Chinese Tea

Popular Chinese Teas To Try chinese teaDrinking tea has its origins in China, it is claimed that the ancient Chinese emperor Shennong discovered tea when a leaf fell into a pot of water he was boiling. Although like most Chinese stories related to tea this is most likely half-truth and half myth, Chinese culture and tea are deeply linked to one another. All Chinese tea comes from the plant camellia sinensis and are divided into five categories; black, oolong, green, white and post fermented. It is said that within these five categories there are over a thousand different types of tea. With all the variety that Chinese tea has to offer, it can be difficult to know which teas to try. Here is a small list of Chinese teas you should try: Lapsang Souchong Lapsang Souchong is a black tea with a strong smoky taste. It is unique among all other teas as it is the only one to be smoke dried by burning pinewood. Lapsang Souchong is said to be an acquired taste, and its flavor is often compared to that of a bonfire. The legend of Lapsang Souchong’s origins are said to have happened during the Qing dynasty, when soldiers took refuge for the night in a small village, the soldiers were trying to dry their clothes on a pinewood fire in a barn full of tea. In the morning the villagers were surprised to find that this had given the tea a unique taste. Lapsang Souchong is also used in many Chinese cuisine recipes. Longjing Tea Longjing tea is a variety of green tea that is pan fried, and is said to have many health benefits. After the tealeaves have been infused with the boiling water, they can be eaten as a tasty snack. Longjing tea contains more vitamin c then any other tea, and if drank regularly can help to promote a healthy immune system. Its sweet and fruity taste has mad it one of the most popular green teas that China produces, and is enjoyed world wide. Tieguanyin Tieguanyin is an oolong tea, and well-prepared leaves are some of the most expensive tea to purchase, but if you look hard enough you can find some reasonably priced options. Tieguanyin leaves when mixed with boiling water will make the liquid a very distinct golden yellow, and has a very fresh and fruity flavor that works well when eating a meal.

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