Drinking Green Tea Could Protect Your Brain?

For centuries, all the way to present day, tea has often been used by millions around the world as a daily health beverage. However, research from the last 20 years show that the healthy effects of tea on the body may go much deeper than originally thought. Besides that we recently wrote about the benefits of green tea against Diabetes, a new study now shows that green tea specifically may have an important role in preventing brain damage after the occurrence of spinal cord damage.

For years we have known that some types of tea can help to improve blood flow and help to prevent high blood pressure, but according to a recent study published in the Neural Regeneration Research journal, drinking green tea may prevent the risk of brain damage upon the occurrence of spinal cord damage, here’s the conclusion:

Chinese researchers suggest that green [tea] is loaded with polyphenols, strong antioxidants, which protect spinal cord neurons against oxidative stress induced by free radicals generated by the body.

This could potentially open doors into other health benefits, and maybe even work its way into being used in the medicinal field. As more and more research is done on how and why green tea has this effect, maybe there’s a chance for bettering a person’s chances during accidents such as car wrecks, sports, or horseback riding falls.

How to Brew Huangshan Maofeng Tea Using Gaiwan

When you want to know how authentic Maofeng tea looks like then you should watch the video below. Never used a Gaiwan before to steep green tea? Then this video will teach you how to! Enjoy!

This is Teasenz’ first video and we would love to hear your opinion it and we would like to know what kind of video you would like us to make in the future! Feel free to comment!

What is the Best Cheese to go with a Cup of Longjing Tea?

Longjing tea and cheese? Always difficult and I don’t think there are many tea lovers in China who dare to try to pair them. When you go to a tea house in China they might serve some side dishes such as nuts or dried fruits, but you won’t get anything more adventurous. Even though, most of the Teasenz team likes to drink their tea without anything, we regularly receive questions from our customers about pairings. And when it comes to cheese, we simply don’t have an answer. We asked Formaggiokitchen what they think the best options are and we got an surprisingly detailed answer that deserved to be shared.

Good question! I always find tea and cheese pairings a bit difficult, especially with Chinese teas like Longjing since there isn’t really any cheese in Chinese food and therefore not much precedent for pairing. That said, there’s no reason a nice cup of tea and a nice slice of cheese can’t go well together. We were so taken with your question here at the shop that monger Mary and I had our own little cheese-and-tea tasting on Sunday! I took inspiration from the salty, smoked cheese I had in the Tibetan regions of Yunnan Province, looking for something on the more dry and firm side of things. Personally, I also think green teas in general pair best with cheeses that aren’t too lactic. In the end, we found three cheeses that pair great with Longjing’s sweet, smooth, nuttiness–

Ekiola Ardi Gasna Fermier — this farmstead-style sheep’s milk cheese from the Pyrénées is a little on the milder side and helps bring out Longjing’s natural nuttiness

Coolea — an Irish import made by a Dutch-Irish couple in the style of a Gouda, this cow’s milk cheese is salty and a bit sweet, the perfect complement to Longjing’s mellow, vegetal sweetness

Pantaleo — an aged goat cheese, Pantaleo is mellow enough not to overpower a cup of Longjing while still packing a bit of a citrusy tang that really brightens up the drink! Especially nice now that we’re getting ready for spring.

Let me know if you find any other great pairings!

We hope this helps you to enjoy your Longjing tea journey more. Do you know any good tea pairings? If so, feel free to share by leaving a comment.

At last the new green tea season is coming soon and find out more about when they arrive here.

2014 Spring First Flush Green Tea Coming Soon

Chinese green tea

 

What is first flush tea?

When it comes to green tea, the quality of the spring batch is usually the best. Especially when picked early spring. A few reasons why:

  • Fertile soil: without harvesting for months, the soil is the most fertile
  • Low weather temperature: green tea buds are allowed to grow slowly resulting concentrated flavors
  • Cool temperatures means less insects and therefore no need for pesticides use

First Flush Tea Arrival Schedule

Compared to 2013 the tea season has started later due to weather conditions in China. Good news though, our spring teas are slowly arriving!

1. First Flush Long Jing
Probably the most famous green tea in China and internationally. Enjoy this imperial quality green tea consisting of one bud and one/two leaves.
Arrived!

