru from a garden of Kirishima, is one of Japan's very best Gyokuro teas. The tea bushes from which Gyokuro is made are shaded for a month before picking. This has the effect of increasing the Chlorophyll levels in the tea and gives Gyokuro its distinctive character. It is an organically produced tea, which is very rare in Japan. It has fine, feathery leaves of an emerald green hue. It has a rich, sweet, velvety infusion and beautiful, lemon green colour. The tea is so full of essential tea oils that the infusion is cloudy, as the oils emulsify in the water.