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We have a whole list of articles written by tea experts from Japan, China and Singapore.
These articles covers everything from descriptions of different teas to locations of tea plantations.

Interesting facts about tea

Song Dynasty Chinese Tea Bowl All teas come from the plant Camellia Sinensis.

All teas that are classified under the six main types of tea that is. It does not include herbal teas or other teas that do not include the real tea leaves. This plant is rich in antioxidants which have been shown to fight aging.

It is an interesting fact that the English tea and the Chinese Oolong or the Japanese green teas all come from the same plant. However, they taste different because of the differences in the manufacturing process.


An introduction to Japanese tea

In Japan, only green tea is grown, brewed and drunk. They are consumed in every day life or during elaborate Japanese tea ceremony.

The most high class tea from Japan is Gyoku ro from Shizuoka prefecture. This is a type of green tea. To non-Japanese drinkers, the tea may taste a little strong due to the seaweed taste in it. This type of tea is used during the Japanese tea ceremony and is in the powder form. The tea powder is green in colour and has a staining effect. Thus, it can be used to dye clothes and garments to produce beautiful green clothing or textile.

Other ordinary Japanese tea is ryoku cha. It is typically from Yame from Fukuoka, Shirancha from Kagoshima, Shizuoka teas.


Location of Tea gardens in China

The location of tea gardens in China are found from Central to SouthernChina.
In the Central and Southwest of China lies the tea growing regions of Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan.
In the central to Southeast part of China lies Hubei, Anxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Hunan provinces
In the far Southeast region lies Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Taiwan and Hainan regions of tea-growing.

Finally in central China belt, there is the Henan region.

Read about the top ten tea producing regions.


Oolong

Oolong is semi-fermented. It is grown specially in the southern regions of China like Taiwan, Guangdong and Fujian. One of the most famous tea regions in Fujina is Anxi. This is where one of the founders of our website originted from. His father was a tea farmer from Anxi.


There are 11 main types of Oolong. Japanese too love Oolong tea. They buy them in prepared containers and these are processed tea. Oolong is also a favourite drink amongst Southeast Asians. Very often, the tea is consumed together with Cantonese style dim sum or Hokkien/TeoChew style Bak kut teh (a dish of pork stewed with spices like pepper, cloves, nutmeg etc.).

Some westerners feel that Oolong is bitter. However, others feel that it leaves a sweet aftertaste after drinking it...

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