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"Blossoms" Presentation Canister 2010 Dark Puerh Cake 2010 Green Puerh

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Price: $35.00
Price: $35.00
2010 Dark Puerh 2010 Green Puerh
This round canister with a see-through lid contains approximately twelve pieces (2 oz) of one of our famous "Blossom" teas set in a beautiful silk-lined holiday gift box, ready to be presented to that special someone.

You may select either: Dancing Blossoms, Valentine's Rose, or Flower of Prosperity.
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.

PREPARATION:
To prepare, break off a small piece and gently crumble it into a teapot or gaiwan. Quickly flush (cover the leaves with hot water and pour it off) and appreciate the aroma of the wet leaves. Then infuse with near-boiling water for 1-3 minutes and serve. Always adjust the quantity of leaves use, steeping temperature and time according to your personal preferences. Puerh teas are generally strong enough to be re-steeped 3 or 4 times.
Made from the same leaves as it's dark sibling, the 2010 Green Puerh has a subtle smokiness that compliments it's fruity accents.

Storage and Gift Presentation:
We offer elegant silk-lined boxes customized for Bing Cha (Puerh Cakes) for displaying and protecting your tea disc or for packaging as a gift.

PREPARATION:
To prepare, break off a small piece and gently crumble it into a teapot or gaiwan. Quickly rinse the leaves with moderately hot water and appreciate the aroma of the damp leaves. Then infuse in approximately 175-degree water for 1-3 minutes, decant into a pitcher, and serve. This tea will maintain color and flavor through multiple steepings.


2012 Harvest Imperial Yellow Tea 2014 - Imperial Lotus Heart Dragon Well - SOLD OUT - Check back in Spring 2015! 2014 Harvest Imperial Dragon Well - SOLD OUT - Check back in Spring 2015!

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Imperial Yellow Tea - 2012 Harvest Imperial Lotus Heart Dragonwell 2014 Harvest Imperial Dragon Well

For years, Roy has been looking for a suitable candidate to fill our Imperial designation in the Yellow tea category. The 2012 edition Imperial Yellow Tea satisfies all his stringent requirements to earn the Imperial designation. Beautifully and meticulously sorted leaves are contrasted with white tips and darker twisted needles. The tea offers unique fragrances and full bodied mouth-feel with complex layers of flavors. It is forgiving enough that you can brew almost any way you like to always have a good experience.

Produced by the traditional method of the "sealing yellow" procedure, the tea is withered, pan fired and rolled as in standard pan-fired green tea processes. However, before thoroughly dried, the leaves are wrapped in rough paper packets overnight and then re-fired until completely dry. This process allows the tea to be "fermented" gently by the moisture and remaining heat in the paper packets, turning the leaves into a darker shade and producing its signature deep yellow liquor. The process also helps remove some of the grassy astringency commonly found in many green teas.


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.


Brewing Imperial Yellow Tea:
Imperial Yellow Tea is  versatile and can be brewed from lower temperature to near boiling. Variation in water temperature and steeping time can result in dramatically different flavor profiles and will allow for varying numbers of infusions. Always adjust brewing temperature, steeping time and quantity of leaves used, based on your own preferences. Don't be afraid to experiment with food pairing!

Ever since the beginning of Imperial Tea Court’s Lotus Heart program back in 1993, we’ve only had one year when we felt that the harvest does not measure up to our required standards. We’ve come very close this year with the reduced harvest and the continued competition from local Chinese buyers, who will pay almost any amount for a handful of this tea. We are pleased to let you know that we have reserved a small amount of this tremendous Lotus Heart for sale, so that others besides those who signed up for our waiting list can also enjoy them.

The tea is beautifully sorted to uniform size and with a fragrance of fresh spring greens, light toasty chestnuts and just a touch of light floral notes. No matter what, the Lotus Heart never fails to impress. We suggest that you act fast if you would like to try a bit of this great tea.
The Zhejiang province produces some of the best green tea on earth. One of the most prized greens is the world renowned Dragon Well, “Long Jing”. Zhejiang province went through a rough 2013 with record heat, an extended summer, and then bitter cold and hail at the beginning of 2014. Only well managed farms were able to produce a reasonable harvest. The 2014 edition of Imperial Dragon Well is hand-picked from a reduced harvest to maintain our usual high standards. The fresh, clean and complex flavors are like Elvis’ voice, it never fails! The leaf style is beautiful and uniform in size and color. In a not-so-great year of green teas, this Dragon Well continues to be fantastic despite the difficult circumstances.