2. Ming Qian Huang Shan Mao Feng
Straight from our farmer in Huang Shan. One of China’s most popular high-end teas.
Expected: Mid April 2014

3. Anji Bai
Known by many as a white tea due to its name. However, Anji white is made using the Chinese green tea processing method and therefore should be classified as a green tea.
Expected: End April 2014

4. Xin Yang Mao Jian

Quality green tea straight from one of our favorite tea suppliers in Xin Yang town. There is nothing better than this Xin Yang from a family that has been producing this Mao Jian for generations.
Expected: End of April 2014

Besides the above teas there will be more teas coming in. They are left out of this list because we aren’t able to give an exact date yet. Thanks for reading 😉

How to Brew Dragon Well Tea The Right Way

Dragon Well tea is unquestionably the most famous green tea in China and commonly known worldwide. Some high quality Dragon Well teas are even more expensive than gold. If we use a wrong way to brew it, don’t you think that would be such a big waste? Today I will share my experience of brewing Dragon Well tea the right way.

Water for Brewing

Soft water is better for Dragon Well tea. It is suitable to effectively extract most of the substances from leaves. Hard water contains a higher level of mineral ions which suppress extraction of substances from leaf and the taste become very flat and thin.

Water Temperature

80° C or 180° F is the best temperature. Since Dragon Well is not fermented, the leaves are very easy to be damaged by boiling water. And boiling water may make the taste bitter and astringent.

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Three brewing methods

The method of brewing Dragon Well green tea is named as ‘Down-Tossing Infiltration Brewing’. The leaf is in flat shape and therefore difficult to sink when brewed, just like dragons swimming in the water.

1. Dragon in the air

Fill the tea ware with hot water, and then add the tea leaves little by little, almost leaf by leaf. In this way, the tea is like dragons flying in the air and at last landing in the bottom.

2. Dragon in the water

Fill the tea ware with 1/3 hot water, slowly add the tea leaves, then add the rest of the water. In this way the teas rolling in the middle of the cup is like dragons swimming in the water.

3. Dragon diving underwater

First put the dry leaves in the tea ware, and then slowly add the hot water indirectly by first touching the walls of the tea ware. In this way, teas are in the bottom and then come-up to the top, like dragons diving in the deep sea.

Some Tips for Brew Dragon Well Tea

1. Hold the tea pot higher when adding water. Because through this process, the water can be cooled to the best temperature for Dragon Well green tea

2. The tea can be brewed for many times and you need steep longer for further steeps to allow the leaves to release more flavor.

3. Glass or porcelain tea wares will contribute to the flavour and taste. Because they are neutral and don’t affect taste.

Anji White Tea – Anji Bai Cha: Just Launched

Anji White Tea

A fresh and creamy soft white tea with notes of citrus and nuts: This white tea is connoisseurs dream from Anji, the town of dense bamboo forests and tea cultivation. Anji white tea is just a beautiful tea in every way with long, delicate and vivid color leaves. Anji Bai Cha is probably the rarest among all Chinese white teas. Teasenz managed to get a small supply of this Anji Bai Cha from Spring 2013

Unleash Jasmine Dragon Pearl Tea

When you think about dragons – you think of this large, all imposing, all terrifying beast. Destruction and passion and sheer power. Jasmine Dragon Pearl tea unleashes a different kind of dragon. Jasmine as a plant releases aromas that alleviates stress and encourages relaxation and calm. Combined with the near cure-all that is Green tea, this hot beverage is unstoppable. In addition it improves appetite and digestion, reduces anxiety, and improves skin.

When you pour the warm water over this tea and the Jasmine unfurls, it unleashes something really great. It can be described, when drunk, as sweet and almost sugary. It lets out that sweet beautiful jasmine smell when brewed. There is a soft, airy, and delicate feel to the tea. It is a definite must try for the uninitiated.

The dragon that this tea unleashes is one of cool calm. The omniscient all knowing being, glowing dimly with shining scales and dark eyes, guarding and half slumbering from its keep. You can let the warm serenity of the tea bring you into a calm bliss, as it helps your health.