Thursday, April 28, 2011

Handcrafted Tea

Gunpowder tea, sometimes referred to as “Handcrafted Tea” is a form of green tea made in the Zhejiang Province in China. Each leave is rolled, by hand or machine, into a small, round, pellet. Although generally only green tea is rolled in this fashion, sometimes Oolong tea is as well.

In the past, gunpowder tea was only rolled by hand, (thus the common nickname of “handmade” or “handcrafted tea.”) But today, the demand for this unique green tea has necessitated that the majority of gunpowder tea is made by machines. The highest grades, however, are still rolled gently by hand.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Herbal Teas

“Herbal teas” is actually a misnomer since they are not made from actual tea leaves. Herbal teas are, instead, a blend of leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, and other natural ingredients. They are steeped in hot water, just as teas are made, which is likely how the word “tea” was added to their name.

Despite not being actual teas, they do offer a variety of health benefits, depending upon what type of herbal tea. Some can help to relieve the common symptoms of a cold, while others can help you sleep better, eliminate nausea, and even help your digestive system function properly.

Monday, April 18, 2011

White Pomegranate Tea

I have found a new favorite tea. White Pomegranate! It combines two of my favorite things – white tea and pomegranates. And although I love pomegranate juice, I’m generally too lazy to eat an actual pomegranate (who can deal with all of those little seeds?) So I am super excited about this tea.

White teas are so lovely on their own but I’ve personally always enjoyed fruit-infused white tea, such as strawberry. Pomegranate offers that hint of sweet fruit flavor with the added health benefits of pomegranate. The particular blend I’ve been drinking also include rosehips to provide a vitamin C boost as well. I’m in love!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Rooibos Red Tea

Although Rooibos is not actually a tea, as it does not come from the tea plant, the production of red tea is similar to that of other teas. Unlike other teas, however, red tea is cultivated only in South Africa. The leaves are oxidized, which gives them their unique red coloring. Un-oxidized rooibos teas, (green rooibos) are also used to make an herbal tea, although because the production process is much more difficult, green rooibos is generally more expensive than red rooibos tea. Green rooibos also tastes different that its red cousin, as it has more of a grassy, malty flavor.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pu'erh Tea Storage and Aging Tips

Pu'erh teas of all types, shapes, and farming can be aged to enhance their flavour, however the tea's physical properties may affect the speed associated with aging as well as it's quality. These qualities include:

Leaf quality: The most crucial factor, arguably, is actually leaf quality. Maocha that has been incorrectly processed will not grow older to the level of finesse. But properly processed maocha will mature well. The actual grade of the leaf also significantly affect its high quality, and thus its ability to mature well.

Compression: The actual tighter a tea is compressed, the actual slower it will grow older. In this respect, looser leaf - as well as stone-pressed pu'ers will age faster than denser hydraulic-pressed pu'er.

Size and shape: The more surface area, the actual faster the teas will age. Bingcha as well as zhuancha thus age faster than jincha, golden melon, and tuocha. Larger bingcha grow older slower than more compact bingcha, and so forth.

Just as essential as the actual tea's properties, the environment of the tea's storage also affects how fast and successfully a teas ages.

Blooming Teas

Blooming teas, (occasionally called flowering tea) originated in China. They tend to be small bundles or balls comprised of flowers and teas leaves tied using a cotton thread. When steeped in hot water, the little packages expand and open, much like a blossoming flower. They are a wonderful indulgence for teas drinkers and can be a great hit at any dinner party or get together. But they’re just as beautiful when enjoyed on your own as well. They add a little bit of magic back into the art of drinking tea.

Green tea, white tea, and black tea can all be used to create a blooming tea and a variety of different flowers are used as well.

Health Benefits of Oolong Tea

Oolong tea has been proven to help folks burn over 150% more fat when compared to Green Tea. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular teas when it comes to weight reduction.

Drinking just 2 cups of Oolong tea every day does not only help get rid of stubborn fat by improving your metabolic process, but also obstructs the unhealthy effects of carbs.

Oolong tea encourages beauty and health because Oolong tea includes a large quantity of polyphenol which

  • Encourages strong, wholesome teeth
  • Enhances brain function and psychological health
  • Prevents skin irritation and certain allergies
  • Gives skin a healthy, glow
  • Strengthens the immune system

Find out more about the health benefits of Oolong tea today.