2014 Imperial Gyokuro 2014 Spring Harvest Imperial Green Asian Paradise Blend

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Imperial Gyokuro 2014 Spring Harvest Imperial Green Asian Paradise Blend
As usual, our Japanese Tea Master, Takada-San, has produced another stunning harvest for us. This renowned Japanese tea is shaded for a minimum of 20 days prior to harvest to enhance color, flavor, and nutritional value. Imperial Gyokuro comes from Uji, the region where Gyokuro's unusual and complicated growing technique was invented. Originally, this tea was so rare that it was reserved exclusively for the ruling Shogun of Japan!

The name "Gyokuro" translates to Jade Dew, highlighting its intense green color both in the leaf and in the cup. The 2014 edition of Imperial Gyokuro is a feast for eyes, nose, and palate. It presents small, deep green, needle-like leaves that deliver the its thick and chewy texture with its trademark bursts of "green" flavor. Grown in cold northern Japan, Gyokuro is fundamentally different from most modern-day Chinese green teas. Instead of offering a complex matrix of flavors and drinking experiences, Gyokuro is focused on providing an extreme - and extremely delicious - blast of jade-green color, potent fresh aroma, mouth-filling texture, and a concentrated, sweet taste.
This Imperial standard green tea once again measures up to the fantastic quality we have learned to expect year after year. This tea is always forgiving, no matter how it is brewed. The tea’s unique, sweet flavors seem to have intensified and concentrated this year. As always, it is beautifully handcrafted in "two leaf and a bud" sets. Sometimes called the "flag and spear", the description denotes the shape of the infused leaf with its two freshly opened leaves and a single, unopened bud.

Our signature Imperial Green tea is known for its bright, clear liquor and full mouth-feel with a persistent aftertaste. With its fresh springtime fragrance and soothingly sweet flavor, Imperial Green is everything an emperor could desire and a tea that few others may hope to experience. There is not much else we can say for this consistently great tea, except that it is remarkable in every sense of the word, and worthy of anyone's Imperial standard.

Due to the fluffy nature of the leaves, we recommend a minimum of 5 grams of tea per 6 oz. of water. If you are "eye-balling" the quantity of leaves to use, please brew more than you think you need to ensure correct level of flavor.

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.

Preparation:

For Asian Paradise we recommend a regular, pre-warmed teapot filled with approximately 3 grams of leaf per 8-10 oz of water. Infuse 2-3 minutes with near-boiling water and serve on its own or sweetened with honey and lemon or milk and sugar. A great blend for iced tea, too.

Autumn Herbal Potion Blossoming Tea Gift Set Chamomile Mint
Price: $48.00
Autumn Herbal Potion Blossoming Tea Gift Set Chamomile Mint

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.

Preparation:


We recommend steeping for 1-3 minutes in 185°F water. May be infused 3 or more times; you may wish to increase steeping time and/or water temperature for subsequent infusions.
Whether you're looking for a unique gift, an impressive presentation for guests, or a special treat just for you, our Blossoming Tea Gift Set is the perfect answer. The set includes one of each of our four spectacular blossoming teas, meticulously hand-tied balls of fine green tea and rare herbs and flowers that unfurl into beautiful, fragrant bouquets-in-a-cup that are as much fun to admire as they are to drink.

Also included is our 12-ounce Dancing Blossom Glass Teapot, the perfect vessel for brewing and admiring each lovely blossoming tea. A truly memorable way to enjoy tea!
One of the world's most widely consumed herbal insusions, hearty, aromatic chamomile blossoms are delightfully combined with fresh, cooling mint.

Preperation:
We recommend either a full sized teapot equiped with an infuser, or individual steeping cups. Allow approximately one teaspoon per person and infuse with near-boiling water for 2-4 minutes. Resteep 2-3 times by gradually increasing infusion time.
China White w/ Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum Blossoms Chrysanthemum Mint
China White with Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum Blossoms Chrysanthemum Mint
The smooth, distinctive taste of superior quality white tea from Fujian province is beautifully combined with the full, sweet flavor of dried chrysanthemum blossoms. An attractive and unique treat for teatime anytime.

