Fresh Loose Leaf Green Tea

The least oxidized of teas, green varietals offer flavors ranging from vegetal and cream-like to toasty, nutty, naturally sweet, and clean. China produces the greatest varieties of specialty green teas in a season that runs from March through May. Green teas will vary in name, appearance, and taste from province to province and region to region. Known for their fresh flavors, the wonderfully diverse tastes of greens are shaped by the traditions of the area, soil and weather conditions, the timing of the harvest, the plucking standard, and processing of the leaves.

Once plucked and in the tea maker's hands, various methods are used for shaping the leaves - rolled, pan flattened, torn - to name only a few. Then the leaves are "fired" - a method whereby the leaves are heated, drying the leaf and stopping the oxidization process and preserving the rich colors we have come to enjoy. Firing can be accomplished by drying leaves in the sun, baking in ovens, steaming and/or working in a heated pan or wok, all of which result in partially roasted and fully roasted leaves. Each of the above steps will, in turn, create a distinct aroma and taste. 

In selecting our teas, we look at the color of the leaf, its shape and aroma, then we taste. These steps are applied for every tea we consider for purchase. In China, there is a standard or quality each tea is crafted to meet. While these standards vary widely, a buyer should have a standard in mind and ready to apply. At Silk Road, we adhere to the Chinese standard that the first pluckings of spring, the early harvest greens, offer the most nuanced and finest teas. A number of the teas we select are varieties not generally produced for export. They are consumed locally or in the domestic market. Produced in smaller quantities, these teas tend to have a greater depth or strength and originality in their taste.   

Sourced from travels in Fujian, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces and, selectively, Yunnan Province, each green leaf captures a time in spring and flavors to be enjoyed in all seasons.  

  •  Green Monkey King - Tai Ping Hou Kui

    Green Monkey King - Tai Ping Hou Kui

    Perhaps no other tea embodies the artistry of China's teas than the famous Tai Ping Hou Kui (TPHK). A first grade leaf, our Green Monkey King, grows on a spring-fed farm at an elevation of 800 meters in the Huang Shan Mountains. At night,...
    First grade, orchid aroma, big leaves, sweet flavors.

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    Anji White - AnJi Bai

    Each harvest season this rare tea offers a special flavor experience. It is rich in amino acids, creating a rich umami flavor unusual for a Chinese green. In the 1980s, in a bamboo forest above the Huang Pu River in the mountains of Zhejiang Province,...
    Silky smooth mouth feel, rich "umami" flavor

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    Buddhist Tea - Fo Cha

    In the sixth and seventh centuries, tea drinking became increasingly popular with Buddhist monks as they recognized the green leaf as a means of clearing the mind and providing stimulation to allow for longer sessions of meditation. The monks realized...
    A wonderful green tea, basket roasted, clean, savory & vegetal sweet. 

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    Citron Green

    Our Iced Citron Green is a potpourri of tea and organic herbs. Two fresh green teas join with a tasty Rooibos, a hint of Jasmine, then touches of orange, Linden and Lavender - all blended to create a naturally sweet and soothing taste...
    Fresh & invigorating.

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    Downy Tip - Mao Jian

    Our Downy Tip was grown on an island off the coast of Hangzhou, in the Zhou Shan Island complex. An early spring favorite, this cultivar is one of the first teas to make the marketplace at the onset of the harvest. Lot Notes. Organically grown and...
    Richly vegetal, and chestnuts

  • Dragon Well "Jiukeng" - Long Jing

    Dragon Well "Jiukeng" - Long Jing

    Literally translates to Dove's Nest. This is a style of Dragon Well rarely found in the U.S. Elegant in appearance, offering an exquisite aroma, this Lung Ching cultivar is noticeably smaller in leaf than the more widely known Dragon Wells of Hangzhou...
    A comparatively rare, elegant, smaller-leaf Dragon Well

  • Dragon Well - Long Jing

    Dragon Well - Long Jing

    Dragon Well, in all its various grades, is known for 4 characteristics: a jade-like color, vegetative aroma, chestnut-like flavor and a feather-like shape. It is perhaps the best known of the Chinese teas. Our Lung Ching is a standard grade showing fresh...
    Clean vegetal flavor, toasty, naturally sweet notes

