timeless

timeless

Our tea is alive and won't get bitter, no matter how you brew it. From the world's oldest way of green-tea making to the ancient wisdom for the all natural pu'er ageing, our "Timeless" range is a true testimony to the Tea Master's immeasurable craftsmanship and to the unshakeable commitment to following nature's pace.

6 Years Master’s White

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林老師傳統工藝老白茶

Tea in its purest form - sun-withering is the only process. A delicate, peachy flavour, reminiscent of alpine grass. Made in 2016, aged using 100% natural, ancient methods without artificial heat and humidity.

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£4.5 (4g) | £22 (20g) | £46 (50g)

To restore calm and rebalance. Anti-inflammatory and rich in anti-oxidants. Great for beating a cold or healing a sore throat. To be enjoyed first thing in the morning all the way through to bedtime.

Master’s Green

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林老師傳統工藝 綠茶 老綠茶

The very tea that inspired Rui to follow the Master into the mountains to learn about 活茶 The Living Tea of Guizhou. It's also one of the last green teas in the world made using ancient green-tea-making techniques throughout the entire process, resulting in great resilience when it comes to brewing: no harsh bitterness no matter how hot the water & no jittery feeling. A rare chance to experience this intensely floral and fragrant treasure. Can be brewed either hot or cold.

Unlike most of the modern green teas, Master's Green is made with the intention for it to age. The aged batches usually come from autumn harvest and they strictly follow nature's pace for 靜置 (Rest in stillness), available in below drop-down menu.

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2021 New Batch £4.5 (4g) | £23 (20g) | £48 (50g) | £4.5 (4g) | £22 (Aged 2018 20g) | £45 (Aged 2018 50g)

A gentle pick-me-up. Drink to quench thirst and feel refreshed. Body & mind cleansing. Helps improve general oral health. If you like jasmine green tea or fragrant oolong, you'll love this.

Master’s Red

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林老師傳統工藝 紅茶

The fragrance of wild orchid in Master's Red testifies the impeccable timing of traditional Living Tea making. Almost 400 years ago, this very red tea (black tea in the West) was brought by the Chinese envoy to be enjoyed by the Royals of the British Empire. Very little has changed in the way it's made today.

As you re-brew, experience dark chocolate and summer raspberry slowly transform into orchid blossoms in alpine forest: if you feel like a hug, this is the tea that will embrace your body and soul.

Following traditional techniques, we diffuse (instead of blend) seasonal wild flowers with Master's Red, making it Master's Special with Wild Cherry Blossom (spring) and Master's Special with Wild Osmanthus (autumn). Below drop-down bar will give you the option to buy.

*Master's Red autumn 21 new batch is here!

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£4.5 (4g) | £23 (20g) | £48 (50g) | Red w/ Osmanthus & Cherry Blossom from £24

To warm and comfort your body and soul. Helps digestion. Helps relieve asthma. Boosts immune system. A lighter and more fragrant alternative to traditional English Breakfast tea.

Master's Oolong (Qing Cha)

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林老師傳統工藝 青茶 | 烏龍茶

We prefer to call our "Oolong tea" Qing (/Ching/) Cha. It was categorised as one of the six types of traditional Chinese tea in the 70s. Due to the commercial popularity of Taiwanese Oolong from the 90s, Qing Cha has been mostly and exclusively associated with Oolong. The depths and breadths of Qing Cha have remained unknown to most. (See "What's Qing Cha" on the right to learn more)

Our Qing Cha comes from wild, ancient and indigenous medium/big-leaf-tea trees and is 100% seasonal, local and small-batched. Following the precious guidance of Master Lin, our intention of offering this tea is to honour and revive the ancient understanding and craftsmanship of traditional Qing Cha that has been unique to the Guizhou southwest region.

Summer Season Qing Cha - 蟬鳴 | Chan Ming | The Chirping of Cicadas (2022 first batch by Master Lin)

Based on the way of holistic living in ancient China, summer is considered to be the season of flourishment and the most perfect timing to restore the Yang energy for winter to come. Our Summer Batch Qing Cha was made echoing the quality and characteristics of the Yang: You will experience a lively range of vivid fragrances, aromas and tastes, such as Gardenia, Wild Orchid and Jasmine at night. The liquid offers a smooth, warming yet refreshing texture and the Cha Qi provides layers of lightness and reviving energy for the mind and the body, quite like taking a nap in the summer forest and slowly waking up to the colourful songs of the cicadas.

Our Qing Cha is recommended to be re-brewed for at least 10 times. (Please note that due to seasonality of our offerings some teas might look different from the photos above)

Below drop-down bar will give you the options for our seasonal batches.

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£4.8 (4g) | £26 (20g) | £52 (50g)

What is Qing Cha? The craftsmanship of “Qing Cha” had long existed before its modern definition and it is said to be the most creative, complex and diverse among all teas: each region, village and tea master reads the “secret code” from nature, responding to its unique climate, season and landscape with the ways the leaves are withered, rolled, oxidised/fermented, roasted and aged. This traditional "logic" means that no batch of Qing Cha can be the same and the possibilities of its flavours and aromas are limitless. In other words, the crafting of Qing Cha is far more than the common expectations of Oolong. This traditional "logic" means that no batch of Qing Cha can be the same and the possibilities of its flavours and aromas are limitless. In other words, the crafting of Qing Cha is far more than the common expectations of Oolong.

Master's Black 18 Years Pu'er

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林老師傳統工藝 十八年陳年普洱 散茶

Our first vintage tea, Master’s Black, was crafted in 2004 in Yunnan using the ancient Pu'er way, and has been delicately ageing ever since. In a departure from the common industrialised processing, our Pu’er does not rely on man-made humidity and temperature (or “wo-dui” 渥堆) in a controlled warehouse, but follows nature's course throughout the entire process of making and ageing, never compressing it into cake. Experience smokey alpine woods on the nose, sweet apple on the tongue, cherry blossom in the throat and sense of lightness and flow in your body and mind.

*The traditional understanding of Pu'er doesn't categorise Pu'er into Sheng 生 (Raw) and Shu 熟 (cooked), instead, from the moment the leaves were picked and made into tea we follow it as a living process where it continues to evolve and transform according to its native ecosystem, and such is the meaning of ageing. (You can store all of our tea for years to come and they will continue to transform.)

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£5 (4g) | £25 (20g) | £50 (50g)

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