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Chinese tea culture has a rich and storied history that spans thousands of years, and its influence has spread far beyond China’s borders. Chinese tea encompasses a wide range of flavours, aromas, and brewing techniques, which offers a different tea experience. In the vibrant multicultural tapestry of Malaysia, the love for Chinese tea has taken root and flourished.
Chinese tea has become a popular and meaningful gift among Malaysian Chinese, with the deeply ingrained concept of “tea for health” stemming from the acknowledged medicinal properties of tea.
From traditional classics to innovative blends, here are the 10 popular Chinese tea brands in Malaysia.
White2Tea has gained recognition for its Pu’er Teas, skillfully blended from multiple regions. Their approach involves combining tea from two or more diverse areas, resulting in a uniquely crafted blend that offers a distinct and exceptional taste.
JDX presents an extensive selection of Chinese teas, including Oolong tea, Pu’er tea, and floral blends. Among their top-selling teas are the Royal Gold Tea and Royal Silver Tea, meticulously crafted using unique recipes to deliver a distinctive and delightful taste.
Tork Shou Heong
Tork Shou Heong is renowned for its exceptional Tork Shou Heong Chinese Tea, a 100% specially selected Oolong Tea tailored to suit the preferences of local consumers. The tea boasts a fully enhanced aroma, and its colour, though not lustrous, carries a distinctive and unique taste.
In China, Yu Yan is well-known for its Wuyi Rock Tea, which stands out for its meticulous charcoal roasting that perfectly enhances the aroma and taste. Their tea shop in Kuala Lumpur specializes in promoting three key types of tea: Wuyi Rock Tea, Jianyang White Tea, and TongMuGuan Black Tea.
Legend of Tea
Legend of Tea is one of the largest retail brands in Malaysia, distinguished by being the first Malaysian company to establish its own tea processing factory in China. The brand proudly offers a diverse range of teas, including premium-grade ancient Pu’er Tea, Liu Bao, and Wu Yi Rock Tea.
World Wide Tea
World Wide Tea is renowned for its proprietary brand, “Qiu Wang,” featuring a premium Tie Guan Yin oolong tea. In addition to an array of Chinese teas, including black tea and white tea, their best-selling selections notably include oolong tea and pu’er tea.
Montea presents a diverse selection of Chinese teas, including Liu Bao, Oolong Tea, Pu’er Tea, and floral infusion teas. Catering to the on-the-go and BYO-Tea dine-in lifestyle, Montea offers conveniently packaged options in multiple styles, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable tea experience.
Thaitee Tea Merchant
Thaitee Tea Merchant stands as Malaysia’s foremost distributor of premium tea leaves. Renowned for its signature Fo Shou, Tie Guan Yin, and Shui Xian teas, the brand has garnered acclaim through numerous awards in both domestic and international competitions in China.
Distinguishing itself from others, Rustea presents a selection of six unique tea flavours, including Osmanthus Oolong, White Peach Oolong, and Jasmine Green Tea. What sets Rustea apart is that all their teas are suitable for various preparations, such as cold brew, hot tea, fruit tea, and milk tea. Embracing the motto “a tea you can enjoy anytime,” Rustea packages its teas in round tea canisters, allowing tea enthusiasts to savour their favourite blends anywhere they go.
Purple Cane is one of the most famous Chinese tea brands in Malaysia. It was established in 1987 and has been developing its own brands from the start, such as Zi Zhu Lan and Mini Tuo Tea. Over the years, it has developed a number of teas that were not well developed in the Malaysian market before, such as Green Tea Long Jing, Wuyi Cliff-Grown Tea, Cane’s Green Tea, and Pu’er Tea.