Types of Teas

3 Types of Anhua Dark Tea

3 Types of Anhua Dark Tea

Besides pu erh tea, other members of the dark tea family include Hunan Anhua dark tea, Hubei green brick tea, Guangxi Liu Bao tea, Sichuan Tibetan tea (border tea), Anhui dark tea and Shaanxi dark tea. In this guide, we’ll discuss the different types of […]

Introduction to Hunan Anhua Dark Tea

Introduction to Hunan Anhua Dark Tea

Dark tea? What’s dark tea? You mean pu erh tea? The truth is, even many seasoned tea lovers aren’t fully sure what dark tea is and how it fits in the picture of all the other types. Pu erh tea, in fact, is a type […]

What is Purple Tea? Types & Benefits Explained

What is Purple Tea? Types & Benefits Explained

In China, purple tea refers to tea cultivars that is related to the mainstream Yunnan large leaf tea subspecies var.assamica, the cultivar used for producing pu erh. Purple Tea Is Not A Tea Category We all know about green tea and black tea, but is […]

Top 5 Herbs for Women According To Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Top 5 Herbs for Women According To Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient medical system formed over 2,500 years and has been evolved ever since. Practices of TCM include Chinese herbal medicines, acupuncture, therapeutic massage (tui na), tai chi, breathing exercises (qi gong) and dietary therapy. These practices have all been […]

Pu erh Grading Standard

Pu erh Grading Standard

Each tea has its own grading standard based on its quality and condition. Pu erh is the same. Due to the quality of raw material (mao cha / 毛茶) and the difference in process, Pu erh is sorted into ten grades.  From the highest grade […]

What is Duck Shit Tea (Ya Shi Xiang)? A Dancong Oolong Tea

What is Duck Shit Tea (Ya Shi Xiang)? A Dancong Oolong Tea

If there was a competition for weird tea names, “Ya Shi Xiang” or “Ya Shi” (literally means “duck shit fragrance” or “duck shit”) would probably rank at least in the top three. You must be curious when you hear this name: Does it look like […]

Zongzi: Which Type of Sticky Rice Dumpling Do You Prefer?

Zongzi: Which Type of Sticky Rice Dumpling Do You Prefer?

The Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival) falls on every 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. It’s therefore also known as the ‘double fifth festival’. On the Western calendar, it falls on the 30th of May this year (2017). What is […]

Why Expensive Teas are Expensive (And Cheap Teas are Cheap)

Why Expensive Teas are Expensive (And Cheap Teas are Cheap)

Does more expensive teas generally taste better? What are the factors behind the pricing of tea? With so many different teas available, and a wide range of prices, it’s worth to understand the pricing rationale, so that you can make a more informed buying decision. […]

Coffee Leaf Tea Guide

Coffee Leaf Tea Guide

There are many coffee and tea lovers around the world, and the war between the two beverages has been going on for ages. Tea is still leading by being the second most consumed beverage in the world right after water. But this might change soon. Recently […]

Chinese Tea Types and Classification

Chinese Tea Types and Classification

This article provides an introduction to different Chinese Tea types. Classification of tea types is mainly determined by the variation in processing tea leaves. Green Tea Type Green tea is the earliest type of tea in history and also the most popular tea type. Green […]