Canton story


An oolong tea so fragrant, intoxicating and moreish, it changed her life.

Back in the 1990s, Jennifer Wood was the copywriter for The Body Shop. For many years she had been drinking a tea called Pouchong (Bao zhong) from the mountains of Taiwan. It was an oolong tea so fragrant, intoxicating and moreish that it changed her life: in 2007 she founded Canton Tea.

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Canton vision

Tea should be mesmerising, surprising, romantic.

Real tea isn’t cheap and dusty, stacked high in the supermarket. It’s truly beautiful. Steeped in ancient history. People who drink Canton know this. They understand tea the way we do. Canton is served in some of the most exclusive hotels and restaurants in the world. Luxury doesn’t do it justice. Everything is high grade. It’s beyond premium. It’s a work of art.

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Canton values

We buy fresh tea each season, direct from small, traditional gardens where tea bushes have grown for hundreds of years.

Buying fresh tea, direct from the farm is an important point of difference for Canton as many tea companies buy from wholesalers with general region and vague season. We know the provenance of every leaf we sell. We have established relationships with the farmers where the leaves are handpicked and handcrafted to tease out the sweetest notes and the most complex flavours. Most of our teas are beyond organic, some are biodynamic, several are from tea farms abandoned many years ago with trees allowed to grow untamed, others are from wild native trees in the forests of Yunnan.

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The tea that began it all: Pouchong

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