CHINA (中国)

It is said that there are about 8000 different types of tea produced in China.
Eight Thousand!

  China, known in Chinese as Zhōngguó (中国), meaning "central country", is one of the most important tea-producing countries. The written history of tea consumption in China goes back longer than in any other country, thousands of years. In ancient China, tea was originally used as a medicine, over hundreds of years it slowly shifted towards being viewed first as a tonic, and then as a beverage as it is today.


  Plantations are mainly found in the southern and central provinces. For a long time they were managed on a regional level by an exclusive central body, which was responsible for selling the whole region's production. When Deng Xiao Ping came to power, there was a liberalisation of trade and consequently many private companies were born bringing the plantations and the importers into direct contact with each other.


  The main producing areas are Zhejiang, Hubei, Yunnan, Szechuan, Anhui and Fujian. China produces a big variety of green and black teas, as well as Oolong and other speciality teas. Every tea has its unique and distinguished flavour.

BLACK TEA


   The birth of black tea in China is very mysterious. No one knows exactly what lead the Chinese to start oxidising tea after having produced only green tea for centuries. One legend says that black tea was the accidental result of a cargo of green tea having oxidised during an overly long sea crossing. Having arrived at its destination the tea was greatly appreciated by its recipients, who then went on to order some more… Whatever the case, black teas are essentially produced for export. They come from the Yunnan, Anhui, Fujian, Jianxi and Sichuan regions. 

 At Muave we offer various black teas and we are expecting to be adding more very soon.

Discover Our Black Teas

Muave - Sco'ish Breakfast Loose Leaf Tea | Full flavoured blend for those of you, who desire really well-rounded cup of tea. A worthwhile journey upon the famous misty Scottish Highlands in the early mornings.Muave - Sco'ish Breakfast Loose Leaf Tea | Full flavoured blend for those of you, who desire really well-rounded cup of tea. A worthwhile journey upon the famous misty Scottish Highlands in the early mornings.
£5.00

36p / cup

Muave - Purple Grey Loose Leaf Tea | The perfect definition of the essence post-modern classic taste is hidden in Muave Purple Gray. Zesty modern twist on a classic afternoon favourite tea with a hint of cream. The blend between the savoury Orange, citrusy Bergamot and delicate Lavender brings soothing and relaxing atmosphere to every homeMuave - Purple Grey Loose Leaf Tea | The perfect definition of the essence post-modern classic taste is hidden in Muave Purple Gray. Zesty modern twist on a classic afternoon favourite tea with a hint of cream. The blend between the savoury Orange, citrusy Bergamot and delicate Lavender brings soothing and relaxing atmosphere to every home.
£5.00

36p / cup

Muave - In Love with the Choco | What does true love taste like? Our blend is meant to imitate that rush of energy associated with love at first sight. Also known as the “Crowd Pleaser”. This selfishly essential gift to yourself is the perfect balance of sweetness and sophistication. The dark chocolate chips melt into the infusion of the black tea to create the ultimate sensation of indulgence. Seriously, sinfully delicious.Muave - In Love with the Choco | What does true love taste like? Our blend is meant to imitate that rush of energy associated with love at first sight. Also known as the “Crowd Pleaser”. This selfishly essential gift to yourself is the perfect balance of sweetness and sophistication. The dark chocolate chips melt into the infusion of the black tea to create the ultimate sensation of indulgence. Seriously, sinfully delicious.
£5.50

28p / cup

Muave - In Love with the Coco Loose Leaf Tea | Par-tea, anyone? Dopamine boosting aroma combined with the light complexity of coconut taste. Note: Black teas do carry a stimulant(caffeine), so if you’re looking for legal solution to stay up all night, you’re welcome.Muave - In Love with the Coco Loose Leaf Tea | Par-tea, anyone? Dopamine boosting aroma combined with the light complexity of coconut taste. Note: Black teas do carry a stimulant(caffeine), so if you’re looking for legal solution to stay up all night, you’re welcome.
£5.50

28p / cup

GREEN TEA


 Green tea, the daily drink of the Chinese people, accounts for 80% of the total production with a large part reserved for home consumption. It is mainly grown in the mountainous, humid regions of Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian and Guanxi. The leaves can be folded, twisted, rolled lengthwise (needles), or made into balls or other shapes. These teas are known by their freshness,  greenness and long lasting flavour in the mouth. As a general rule, they should be infused for three minutes.

Discover Our Green Teas

Muave - Citrus Delight | Dream-like brilliance that will beam you to the grooves of the Mediterranean coast, with dramatic cliffs plunge towards a dazzling white beaches and azure water while lemon trees are swaying at the wind. Green and raw, the aroma perfectly captures the ravishing citrus freshness of sun-drenched lemons and oranges.Muave - Citrus Delight | Dream-like brilliance that will beam you to the grooves of the Mediterranean coast, with dramatic cliffs plunge towards a dazzling white beaches and azure water while lemon trees are swaying at the wind. Green and raw, the aroma perfectly captures the ravishing citrus freshness of sun-drenched lemons and oranges.
£5.00

36p / cup

WHITE TEA


  The name ‘white tea’ is rather confusing. One would assume it refers to the light colour of the brewed tea, but actually it’s a nod to the fine silvery-white hairs found the plant’s youngest buds. Despite being relatively rare and unusual, the idea of white tea has become so popular that you’ll now find low-quality versions gracing the bleached teabags of the least discerning supermarkets. To really appreciate the delicate flavours and the dazzling silver buds and leaves, this is a tea that needs to be drunk loose-leaf and usually at lower temperatures. And if you like it served with a side order of folksy romance, then all the better.

        Muave doesn't offer white tea yet, but will start in near future.

YELLOW TEA


  Native to China, Yellow Tea is another drink that has slowly gained popularity across the world. This one is a little different in taste, as it offers a fruity and distinct after taste, smooth texture and a pleasing aroma. When it comes to benefits, it is somewhat similar to green tea. However, it is easier on the stomach as compared to green tea and other teas as well. The bright yellow colour of this hot drink is not natural and is attained through a process called ‘Sealed Yellowing’. Under this process, the tea polyphenols (catechins) are first oxidised to attain the yellow tinge and then further treated to preserve the colour and aroma of the dried leaves.

SMOKED TEA


   Produced in the Fujian province, these teas are obtained from Souchong leaves (low, large sized leaves), which are smoked with spruce tree roots. Very low in caffeine, they are suitable for any time of day and can be drunk with meals or savoury breakfasts.

PU-ERH TEA


   These teas come from Yunnan province and have being oxidised in heaps under a damp cover, in order to maintain a degree of hygrometry greater than 85%. Pu-Erh teas usually go through this process several times.

OOLONG TEA


  These also include teas which the Chinese call blue-green. These teas, which have long, pale leaves before treatment and a low caffeine content, are processed using three types of oxidation. 

 Usually low caffeine teas, perfect in the late afternoon or in the evening. They are highly regarded by traditional Chinese medicine: they are thirst quenching, calming and help the digestion of fatty foods. Wu Long (oolong) teas can be prepared in a traditional teapot, using 15 to 20 g of tea per litre of water and allowing it to infuse for 5 to 6 minutes. They can also be enjoyed using the Gong Fu Cha method in tiny teapots that are filled with leaves and allowed to infuse for 30 to 50 seconds. Very high quality semi oxidised teas can be infused several times without spoiling the taste.