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Chinese Tea Flavour Guide

This chart shows popular Chinese teas organized by basic flavour characteristics. The links to the right will take you to matching products for more information and pricing.

FLOWERY

Dragon Pearl Jasmine Rich perfume fragrance and flowery taste
Tie Guan Yin (also called Gun Yam, Iron Buddha, Buddha of Mercy and Chinese Oolong) Spring Pick: Flowery fragrance and sweet taste

Fall Pick: Light fragrance and complex flowery taste

Phoenix Flower Tea Full and rich flowery taste and fragrance
Taiwan Oolong (also called High Mountain Oolong) A wonderful everyday tea - fresh, slightly fruity with a flowery fragrance and taste
White Peony Smooth, creamy and buttery green taste, slightly flowery
GREEN/GRASSY
Loong Jien (also called Dragon Well) Very fresh green taste with slightly nutty overtones
Pi Lo Chun Smooth and rich green taste
Da Hong Pao (also called Big Red Robe and Cliff Tea) - Slightly Fermented A rich and complex taste with green overtones
Young Green/Sheng Pu-erh Teas Many have a distinct smoky character combined with earth and grass
FRUITY
Golden Tips Red Unique fruity taste with a touch of peach
Taiwan Oolong (also called High Mountain Oolong) A wonderful 'everyday' tea - fresh, slightly fruity with a flowery fragrance and taste
Silver Needle Very delicate, smooth and sweet flavor with fruity tones
NUTTY
Loong Jien (also called Dragon Well) A very fresh green taste with slightly grassy and nutty overtones
White Peony Smooth, creamy and buttery green taste, slightly flowery
HONEY
Phoenix Honey Tea Rich honey aroma and taste
SMOKEY
Lapsang Souchong Rich smoky taste
Da Hong Pao (also called Big Red Robe and Cliff Tea) - Slightly Roasted Light and complex smoky taste
Aged Traditional
Charcoal Roasted
Oolong Tea
Rich and complex smoky taste
1990’s WuYi Shiu Xian
Cliff Oolong Tea
Roasted, full smoky taste
Young Green/Sheng Pu-erh Teas Many have a distinct smoky character combined with earth and grass
EARTHY
Pu-Erh Sheng (also called Bow Lay, Raw, Un-cooked, Green Health Tea

 

Pu-Erh Shou (also called Bow Lay, Cooked Tea)

Comes in sheng/raw and shou/ripe varieties, either loose leaves or compressed. Has rich, smooth and earthy tastes with complex overtones ranging from plums to dates to chocolate. Pu-Erh is stored for many years and even decades in cool, dry cellars which has a further mellowing effect and adds smoothness and complexity. Sold like vintage wine and some “vintages” are very rare and expensive.

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