Loose Black China Tea

Loose Black China Tea: Yunnan, Lapsang Souchong & Keemun.

Loose black China tea made by hand is recognised as amongst the world’s finest teas. Tea is grown in eighteen Chinese provinces, the most important being in the south east of the country such as Anhui, famed for its keemuns. Yunnan is a temperate province acknowledged for its distinctive tea. Fujian Province is famous for its Lapsang Souchong. Other provinces famed for their black china teas are Anhui, Hunan and Sichuan. China has the world’s longest tea producing history. Tea has been cultivated there for over two thousand years. ‘Tea’ is derived from the Chinese ‘Cha’ from which the Indian ‘Chai’ also originates. The East India Company first brought Black China tea to England from Canton in 1684.
In China black teas are produced by oxidisation of the withered leaves, originally developed to prolong the life of tea intended for export to the West. Chinese black teas are generally low in tannin and are therefore ideal afternoon and evening teas. Yunnan, known as the ‘mocha of tea’ is produced in the high plateau of south west China. This is one of the few Chinese teas that should be drunk with milk. Keemun is from Anhui province, around the mountain of Huang Shan and is the most famous Black China tea. It is known as the ‘Burgundy of teas’ and was Britain’s favourite tea in the 18th century. This is a remote area of rocky peaks, ancient pine trees, clear mountain springs and swirling mists a ‘sea of clouds’ creating a humidity so special for growing their unique teas. Some extremely rare and expensive Chinese teas are produced in the mountainous regions of Sichuan (Szechwan) and Jiangsu. Fujian Province is renowned for its distinctive Lapsang Souchong teas in which larger leaves, souchong, are smoked over pinewood fires to give an attractive tarry taste which many China Black tea drinkers adore.

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Feedback has been compiled from 71 customer reviews

DateProductScoreCustomer Comment

Keemun Peony

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I have purchased tea from greys many times. This time i was charged first clas postage.£4.50. why ? this was not requested. ALTHOUGH THIS WAS REPORTED AT THE TIME NO ANSWER HAS YET BEEN RECIEVED. I WANT MY £4.50 BACK. INCEDENTLY 1ST CLASS STILL TOOK 7 DAYS.

NOW WE WII FIND OUT IF THIS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION WORKS.

Antony Woollard order no 11469


On 17-May-2017 the supplier responded:
Dear Mr Woollard, we have received no email or telephone call from you. 1st Class post was the default shipping chosen but we are trying to rectify this setting error. The £4.50 charge has been refunded. Your order was delayed whilst we awaited additional stock. An 'on-hold' email was sent.

Yunnan China black tea Superior

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Service rating : We were a little disappointed that we could not get the cheaper version of Yunnan we had ordered in the past, but as Greys gave us a loyalty discount of £6 and free delivery we were quite happy with the result.
Product : I love Yunnan tea, and Greys are the only regular suppliers we have found for this. /Thank you

China Keemun Peony tea

  • Customer also bought: .... :
  • Tie Guan Yin oolong
  • Ceylon White Tea Oodoowerre Silver Needle
  • Darjeeling Castleton tea
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Product:nyt

As usual, the tea arrived quickly, in a lovely pizza-style box, inside which are the wonderful 3-layer tea bags (paper, aluminium foil & mylar). BTW I HATE it when the website questions my spelling of aluminium. This is the ****** UK, twerps!
But to continue.
The Ti Kuan Yin (Tie Guan Yin, fooh!) is superb, a hearty greenish oolong. The Darj. is a repeat purchase, well-known on my shelf. The Keemun I haven't tasted for decades, & am looking forward to renewing my acquaintance. And the Oodoowerre... I am keenly anticipating this.
I shall report on the Greys webite in due course.

Lapsang Souchong Osprey

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Product:nyt

I know that their teas are good but I haven't yet received my purchase.


On 11-Jan-2017 the supplier responded:
Your order was dispatched the first working day after your order by 2nd class post as requested. Immediately after New Year Royal Mail can still be clearing a back-log of post but I am concerned that it has still not arrived.

China Keemun Peony tea

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Service rating : Prompt service. Well presented packaging.
Product : Elegant interesting tea. A bit more exotic than most Indian and Ceylon teas. Preferred this to the more expensive Mao Feng.

Keemun Hao Ya B

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Service rating : Easy web site to use, excellent choice of products. Very quick delivery of purchase too.
Product : Great flavoursome tea. Not the cheapest, but well worth the price. Will purchase again.

Keemun Mao Feng China black tea

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Product:+

Service rating : Tea arrived quickly and was well packed - Naturally the tea itself tastes just great
Product : Nice but will never rival Russian Caravan

Keemun Hao Ya A China black tea

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  • Darjeeling Castleton First Flush 2016
  • Earl Grey tea blend
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Product:++

Good

Yunnan Superior China black tea

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Product:nyt

A wide range of teas with useful descriptions.
Nicely packaged.
Prompt delivery.