The Chinese Tea Company

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A smooth, malty and fruity tea, good hot and cold, with no astringency. A real revelation, like a combination of Dian Hong with more complex Chinese red teas, a tea that makes you sit up and take notice. Like eating a really rich, sweet, juicy plum with honey on the side. A delight.

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Malt, Plum

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

That sounds lovely! I have tried, but have never learned to liked “beef jerky” tea … but I always suspected there were some quality leaves under all the smoke.


Ah! Long time no post, welcome back :)


Yes, good to see you!

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Flavors: Cinnamon, Dark Wood, Molasses, Spices, Toasty

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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If you are wondering what this is, it is pure Osmanthus flowers. Golden tiny flowers that produce a greenish-golden brew, with a sweet, floral flavour. Zero caffeine, and no sweetener needed.
I wasn’t in the mood for this, so after two or three steeps I dumped the cup. Will give it another go when I’ve got more time on my hands.

Flavors: Floral, Floral, Sweet, Sweet

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Asaf Mazar

by the way there is an oolong tea named after this. I tried it a couple of years back. you can see my review of it here.

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This is the first tea I am sampling from the amazing box of black, oolong, puerh, etc that I got in my swap with Nofar.

I love Dian Hong teas. They are so rich & buttery, & this one is right on the mark. It bears a very strong resemblance to our beloved Golden Fleece, with nice thick leaves in shades of gold, olive, & caramel. The flavor is rich, from the rinse water all the way through the final steeping. Gentle, sweet, thick. What does Amber taste like? Sunlight? For awhile I get a sense of Bee Pollen. I love teas like this. The flavor of mushrooms sauteed in Mirin. The flavor of honeysuckle in a later steeping. And I keep steeping. This is what I needed.


Yay! So glad that you liked it. This is from a little tea shop in Portobello road market. They also have an online store, but the store itself is a little treasure.

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Had a lovely cup of this, this afternoon. This is a wonderful Dian Hong, silky sweet, rich, with no astringency and notes of chocolate, sugar and honey. I love the little shop it came from in Portobello and I can’t recommend it enough.

After a few days of quiet, I was woken at 6AM on a Saturday by the rocket warning sirens. They were loud and went on for a good five minutes. Dogs started barking like crazy as people left their apartments in their pyjamas and huddled for shelter in the stairwell. Not the best way to start the weekend.


Wow, I can’t imagine how frightening that would be. Take care!


I am so sorry. I pray you will be safe!

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Had a delightful, bright, golden cup of this this morning. I wish that I had more time with it, much more time, for many lazy, golden steepings. This is a thick, silky, malt/caramel/cane sugar/honey of a tea, that really begs you to let go of the daily humdrum of your life and enjoy a good book in a sunny garden chair. Fantastic!

Terri HarpLady

Sounds like a wonderful tea & a perfect way to enjoy it! :)

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Another cup of this as a pick me up before I have to go to work (again) this night. A much needed comfort cup.

The Chinese Tea Company is a small store in London, Portobello – a heartwarming little treasure nestled in a forgotten arcade, at the less fashionable side of the market. It is worth the visit, if you’re ever in the area. I have yet to order from them online, but once my teas run out, I probably will.

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This tea smells richly chocolate-like when dry, and tastes practically like a Verdant Tea Laoshan Black double, and I do not say that lightly. The leaves are long and twisted, mostly golden with shades of black and quite fuzzy. There’s no astringency to this tea, but it does have a long, sweet lingering aftertaste. Fantastic!

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