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Our Loose Leaf Teas & Tisanes

Our Loose Leaf Teas & Tisanes

Our philosophy is to select and purchase only the highest quality whole leaf teas from tea gardens and tea importers located around the world, and we are pleased to offer our customers an expansive list of over 80 estate grown specialty black, pu-erh, oolong, green, yellow, white, organic, decaffeinated, blooming, herbal and fruit teas, including our famous smoky Formosan Lapsang Souchong tea, Hu-Kwa. In addition, several of our offerings are custom tea blends that have been hand crafted for decades.


Our Loose Leaf Teas & Tisanes

HU-KWA, Our Signature Tea

The  Tea Connoisseur's Formosan Lapsang Souchong Tea

One of Mr. Wendell’s first teas, HU-KWA is a uniquely crafted black tea from the island of Formosa and is considered by many tea connoisseurs to be the benchmark against which all other Lapsang Souchong style teas are measured. Offered by the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company for over a century, HU-KWA tea gains its distinctive flavor and smoky tang from the burning pine wood over which it is fired during the final drying process of the tea leaf. Distinctive with its smoky flavor and aroma, the dry leaves have an almost amber-brown coloration. When brewed, HU-KWA tea produces a deep red liquor and a surprisingly mellow cup. Since this tea is cultivated in varying terroir from the smoky Lapsang Souchong teas commonly produced in mainland China, it has a taste and character all its own. HU-KWA is a one of a kind tea that you will not forget! 

Over the decades, we have had many famous and influential tea enthusiasts enjoy our special Hu-Kwa Tea. These tea lovers include: Julia Child, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andy Warhol and Henry Francis duPont.

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Black Teas

Welcome to our Black Tea Selections

To produce black tea, the tea leaves are plucked by hand and then left out in the sun until they are pliable enough to be rolled without the leaf splitting. The leaves are then put into a mechanical tumbler and rolled. This process causes the leaves juices to react with the air and then oxidize. The green leaves turn black and are then fired in huge drying ovens to produce the final product. Black tea is the most common tea consumed in this country and is cultivated in China, India, Sri Lanka, Africa and Indonesia. To add a varying taste to black teas, they are oftentimes flavored with bits of fruit or scented with fruit essence.

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Pu-erh Teas

Welcome to our Pu-erh Tea Selections

A relatively new offering in the mainstream U.S. tea marketplace, Pu-erh is made from fermented Yunnan Black tea. After picking, Pu-erh is created by piling the tea for lengthy periods, allowing a true internal fermentation of the leaf to occur. This process gives Pu-erh its unique earthy overtones. This type of tea is cultivated in the world’s best tea growth areas, from tea bushes as tall as trees. Pu-erh has long been valued for its medicinal benefits, believed to aid in digestion and the reduction of cholesterol. Primarily packaged in compressed shapes of varying sizes, Pu-erh teas are also available in loose leaf form.

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Green Teas

Welcome to our Green Tea Selections

To produce green tea, the fresh tea leaves are carefully placed on large bamboo trays and allowed to dry in the sunlight. The leaves are then placed into small hot roasting pans and quickly moved about. They are continuously rolled into balls and then re-roasted for several hours at a time. This process stops the chemical changes from occurring in the leaf by never allowing it to whither and ferment. By eliminating the fermentation process, the dry leaf retains its green color and natural composition. Green teas vary in shape and size, ranging from twisted, curled, flat, pointed, half-moon crescent and tight pellet shapes.

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Scented Teas

Welcome to our Scented Tea Selections

A majority of Jasmine teas are made with a pouchong, or semi-fermented tea base. Pouchong tea has reacted with the air for a shorter period of time than black teas and a longer period of time than green teas, creating a varying leaf style and taste from other tea categories. This type of tea is gently touched with Jasmine blossoms picked at the peak of their bloom. Earl Grey is a delicately scented blend of large leaf black teas and oil of Bergamot. Downy Pearl Jasmine is a unique green tea that is hand rolled into tiny compressed balls. Finally, Rose Congou is a China black tea blended and scented with fresh rose petals. All scented teas have an aroma that makes them truly unique to other tea varieties.

