The use of tea leaves first started in southwest China more than 3,000 years ago and was originally used by people for chewing or eating. Over time, the use of tea leaves expanded as people began to use them in cooking and to flavor their water. (Read more)
High up in the Phoenix Mountains of China’s southeastern Guangdong province is where one might find Duck Shit Aroma Oolong. Year-round, these mountains are surrounded by fog and rain, creating perfect moist conditions for the soil to promote this special tea’s growth.
The mountain continuously attracts many tourists traveling not only for the scenic views but also in search of this intriguing oolong. (Read more)
One legend has it that the origins of Genmaicha date all the way back to 15th century Japan, when a servant accidentally lost a few grains of rice hidden up his sleeve into the cup of the master, for whom he was pouring very expensive tea. (Read more)
“Black Tea” as it's called in the West, or "Hong Cha" ("Red Tea") as it is called in Asia is well-known as an afternoon tea for it’s mellow and sweet flavor. According to legend, the Wuyi Mountains in northern Fujian, China, is where black tea was first developed. One legend tells of passing soldiers using covered piles of tea leaves as mattresses, thus bruising the leaves and creating oxidation, which gives black tea its dark color. (Read more)