Along with history and around the world, there are many kinds of ceramics, including porcelain, earthenware, and stoneware, and each of them has impacted different cultures. You may wonder why many fancy ceramics have been called “china” for a long... Read More
Why the Gaiwan and Gongfu Tea Method are Worthwhile?
Gaiwan (盖碗), literally meaning “lid and bowl”, is a traditional Chinese tea brewing and drinking vessel and is comprised of three parts including the lid, bowl, and saucer. According to traditional culture, the lid corresponds to the sky, the... Read More
The Glamour of Yixing Teapot
Yixing clay, also known as Zisha, Purple Sand, or Five Colors Clay, is a type of clay from the region near the city of Yixing in Jiangsu Province, China. Yixing teapots, traditional vessels used to brew tea originated in China dating back to the... Read More
Various Aromas from Feng Huang Dan Cong
Feng Huang Dan Cong, aka phoenix oolong tea, comes from Mount Feng Huang of Chaozhou city in northeast Guangdong Province, China. “Feng Huang” means “phoenix”, and “Dan Cong” means “single bush”. This tea is one of China’s major... Read More
Ripe or Raw? Tips for Choosing Pu’er Tea
There are two variations of pu’er tea: raw pu’er (Sheng) and ripe pu’er (Shou). Both raw pu’er and ripe pu’er teas are made from sun-dried rough tea called mao cha, and both of them undergo fermentation process, though raw pu’er uses a... Read More
What is Pu’er Tea?
Pu’er tea, also known as pu-erh tea, is a variety of fermented tea traditionally made from large-leaf varietal of Camellia Sinensis var. assamica in Yunnan Province, China. Unlike other kinds of teas (including green tea, white tea, oolong tea... Read More
Have You Tasted the Tea Fossil of Pu’er?
As you may know, pu’er tea is one kind of fermented or even post-fermented tea. The tea is traditionally produced in Yunnan Province of China from Yunnan large-leaf varietal of Camellia Sinensis. The process of fermentation, referring to as... Read More
What Makes Da Hong Pao Special?
Da Hong Pao (translated as “Big Red Robe”) is one of the most famous and exclusive teas in the world. As the most famous Chinese oolong tea, Da Hong Pao represents the essential character of rock oolong tea from Wuyi Mountain. It is a long leaf... Read More
Wuyi Rock Oolong Tea and Yan Yun
Wuyi rock oolong tea is an umbrella name of the kind of oolong tea that comes from the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian Province, China. It belongs to semi-fermented oolong tea, which is between green tea and black tea. Grown in the mineral-rich soil beneath... Read More
Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong: The First Black Tea in History
Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, literally meaning “authentic mountain small tea plant” in Mandarin Chinese, is a unique black tea from Wuyi mountain, Fujian Province, China, the hometown of legendary Wuyi Rock Oolong Teas. In the West, people are... Read More