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Yellow Tea

Welcome to our Yellow Tea Selection

Yellow teas are unique to the high mountain regions of the Chinese provinces of Anhui, Hunan and Sichuan. Yellow tea varieties are manufactured by plucking the juiciest and most tender tea bud sets of the tea bush, basket-firing or pan-firing the leaves, smothering the leaves, and then finish-firing the batches. It is the smothering step that is unique to this tea, allowing a special flavor to develop. During the "sealing yellow" step, the lightly steamed leaf is removed from the heat source and covered with a cloth, encouraging the leaf to reabsorb its own aromatics and add a sweetness and fragrance to the leaf. An experienced tea master creates this unique hand crafted tea by constantly checking the tea’s smell, look and feel until it is just right. This craft is often passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, this type of tradition has been lost over the years, leading to lower product yield, essentially making this type of tea truly rare.

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White Teas

Welcome to our White Tea Selections

Hand-plucked within two days of the maturing of the first buds, this is the most delicate type of tea. Once gathered, the tea buds are steamed, allowing the natural moisture to evaporate before being dried in the open air. Most white tea is grown in limited quantity in the Fujian Province of China. When brewed, it yields a pale yellow liquor with a light, sweet flavor and clean finish.

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Oolong Teas

Welcome to our Oolong Tea Selections

Oolong tea is often referred to as a “semi-fermented” tea and is principally manufactured in China and Taiwan (Formosa). After plucking, this type of tea is allowed to wilt in direct sunlight and is then shaken in bamboo baskets to lightly bruise the leaf. The chemicals in the leaf react with the air, producing a reddish leaf color. After a desired amount of time, the leaf is fired and the fermentation process is halted. These steps create the unique appearance and flavor of the two different types of oolong teas. China oolong teas are typically allowed to ferment for a shorter period of time and are therefore lighter in taste and appearance than most Formosa oolong teas.

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Decaffeinated Black & Green Teas

Welcome to our Decaffeinated Black and Green Tea Selections

Over the years, we have had many customers request decaffeinated tea offerings. Whether you must avoid caffeine for medical reasons or because it doesn’t allow you to get a good night’s rest, these teas are just what you need. We are proud to offer three black decaffeinated teas and one decaffeinated green option that, unlike many others, taste great when brewed.

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Organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified Teas & Tisanes

Welcome to our Organic Tea & Tisane Selections

Organic Teas and Herbal Tisanes are grown without any unnatural enhancements on certified estates. Although the tea plant itself is naturally resistant to leaf eating insects, the products listed in this section have been certified by their originating countries of origin, as well as the USDA. Since organic certification can take a tremendous amount of field down time and financial burdens on smaller tea growers, we have selected a few popular teas and tisanes to offer in this section. 

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Flavored Black, Green, & Herbal Teas

Welcome to our Flavored Black, Green & Herbal Tea Selections

Over the years, we have created flavorful blends of black, green, and rooibos teas with fruit pieces, spices and flavorings. From sweet peaches and pomegranates to spicy ginger and oranges, there are many tempting selctions to choose from. All of our flavored teas are easy to make into great tasting iced teas. So, hot or cold, these teas will certainly satisfy.

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Iced Tea Blends

Welcome to our Iced Tea Blend Selections

To produce a crisp, refreshing glass of iced tea, you need to start with a base tea formulated to brew up clean, clear and flavorful. Our iced tea blend selections have been specially blended to produce the finest in fresh-brewed iced tea. Available in a classic black tea blend, fruit blends and a refreshing mint-green, there are many choices to cool you down during those hot summer months.

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Blooming Presentation Teas

Welcome to our Blooming Presentation Tea Selections

Hand-tied into tight globe shapes, these tea blossoms are crafted by Chinese artisans using high quality tea buds. When steeped, these teas open up to reveal delicate flowers nestled inside. Our presentation teas are a visual treat when brewed in a clear teapot or glass and make a uniquely artistic gift.

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Tea Bricks, Cakes, and Shapes

Welcome to our selection of Tea Bricks, Cakes and Shapes

While most teas are available in convenient loose leaf and teabag forms, several Chinese Yunnan and Pu-erh teas are still manufactured in various sized bricks, cakes and pieces. These styles were the preferred methods of tea production centuries ago. These formats allowed the tea to travel long distances with ease. When this style of tea was brewed, a piece of the brick or cake was then broken off by using a small knife or tool.

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Herbal & Fruit Tisanes

Welcome to our Herbal & Fruit Tisane Selections

Herbal & Fruit Tisanes are comprised of herbs, dried fruit pieces, spices and flavorings. Since this style of "tea" does not contain the traditional tea leaves of the Camellia Senensis plant, they are naturally caffeine free. Herbal & Fruit tisanes come in many unique flavor profiles and have become a popular beverage to those who need a caffeine free alternative to traditional teas. 

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