• White tea is the un-oxidized Camellia Sinensis leaf freshly plucked and dried. White teas usually do not undergo any processing whatsoever, and apart from being dried, are the closest one usually gets to steeping the leaves right off the tea plant. Our reserve collection hosts some of the best white teas available in Canada.
  • Green teas originate from China and are minimally oxidized tea leaves. Oxidation is the chemical reaction which starts as soon as the leaved are picked, and is also referred to as fermentation. Shortly after the leaves are picked, they are either pan-fried, steamed, baked, or sun dried in order to halt the oxidation process. This classifies them as a green tea. Green teas are the type of tea most often associated with the health benefits of tea, however all teas have various health benefits.
  • Oolong teas are more oxidized than green teas but less than black teas. This creates a sweeter and more delicate tea than you may expect from black tea. Oolongs are a great introduction for those who are new to tea. They represent a wide range of flavors, not green, not black, but in between. Oolongs are definitely gaining popularity with tea drinkers in Canada.
  • Black tea, also known as Crimson Tea because of the reddish color of its infusion, is more oxidized, stronger in flavor, and contains more caffeine than the other tea varieties. The crafting of black tea involves the withering of the leaves until the moisture content reaches below 60%, at which point they are rolled to help in the release of organic compounds which add to its distinct flavor. Black tea is perhaps the most popular style of tea leaf in Canada.
  • Pu-erh Teas are post-fermented teas, and are the only teas to get better with age. We recently acquired both cooked and raw varieties from a famous Chinese farm in Yunnan Province. Many sophisticated tea drinkers in Canada will prefer Pu-erhs over all other teas, however it is definitely an acquired taste.
  • There are four categories of herbal teas: Single herbs, herbal blends, functional blends, and crossover blends. Our herbal teas and blends include only the highest quality ingredients from around the world, including Canada. Called 'Tisane' in french, herbals teas are not actually form the tea plant, but are referred to as 'teas' because they are prepared in the same manner. Herbal teas are most popular with those who prefer a naturally caffeine-free tea.
  • With the help of a Canadian Naturopathic Doctor, we have carefully crafted a series of wellness teas to help you achieve your health objectives. Although these can never be a replacement for seeking advice from a health professional, our wellness teas are blended with ingredients known to positively contribute to our health and well-being.
  • Although Canadians and the western world in general tend to use the word ‘chai’ to describe spiced Indian tea, the word ‘chai’ literally means ‘tea’, and does not actually refer to any particular type of tea. Terms like ‘Chai Tea’ are therefore seen by Indians as a humourous redundancy, however most go along with it as it serves to distinguish the Indian style of tea-making from the more simple and popular methods. In Canada, chai has gained tremendous popularity.
  • We carry a range of high quality herbs and spices for use in tea blending, simply as tisanes, or as culinary ingredients.
  • Seasonal teas, tea flowers, iced teas, rare teas... We've put them all together for you in our special Collections section.
  • Om ChaiWare is a new line of simple, elegant, and healthy teaware for tea lovers, and debuts with the attractive and functional double-walled glass travel tea infuser. Keep an eye out for more new additions to our Om Chaiware line of luxury teaware.
  • Some great unique seasonal gifts for the tea lovers on your list, order by December 12th for delivery before the holidays.
  • Ancient Forest Black

  • 43210
    2 to 5 mins.
    2.5g /cup

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A full bodied, earthy infusion typical of high quality Yunnan black teas.

Cultivated from the ancient protected tea tree forests of Yunnan Province, China, this rare and exquisite black tea makes a full-bodied and earthy infusion with a rich and penetrating aroma heavy with age and collective wisdom. The flavor of this deep amber infusion is unlike any other black tea available. Truly exceptional.



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Submitted on February 2, 2013




Just a little spicy.  Very nice.

Submitted on April 4, 2013




I tend to go more for green teas, but when I want a black tea, this one fits the bill.

Submitted on May 5, 2013




Wonderful tea 9/10

Submitted on January 1, 2014

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Story, Folklore, History...

The Ancient Forest:The ancient protected tea tree forests of Yunan Province range from 500 to over 3000 years old. In fact, the oldest human-planted tea tree in the world grows in the Jinxiu Village in Yunnan Province, and is 3200 years old. With a diameter of 1.84 meters, the tree is also the biggest tea tree in the world, growing at an altitude of 3,245 meters.


2 min without milk, 5+ min with milk


Tea (Camelia Sinensis)

Tasting Notes...

Certification: Organic
Grade or Quality: SFTGFOP
Aroma: Earthy
Infusion Aroma: Light earthiness, slightly woody
Infusion Color: Light amber
Base flavor: Earthy flavor
Infusion Strength: Medium