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Our Popular Green Teas – Light, Delicate and Refreshing Favourites

Loved for their delicate, refreshing flavours and soothing aromas, and renowned for their health benefits, green teas are a favourite for tea-lovers around the world, offering a remarkably diverse range of tastes and characteristics.

The production of green tea is most common in Japan and China and, unlike other tea types, it undergoes an additional early drying stage during production, which halts oxidisation and works to preserve the lovely green and leafy appearance of the tea leaves, while also inhibiting the development of caffeine and increasing the antioxidant level. For these reasons, and because the leaves retain a lot of their original chemical structure during production, green teas are often seen as being a particularly healthy variety.

This process, sometimes known as ‘killing the green’ or ‘fixing’, is usually done by pan-firing or steaming the leaves, before they are rolled and shaped. Pan-firing involves turning the tea leaves on large heated metal drums, while steaming requires that leaves a passed through a steam chamber for 30-120 seconds. Both of these additional drying methods will add interesting aromas and unique flavours to the green teas, with pan-firing in particular often imparting roasted flavour notes, and steaming bringing out grassy flavours.

Our Popular Green Teas

Jasmine Blossom Green Tea - From £9.99
Jasmine tea is arguably the most famous scented tea in China and is known for its perfumed and floral aromas. Jasmine tea is made in two steps: a ‘base tea’ is first created, before the fragrant jasmine blossoms are added to make the finished tea, through a process known as hongqing.
In Fujian, this jasmine base tea (known as zao) is made from leaf freshly plucked during the spring season, which is then rolled after de-enzyming has taken place. The leaf is then dried, using indirect rather than direct heat, causing the leaves to curl and leaving more surface area exposed, thereby increasing the absorption of the scent of jasmine once the blossoms are introduced.

Japan Sencha Green Tea – From £13.99
This classic green tea is delicate and well-rounded, offering lovely grassy notes, a hint of bitterness and a smooth finish, and is ideal to be enjoyed all through the day.
Sencha tea is rich in antioxidants, which may help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, and contains compounds that have been shown to promote heart health and boost the immune system.

Vanilla Green Tea – From £10.99
Made from Chinese gunpowder tea that has been delicately scented with vanilla, this is sweet and creamy, with a subtle caramel character.
Produced in the Zhejiang Province of China, gunpowder tea is prepared by rolling the leaves into small pellets, at which point they are withered, steamed, rolled and dried. The resulting tea is beautifully golden in colour and packed full of flavours.

Earl Grey Green Tea – From £9.99
Made with a blend of high-quality green tea leaves and oil extracted from the rind of the fragrant bergamot orange, this unique, vibrant and refreshing tea combines the natural freshness of green tea with the bright and zesty flavour of bergamot.
Bergamot is a cross between a lemon, lime and a bitter orange and is green or yellow in colour. Grown commercially in Calabria, Italy, the taste of bergamot is quite acidic, but complements the full-bodied flavour of green tea perfectly.

Rose Green Tea – From £10.99
Delicately scented with rose, this China Gunpowder tea is layered with rose petals and reveals a wonderful rose aroma, making a great base for iced tea.
Also known as Chinese Temple Tea, gunpowder tea reveals a slightly smoky flavour and a lovely, yellow-green colour. Picked during spring and early summer, the dried, withered leaves, which resemble gunpowder in appearance, slowly unfurl when they are brewed, releasing their flavour and wonderful aroma.