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Making "Gung Fu" Tea in Fujian, China
Chinese Tea Basics
The tea species Camellia Sinensis produces all the varieties of Chinese tea: green, black, oolong, pu-erh and white.
The growing season, geographic region and processing of the leaves create the many varieties and contribute to each teas uniqueness.
The special care given during processing brings out the natural subtleties of flavor and creates a visual aesthetic that is unique to each tea.
This is part of the mystique of Chinese tea. No two teas are exactly alike. Each growing season creates a unique leaf and taste. So if you like a particular tea, remember that each harvest offers a new experience.
The History of Chinese Tea
The varieties of Chinese tea that are available are truly extensive, and there are many different types that are grown during each Chinese dynasty in China.
Chinese people are in fact believed to have enjoyed tea drinking for more than 4,000 years now, and legend even has it that Yan Di, the legendary emperor considered to be one of two ancestors to the Chinese people , tasted all kinds of herbs in order to find medical cures.
As the story goes, one day he was being poisoned by some herb that he had ingested and a drop of water from a tea tree dripped into his mouth and he was saved.
Chinese tea as a drink truly prospered through the Tang Dynasty, and tea shops became incredibly popular during this time as well.
Chinese tea is still incredibly popular today, perhaps even more so because there are people all over the world who drink Chinese tea, as opposed to just the people of China, as it was in ancient times.
Types of Chinese Tea
In regards to Chinese tea types in the China trade industry, Chinese tea can basically be classified into seven types which are as follows: white tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea, flavored tea, compressed tea, and instant tea. It can also be then further divided into two more basic groups: basic tea group and the reprocessed tea group.
The materials for the basic tea types are only that of the fresh tea leaves that are plucked from the tea plants, and according to different processing methods and different oxidation degrees of the polyphenols, the basic tea types would include that of the following six types: white tea, yellow tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea, and dark tea.
On the other hand, in regards to the reprocessed tea group, this refers to any of the basic teas that are used as materials for reprocessing, and sometimes other additional materials are added as well.
Also, according to different processing methods, the reprocessed tea group can basically be classified as the following: scented teas, spiced teas, compressed teas, extracted teas, fruit flavored teas, health teas, and so on.
There are also many different locations where you can purchase these teas, and you can usually find them for an incredibly reasonable price.
If you have not tried any of these teas, you should, because the health benefits and advantages that you can receive from them are great.
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