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Chinese Green Tea: Huang Shan Mao Feng

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Chinese Green Tea: Huang Shan Mao Feng
Green tea is the most enjoyed tea in China, Japan and Korea. It was such an important part of the culture in China that the New Year was marked by the emperor drinking his first cup of first flush green tea. While it is one of the least processed of all tea types, it still requires precise technique and knowledge to make. Huang Shan Mao Feng is one of those green teas that wonderfully portrays to us the skills of the tea masters. If made correctly, it is a sweet, refreshing tea, with notes of chestnuts and spring florals, possessing plenty of cha qi. (Read more)

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Dan Cong Oolongs, Part II

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Dan Cong Oolongs, Part II

In our previous article, The Aromatic Dancong Oolongs, we’ve focused on what is Dan Cong (Fenghuang) Oolong, and the various single varietals that exist within this tea category.  

 

This time we will take a look at the intricate history of this indeed well-known aromatic tea, as well as the processing methods

 

Even if you haven’t yet had a chance to try this wonderfully fragrant tea, learn all about it together with us! (Read more)

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A Deeper Look Into Chinese Black Tea (Hong Cha)

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A Deeper Look Into Chinese Black Tea (Hong Cha)

Up until the mid 17th century (Late Ming, Early Qing Dynasty), the only teas widely consumed in China were green (unoxidized) and oolong (semi-oxidized) teas.

 

Nowadays, red tea is one of the most popular and widely produced teas in the world. However, it wasn't always this way.  (Read more)

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Zen, The Art Of Incense Burning And The Tea Ceremony

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Zen, The Art Of Incense Burning And The Tea Ceremony

In the somewhat intricate world of tea ceremony, there exists a debate: incense or no incense? 

Personal preference aside, we decided to go deeper into why exactly incense can be burned during tea ceremonies. After all, this is a long tradition that has holds its roots in Buddhism and has made its way into the traditional tea ceremony. (Read more)

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What Is White Tea? From Production To Price

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What Is White Tea? From Production To Price
Dating back to the Tang Dynasty, white tea wasn’t so much as a commodity as it was a tribute. Only the royal court could afford to drink such a delicate drink, and the tradition of this tea being highly prized stuck around for centuries to follow. Nowadays, white tea has gained its way into the cupboards of many of us and is no longer hard to acquire. However, there are still things influencing its high prices to this day. (Read more)

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