Chinese loose leaf tea, with its unique charm and thousand years of traditional history, has always been a favorite among tea enthusiasts.
In order to allow tea enthusiasts to fully appreciate the diverse styles of Chinese tea, we have carefully selected six of the best tea samplers for the year 2024. This includes tea samplers of classic tea, green tea, oolong tea, and more. Each tea sampler brings tea lovers on a wonderful journey into Chinese tea culture, allowing them to experience the flavors of best loose leaf tea.
Chinese Classic Tea Sampler
If you are no longer satisfied with bagged tea leaves and are seeking higher-quality tea, you will find Chinese loose leaf tea to be a good choice.
Chinese loose leaf tea boasts a long history and exquisite craftsmanship. Chinese tea is classified into various types, with the most basic categorization based on production techniques: green tea, white tea, yellow tea, black tea, oolong tea, and dark tea.
For tea enthusiasts newly entering the world of Chinese tea, iTeaworld's Classic Tea Sampler is a good starting point. The Classic Tea Sampler includes two beginner-friendly varieties of Chinese loose leaf tea: Chinese Loose Leaf Black Tea and Chinese Loose Leaf Oolong Tea. Whether you prefer a rich taste or a tea with a delightful aroma, there is a suitable tea for you.
iTeaworld's Classic Tea Sampler features classic Chinese loose leaf black tea varieties such as Souchong Black Tea, Wild Souchong Black Tea, Yingde Black Tea, and Yunnan Black Tea. It also includes classic Chinese loose leaf oolong tea varieties like Da Hong Pao, TieGuanYin, Minnan Shuixian, and Fenghuang Dancong.
Chinese Green Tea Sampler
Loose leaf green tea is the oldest category of Chinese loose leaf tea, and it has developed into numerous varieties over time. Just by perusing the book "Chinese Tea Classics," there are records of 153 types of green tea, though this is far from exhaustive. Among China's main tea-producing regions, green tea boasts the greatest variety and is also the most exported type of tea.
When it comes to green tea, the first impression for many is freshness. The overall characteristics of Chinese loose leaf green tea include a clear broth, green leaves, a refreshing taste, and strong astringency. Each tea variety exhibits different flavor characteristics, ranging from a delicate taste to a high aroma. There is always a tea that suits your taste.
For those looking to experience the flavor of Chinese loose leaf green tea, it's best to start with classic Chinese tea varieties. iTeaworld offers a Chinese Green Tea Sampler, including various classics such as Longjing (Dragon Well), Biluochun, Huangshan Maofeng, and Enshi Yulu.
Compared to other types of tea, the production process for green tea is relatively simple, consisting of three steps: withering, rolling, and drying. The drying process for loose leaf green tea further divides into pan-frying, oven-drying, steaming, and sun-drying. These subtle process differentiations contribute to the unique flavors of various green teas. iTeaworld's Green Tea Sampler covers green teas produced using different methods, allowing you to experience the richness of Chinese green tea in terms of both craftsmanship and flavor through a single box.
Chinese Oolong Tea Sampler
Loose leaf oolong tea originated in China, initially evolving from the green tea production method developed by tea farmers in Wuyi Mountain, Fujian Province. To experience the best flavor of oolong tea, one must try Chinese oolong tea, as some of the finest varieties are also found in China.
The development of Chinese oolong tea began in the north of Fujian province, spreading to the south of Fujian, Guangdong, and later to Taiwan. This marks the origin of the four major oolong-producing regions: northern Fujian, southern Fujian, Guangdong, and Taiwan. To fully appreciate the flavors and subtleties of oolong tea, it's essential to taste representative teas from these oolong-producing regions.
iTeaworld offers two samplers of oolong tea, including representative varieties such as Da Hong Pao from northern Fujian, TieGuanyin from southern Fujian, and Zhangping Shuixian from Guangdong. With a box of oolong tea, you can taste the unique flavors and aromas characteristic of oolong teas produced in different regions. Additionally, you can experience the distinct flavor profiles of oolong teas with varying degrees of oxidation.
For beginners in the world of tea, iTeaworld's classic Oolong Tea Sampler is an excellent choice, offering an easy entry into the realm of Chinese oolong tea at an economical price.
For seasoned tea enthusiasts, iTeaworld's new Oolong Tea Sampler is highly recommended. This tea sampler includes premium teas from the core production areas of Wuyi Mountain, such as Qidan Da Hong Pao and handcrafted TieGuanyin, deserving careful savoring.
Chinese Black Tea Sampler
Loose leaf black tea is the second-largest category of tea in China, following closely behind loose leaf green tea, and it is widely loved by many tea enthusiasts.
Loose leaf black tea is a fully oxidized tea, where most of the tea polyphenols undergo enzymatic oxidation, transforming into substances such as theaflavins and thearubigins, giving rise to its characteristic red broth and red leaves. The taste of loose leaf black tea is sweet and mellow, with a gentle nature that is friendlier to the digestive system.
If you want to explore more possibilities beyond the English-style black tea, Chinese loose leaf black tea is an excellent choice.
iTeaworld's Black Tea Sampler includes various styles of black tea: Souchong Black Tea, Wild Souchong Black Tea, Yingde Black Tea, and Yunnan Black Tea. Whether you prefer black tea with a smoky flavor, a distinctive character, a rich taste, or a high fragrance, you can find a suitable variety within this tea sampler.
Chinese Jasmine Tea Sampler
Loose leaf jasmine tea represents the floral category within Chinese loose leaf tea and is renowned as the "first fragrance on earth." It is a tea that many floral tea enthusiasts should not miss.
Jasmine tea is known for its exquisite craftsmanship. In essence, the production of jasmine tea involves using a green tea base to absorb the fragrance of fresh jasmine flowers multiple times. This process ensures that jasmine tea releases the fresh aroma of jasmine flowers when brewed. This refreshing fragrance not only invigorates the senses but also has a soothing effect on stress.
The quality of jasmine tea is determined by the number of times it absorbs the fragrance. In common production processes, jasmine tea may absorb the fragrance of fresh jasmine flowers 3 or 5 times, while top-tier jasmine tea can absorb the fragrance up to 9 times.
To fully experience the beauty of jasmine tea and discover the variety that suits you, iTeaworld's Jasmine Tea Sampler is an excellent choice. With just one box, you can explore the taste and aroma of jasmine tea produced using different techniques.
The journey of exploring iTeaworld loose leaf tea is not just a simple tea-tasting experience; it is an opportunity to delve into the world of Chinese loose leaf tea.
From classic black tea to refreshing green tea, and the uniquely flavored oolong tea, each set brings together the finest categories of Chinese tea, presenting a diverse range of flavors and aromas. We hope that our tea samplers will be a delightful companion on your journey through the world of Chinese tea, making your Chinese tea experience even more vibrant and colorful.