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Tea Etiquette

Tea etiquette

Tea Etiquette: Tea dos and don’ts An unwritten tea etiquette (until now). Have you ever wondered what is the correct way to drink tea? Have you ever looked at others and thought ‘they shouldn’t be doing that!’ or even (embarrassingly) others looking disdainfully in your direction whilst you are enjoying tea in a grand hotel.[…]

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Oolong Loose Teas

Oolong Loose Teas: complex semi-oxidized teas Oolong teas, or wulong as they were known, translates as Black Dragon and these teas account for around fourteen percent of Chinese tea production. Highly acclaimed in China, they are semi-fermented, in that the leaf is partially oxidised and therefore lye between green tea which is not oxidised and black[…]

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Famous China Tribute Teas

China famous tribute teas

Famous China Tribute Teas: presented to the emperors China is justly famous for its magnificent teas, whether these be black, green, oolong, yellow or white. In particular however are the Famous Teas, which should be experienced by all lovers of China teas. Tribute teas, as they used to be known, were produced exclusively for the[…]

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Tea and Food Pairing

Tea with food

Tea and Food Pairing: which tea to pair with your food? In many societies, particularly in Asia, tea is consumed with meals and a wide variety of food whereas in Britain we tend to limit our culinary horizons, as far as tea is concerned, to scones, hot buttered toast and crumpets and all manner of cakes, pastries,[…]

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China Keemun Black Teas – an introduction.

Keemun, from Qimen county in Anhui Province, is one of China’s ten famous teas. Previously known as Tribute Teas, keemun was Britain’s favourite tea in the nineteenth century. These black teas are known as the ‘Burgundy of teas’ for their winey character, floral notes and orchid aroma. They were first produced in the 1870s using[…]

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Introduction to Yunnan Tea

Tea horse road Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Introduction to Yunnan Tea: from Yunnan province in south-west China Yunnan is a region having a border with Laos and Burma, extending north towards the Himalayas. This borderland is a craggy, mountainous area of thick jungle. It is considered the birthplace of tea with native tea trees growing wild – some reputed to be as[…]