Preperation:
China White with Chrysanthemum may be prepared in either a regular teapot or individual covered steeping cups for a more attractive presentation. In the pre-warmed vessel place 3-5 grams of tea and cover with 75-80C (167-176F) water and allow to infuse for 3-5 minutes. Re-steep by gradually increasing infusion time and water temperature.
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.

Preparation:
We recommend a steeping time 1 to 3 minutes with 90C/194F water. Chrysanthemum Blossoms may be infused 3 or more times. After the first infusion, you may wish to increase both steeping time and/or water temperature, a few blossoms would be enough per 8 oz of water.
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.

Preparation:
We recommend steeping for 1-3 minutes with 90C/194°F water. Chrysanthemum Mint Tea may be infused 3 or more times. After the first infusion, you may wish to increase steeping time and/or water temperature.
Dancing Blossoms Dragon Well Earl Grey

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Dancing Blossoms Dragon Well Earl Grey
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.

Preparation:
We recommend infusion with near boiling water until the flower opens. Dancing Blossoms may be infused several more times. After the first infusion, you may wish to increase both steeping time and/or water temperature.

High grown in Zhejiang province, our 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!

PREPARATION:
Superior Dragon Well tea is suited to preparation in either a traditional steeping cup or regular teapot. Allow about one teaspoon of leaves per person and infuse 1-2 minutes with water no hotter than 70C (158F). Dragon Well may be re-steeped several times.
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.

PREPARATION:

For best Earl Grey brewing, we recommend a regular, pre-warmed teapot filled with approximately one teaspoon of leaf per cup. Infuse 3-5 minutes with near-boiling water and serve, adjust steeping time according to strength desire.
Everyday Jasmine Everyday Oolong Tea Everyday Tie Guan Yin Tea
Everyday Jasmine Everyday Tie Guan Yin Green Tea
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.

Preparation:
We recommend a steeping time 1 to 3 minutes with 90C/194F water. Everyday Jasmine may be infused 3 or more times. After the first infusion, you may wish to increase both steeping time and/or water temperature.
We are expending our everyday tea category by adding some great value tea for everyday drinking. If you drink a lot of Oolong and Tie Guan Yin, this is an opportunity to order a bit more and save!

Everyday Oolong: A mid-level oxidized and lightly fired Oolong that hits the right spot in terms of taste and budget. - $25/lb
We are expending our everyday tea category by adding some great value tea for everyday drinking. If you drink a lot of Oolong and Tie Guan Yin, this is an opportunity to order a bit more and save!

Everyday Tie Guan Yin: Harvested from the Anxi County in China's Fujian province, this is a traditional Tie Guan Yin with mid-level oxidation and mid-temperature firing. Easy to brew and exceptionally priced. -- $25/lb
Everyday White Everyday White - 1 lb. (454g) = $80.00 Everyday White - 1/2 lb. (226g) = $40.00
Price: $80.00
Price: $40.00
Everyday White Everyday White Everyday White
Fans of our tea shop may recognize this popular white from years past. We are returning it from our vaults in time for its sweet, youthful flavor to remind you that no matter how gloomy the winter may grow, you can always brew springtime in a teacup, and that you can enjoy it affordably “everyday.”

Grown in China’s Fujian province, this versatile and forgiving white is harvested during the first flush of the year. It is produced by the traditional method of sun-drying, which preserves many visual and aromatic elements of the living plant, and creates a tea that is both pure and satisfying. The infant buds are still furred with silver hairs, or “mao,” which indicate youthful, spring harvested leaves. If you look closely, you will notice that even the undersides of the largest leaves in this set are downy with mao. The result is a pleasantly creamy texture on the tongue, and a smooth finish. The infusion is delicately golden in color, and features a delightful full-mouth sweetness, with suggestions of honeysuckle, wheat grass, and notes of peach.

