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Tea from China

by Wouter Gryson November 16, 2016

Tea from China

An intro into the country of tea, China.

 

Tea has always been a tradition in China, with a long-standing culture and a rich history. When the Chinese civilization discovered tea, the upper class used it as a medicine. With tea becoming more accessible it got more widespread and all of China could enjoy it. China still has a strong tea culture.

About 2000 years ago, Chinese farmers had the habit of drinking the tea as they cultivated their tea trees ,and learned how to properly produce tea of different varieties with different flavors. China produces all sorts of teas: green tea, black tea, yellow tea, oolong tea, puerh tea, white tea , and yellow tea. Each of these species has different characteristics and various sorts of tealeaves.

Some Famous Teas,

Longjing: Longjing, also known as Dragon well green tea, is a smooth and mellow green tea grown in the mountain areas around Hangzhou in the Zhejiang Province of China. The color is light yellow-green, and it is often said that, the lighter the color of the Dragon well, the higher the quality will be. It has a strong sweet aroma with a mellow grassy flavor. Day leaves have a beautiful flat long shape.

 

Keemun Black : If you haven’t tried a fine loose top quality Keemun black tea, then you have been missing out. Keemun black tea has a bold, strong and malty taste. It hails from the Anhui province of China. Keemun black tea has a reputation for being one of the finest black teas on earth, especially in the United Kingdom where a lot of households can’t come through the morning without (at least) a cup.

 

Bi Luo Chun: or green snail spring, is a tea originating from the Jiangsu province. It is usually picked early in the morning.

The leaves are rolled in typical, tightly twisted spirals like a snail. The tea has a light green color with a typical bit of bite in taste reminiscing its name.

Da Hong pao (great red robe) is one of the darker oolong teas. It is also called Yan Cha. It has full body twisted leaves. It is grown in the Wuyi mountains ,located in the northern Fujian province. It is a legendary tea and is not commonly sold in public.

 

Tie Guan Yin (iron Goddess of mercy) is a softer oolong. It is named after the mythical Chinese goddess of compassion. It has a sweet taste with touches of honey and peaches.

 

Bai Hao Yin Shen (silver needle) is considered the finest white tea there is. It consists of only the buds of the tea. It comes from farms in Tianmushan in the Fuding area of Fujian province. The tea has a pale yellow color and a subtle creamy flavor.

Wouter Gryson
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