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Rediscovering Tea around the world


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The 10 Famous Chinese Teas

In China there is the legendary list of the 10 Famous Chinese Teas but this list seems to vary from source to source. The lists varies considerable depending on the area where it was compiled and the current trends of Tea consumption.

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However, there are some Teas that appear in every list and that should be a good sign. We’ve created a list of those:

  1. Dragon Well (Long Jing), Green Tea –  Hanghzou, Zhejiang Province
  2. Green Snail Spring (Bi Luo Chun), Green Tea – Suzhou, Jiangsu Province
  3. Iron Goddess (Tieguanyin), Oolong Tea – Anxi,  Fujian Province
  4. Yellow Mountain Fur Peak (Huangshan Mao Feng), Green Tea –  Huangshan, Anhui Province
  5. Jun Mountain Silver Needle (Junshan Yinzhen), A type of rare Yellow Tea – Yueyang,Hunan Province
  6. Qi Men Red (Qimen Hong), Black Tea – Qimen County, Anhui Province
  7. Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao), Oolong Tea – Wuyi Mountain, Fujian Province
  8.  Liu An Melon Seed (Liu An Gua Pian), Green Tea – Jinzhai, Anhui Province
  9. Xin Yang Hairy Tip (Xin Yang Mao Jian), Green Tea – Xinyang, Henan Province
  10. Monkey King Tea (Tai Ping Hou Kui), Green Tea – Taipin,  Anhui Province

For more information about Chinese Provinces check our previous post – Chinese Tea Provinces.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong, often called Smoked Tea, never had much popularity in China. It began as an export product about one and a half century ago. This Tea is known for its distinctive smoky aroma and flavour.

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To achieve this flavour, the Tea leaves are first withered over fires of pine or cypress wood. After panfrying and rolling, they are pressed into wooden barrels and covered with cloth to ferment until they give off a pleasant fragrance. The leaves are fried again and rolled into taut strips. Then they are placed in bamboo baskets and hung on wooden racks over smoking pine fires to dry and absorb the smoke flavor.

Most say it was invented when soldiers took over a tea factory in Xingun (Star Village) during the Qing dynasty in China. When they finally left, the workers had to dry their tea in record time to sell it at the market. In desperation they lit open fires of pine to speed the process, and wood-smoked Lapsang Souchong was born.

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In terms of health benefits, it is considered that Lapsang Souchong stimulates digestion, strengthens your immune system, lowers the bad cholesterol  and helps fighting fat cells.

This is definitely not everyone’s cup of Tea but we would love to hear your opinion on this Tea.

This Tea is often used in Tea cooking as well so stay tuned as we’ll be sharing some recipes soon.

Happy Tea Break.