Preparation:
Everyday White may be prepared in a standard teapot, or in your favorite mug or lidded giawan. For best results, we recommend that you pre-warm your vessel, and place 3 to 4 grams of leaf per 8 oz of liquid, before infusing with near boiling water for 1-3 minutes. Experimenting with your own temperatures and steeping times is encouraged, especially with such a forgiving tea. Cooler temperatures and shorter times yield more mellow, fruity elements, while hotter water and longer times produce more floral and full-bodied complexities. Always use the best-tasting water you can find, and adjust steeping times, quantity of leaves, and water temperature to your personal preferences.

Fans of our tea shop may recognize this popular white from years past. We are returning it from our vaults in time for its sweet, youthful flavor to remind you that no matter how gloomy the winter may grow, you can always brew springtime in a teacup, and that you can enjoy it affordably “everyday.”

Grown in China’s Fujian province, this versatile and forgiving white is harvested during the first flush of the year. It is produced by the traditional method of sun-drying, which preserves many visual and aromatic elements of the living plant, and creates a tea that is both pure and satisfying. The infant buds are still furred with silver hairs, or “mao,” which indicate youthful, spring harvested leaves. If you look closely, you will notice that even the undersides of the largest leaves in this set are downy with mao. The result is a pleasantly creamy texture on the tongue, and a smooth finish. The infusion is delicately golden in color, and features a delightful full-mouth sweetness, with suggestions of honeysuckle, wheat grass, and notes of peach.

Preparation:
Everyday White may be prepared in a standard teapot, or in your favorite mug or lidded giawan. For best results, we recommend that you pre-warm your vessel, and place 3 to 4 grams of leaf per 8 oz of liquid, before infusing with near boiling water for 1-3 minutes. Experimenting with your own temperatures and steeping times is encouraged, especially with such a forgiving tea. Cooler temperatures and shorter times yield more mellow, fruity elements, while hotter water and longer times produce more floral and full-bodied complexities. Always use the best-tasting water you can find, and adjust steeping times, quantity of leaves, and water temperature to your personal preferences.

Fans of our tea shop may recognize this popular white from years past. We are returning it from our vaults in time for its sweet, youthful flavor to remind you that no matter how gloomy the winter may grow, you can always brew springtime in a teacup, and that you can enjoy it affordably “everyday.”

Grown in China’s Fujian province, this versatile and forgiving white is harvested during the first flush of the year. It is produced by the traditional method of sun-drying, which preserves many visual and aromatic elements of the living plant, and creates a tea that is both pure and satisfying. The infant buds are still furred with silver hairs, or “mao,” which indicate youthful, spring harvested leaves. If you look closely, you will notice that even the undersides of the largest leaves in this set are downy with mao. The result is a pleasantly creamy texture on the tongue, and a smooth finish. The infusion is delicately golden in color, and features a delightful full-mouth sweetness, with suggestions of honeysuckle, wheat grass, and notes of peach.

Preparation:
Everyday White may be prepared in a standard teapot, or in your favorite mug or lidded giawan. For best results, we recommend that you pre-warm your vessel, and place 3 to 4 grams of leaf per 8 oz of liquid, before infusing with near boiling water for 1-3 minutes. Experimenting with your own temperatures and steeping times is encouraged, especially with such a forgiving tea. Cooler temperatures and shorter times yield more mellow, fruity elements, while hotter water and longer times produce more floral and full-bodied complexities. Always use the best-tasting water you can find, and adjust steeping times, quantity of leaves, and water temperature to your personal preferences.

Everyday White - 1/4 lb. (113g) = $20.00 Fancy Tieguanyin Flower of Prosperity
Price: $20.00
Everyday White Fancy Tieguanyin Flower of Prosperity
Fans of our tea shop may recognize this popular white from years past. We are returning it from our vaults in time for its sweet, youthful flavor to remind you that no matter how gloomy the winter may grow, you can always brew springtime in a teacup, and that you can enjoy it affordably “everyday.”

Grown in China’s Fujian province, this versatile and forgiving white is harvested during the first flush of the year. It is produced by the traditional method of sun-drying, which preserves many visual and aromatic elements of the living plant, and creates a tea that is both pure and satisfying. The infant buds are still furred with silver hairs, or “mao,” which indicate youthful, spring harvested leaves. If you look closely, you will notice that even the undersides of the largest leaves in this set are downy with mao. The result is a pleasantly creamy texture on the tongue, and a smooth finish. The infusion is delicately golden in color, and features a delightful full-mouth sweetness, with suggestions of honeysuckle, wheat grass, and notes of peach.

