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Educational Tea Club - Red Tea

Red Tea   Known as black tea in the West, red tea is one of the most commonly produced style of teas in the world. A well-made red tea by definition is fully fermented – all enzymes exhausted – making it the sweetest, smoothest category of all teas.     HISTORY   Unlike other teas, red tea has almost a linear history that’s simple, yet profoundly international and impactful. The world’s oldest red tea is Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong, aka, Lapsang Souchong. The origin of Xiao Zhong is not very clear with its birth estimated from 300-500 years ago. Before 19th century, it was the only known red tea existed (and many still argue it was wu long then). In...

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Three Year Anniversary Tea Club

Tea Drunk is turning THREE YEARS old! It’s been a special journey for us, and we would like to make it special for our tea friends as well! For this month’s Tea Club, instead of continuing our themed tea education, we would like to share with our subscribers some teas that are enjoyable and memorable. We would like to include a completely handmade Huang Ya from this Spring, an outstanding Wu Yi (Cliff Tea) Shui Xian, and a Pu Er cake for you to keep and savor over time.    Huang Ya Back in April, we featured yellow teas, however this particular batch is indeed special as we continue to improve the making techniques while following traditional methods. Making Huang...

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August Educational Tea Club - Feng Huang Dan Cong

August Educational Tea Club  Feng Huang Wu Long  Fruity, floral, tannic and super aromatic, Feng Huang Dan Cong has such pleasant and showy qualities, unparalleled by any other kind of tea, leading it to become one of the most popular Wu Longs on the market right now.   HISTORY AND LEGEND It’s difficult to talk about Wu Long (and not just Feng Huang Wu Long) without talking about the She people. Often stereotyped as dog worshippers by other Chinese, the She people’s mythical beginnings are traced back to a brave dragon-turned-dog-turned-dog-headed-human ancestor, who had four children with a princess, began the She tribe. Pan Hu, the dog-head ancestor, died by tripping on a vine that his brother, Black Dragon, aka...

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July Educational Tea Club : White Tea

The White Tea Myth Maybe it is due to the Snapple commercial where a stereotypical old Asian man introduces white tea as “baby tea leaf with natural light flavor”, that white tea went from unheard of by most in the West to a popular “lighter, full of anti-oxidants and caffeine free” “new” tea.  However, the only marginally true detail of white tea is that it can be quite crisp and light, and has anti-oxidants.   White Tea History and Legend No other tea in China has a more confusing and controversial history than white tea because the name Bai Cha (white tea) is used for two purposes - one refers to the actual processing method, which is the modern tea...

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A Wu Long Making and Roasting Q&A with Shunan

A customer emailed in with some great questions about Wu Long processing.  Christopher: I was watching your travel videos and I had a question about the wu long making process. I noticed that for Phoenix and Yan Cha they shake the leaves on a big tray, but for Tie Guan Yin they do not, is there a reason for this? Shunan: Thank you for asking a very observant question!  While Tie Guan Yin does go through a lighter fermentation process in comparison to the other Wu Longs, it still gets shaken. What makes Wu Long so aromatic is that the leaves go through a process where they are physically disturbed to regulate the water fed from stems to the leaves for...

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