  • Dragon Well - Long Jing - First Grade

    Dragon Well - Long Jing - First Grade

    Our first grade Dragon Well is harvested in the "before the rain" period of April. In our search for this prized tea, we apply 3 criteria: consistency in leaf size, shape, and coloration; aroma - fresh and vegetal; taste...
    Enlivening vegetal & nutty flavors

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    Dragon Well - Long Jing - Organic

    Dragon Well, Long Jing, has a rich and long history of cultivation and may well be the most famous tea in the world. Highest grade lots are plucked early in the spring with much anticipation among lovers of tea. Its exquisite taste highlights why it is...
    Taste is fresh, offers sweet, nutty, chestnut-like notes

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    Dragon Well Organic Sachets

    Underscoring our endeavor to offer the very best tasting cup of tea, we selected a high-grade, organic Dragon Well leaf from Zhejiang Province for our teabag.  The lot we chose offers golden-green leaves, with soft, vegetal aromas and toasty notes...

  • Emerald Green - Cui Ya

    Emerald Green - Cui Ya

    One of our favorite teas - Emerald Green brings a wealth of aroma and flavor to the palate. A yellow tea, "Cui Ya", is cultivated in the Huang Shan Mountains of Anhui Province. These jagged, high mountains are cut with abundant, rushing streams and...
    Sweet, lush & clean, distinctive flowery notes

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    Empress Green - Lu Huanghou

    There is a class of teas harvested early in the spring & processed to local customs of appearance, flavor, and aroma. Typically made in small lots and rarely exported, these teas are often exceptional and offer a window into the great...
    "Fresh tea", strong, nuanced and refreshing

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    Fried Fragrance No. 1

    In the tradition of crafting early-spring, high-grade leaves in small lots for the local market, Fried Fragrance is a good result. The farm's cultivar, Mei Zhan, was harvested in early April, withered, shaped then pan-fired at a comparatively high...
    Strong leaf flavors, clean, hint of vanilla & spring flowers.
  • Genmaicha


    Known as "brown rice tea" - Genmaicha is a Japanese specialty tea and is perhaps the most popular of all of the tea offerings from Japan. Lot Notes A traditional blend combining all of the ingredients and resulting flavors that make this...
    Refreshing, crisp & savory flavors.

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    Genmaicha Organic Sachets

    Fresh organic Sencha green tea and roasted rice create a golden infusion with a toasty aroma and nutty flavors.  A traditional blend, refreshing beverage and excellent with food. The leaves have been milled minimally to preserve the natural...
    Toasty aroma, savory, nutty flavors

  • Green Fragrance - Lu Se Xiang Wei

    Green Fragrance - Lu Se Xiang Wei

    FuAn area farms are widely recognized for the quality of their cultivars, particularly the famous Da Bai. A mountainous area along the coast of the China Sea, FuAn offers a terroir ideal for developing nuanced, rich tasting teas. In the last few years,...
    Bright, fresh, enlivening
  • Green Mist - Quing Wu

    Green Mist - Quing Wu

    Green Mist, Qing Wu, is our proprietary blend of 3 pan fired, spring-pick green teas.  Selected for their respective flavors and curled leaf shapes, our Mist offers a naturally vegetal and herbaceous cup. You will note a bit of tension between the...
    A lively, refreshing green.

  • Green Peony - Lu Mu Dan

    Green Peony - Lu Mu Dan

    This unique and beautiful tea is handmade by artisans who select the finest large buds and tie them with silk thread to form its lovely green peony flower shape. Tea is often used in seasonal celebrations.  Lot Notes. A rich-tasting green...
    Opens to a green peony flower, robust flavors
  • Green Snail Spring - Bi Luo Chun

    Green Snail Spring - Bi Luo Chun

    A vegetal sweet flavor green tea that comes out early in the harvest. This lot is pre-Qing Ming - picked in the first days of April. The leaf is a crisp green color, lightly curled and sprinkled with white buds. This is our select or...
    Fresh vegetally sweet, soft fruit flavor.

  • Green Snail Spring - Bi Luo Chun - First Grade

    Green Snail Spring - Bi Luo Chun - First Grade

    Bi Luo Chun - Green Snail Spring - embodies much of what is wonderful about the spring tea harvest. Perhaps no green tea cups to the rich flavors of the season as this one. Ours is a first-grade leaf harvested in a pluck in the first week of April before...
    Flavors - asparagus, chestnut, hints of peach