Preparation:
Everyday White may be prepared in a standard teapot, or in your favorite mug or lidded giawan. For best results, we recommend that you pre-warm your vessel, and place 3 to 4 grams of leaf per 8 oz of liquid, before infusing with near boiling water for 1-3 minutes. Experimenting with your own temperatures and steeping times is encouraged, especially with such a forgiving tea. Cooler temperatures and shorter times yield more mellow, fruity elements, while hotter water and longer times produce more floral and full-bodied complexities. Always use the best-tasting water you can find, and adjust steeping times, quantity of leaves, and water temperature to your personal preferences.

The large, bold leaves, and rich, roasted, slightly nutty flavor of this excellent oolong make it a good introduction to Imperial Tea Court's world famous collection of Tieguanyin teas.

PREPARATION:
We recommend infusing Fancy Tieguanyin with 85-95C (185-203F) water for approximately 2 to 4 minutes (using about 1 tsp. per serving). Re-steep 3-4 times by increasing time and water temperaturefor each infusion. For more information, please visit our on-line tea classroom.
Gold and red are the colors of good fortune and prosperity, respectively. This exquisitely hand-tied green tea reveals a string of gold and red blossoms when brewed. A feast for the eye as well as the palate, and the perfect gift.

PREPARATION:
We recommend brewing in one of our glass teapots to appreciate the opening of the flower. Infuse with near boiling water until the flowers are revealed. Flower of Prosperity may be infused several times. After the first infusion, you may wish to increase both steeping time and/or water temperature.
Formosa Bai Hao Oolong Four Seasons Superior Green Oolong Four Treasures

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Formosa Bai Hao Oolong Superior Green Oolong Four Treasures


Since first exported to the West in 1869, Formosa Oolong is what Taiwan's Bai Hao was called for over a century before the names "Taiwan" or "Bai Hao" were ever heard of in the West. Taiwan's classic "Formosa Oolong," which is often marketed as "Oriental Beauty" or "Champagne Oolong" today, has always deserved its fame. It is flamboyantly aromatic, in taste and perfume often reminiscent of ripe peaches but in any case more deliciously fruity than any other tea you will find.

Traditionally defined by a crisp, open bold leaf, mostly reddish-brown, the very best and rarest may be distinguished by silver tips and edges on some of the leaf. The varied leaf colors result from high oxidation and the silver tips result from prized insects that may occasionally bless portions of a garden with an infestation. Our Bai Hao (White Tip) Oolong has all the traditional reddish liquor, notes of flowers and honey, and deep, rich flavors with no hint of bitterness. No peaks, no bites--just the pure pleasure of a superb example of one of the world most extraordinary teas.

PREPARATION:

Imperial Bai Hao Oolong may be prepared in many ways, including regular teapot, individual gaiwans or gongfu style. We recommend near boiling water and an infusion time of 2 to 3 minutes for full intensity. May be re-steeped several times by gradually increasing time and temperature.


A superior lightly oxidized green oolong tea from Taiwan - whose famous high mountain gardens provide the perfect environment in which to cultivate its large, distinctively fragrant leaves. Under hot water they unfurl to produce a delicate infusion whose smooth, well-rounded flavor is uniquely sweet and floral, with a refreshing, long-lasting aftertaste. A sophisticated tea priced for everyday drinking.

Now Available in "silk" Pyramid Teabags!

PREPARATION:

Superior Green Oolong is a versatile tea which may be prepared in many ways. Allow approximately 3-5 grams of leaf per Gaiwan and near boiling water with an infusion time of 2 to 3 minutes. Re-steep several times, gradually increasing infusion time and temperature to taste.

Teabag steeping suggestion:

Simply put one "silk" tea bag into your favorite cup and infuse with appropriate temperature water and enjoy. Since these teabags are made of high quality teas, multiple infusions are suggested, adjust each subsequent infusion to taste.
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.

Preperation:
To prepare Four Treasures we recommend either a full sized teapot equiped with an infuser, or individual steeping cups. Allow approximately one teaspoon per person and infuse with near-boiling water for 2-4 minutes. Resteep 2-3 times by gradually increasing infusion time.