Teas of the World: Chinese Yunnan Teas

The Yunnan Province of China is home to some of the finest teas from China. A few years ago the Chinese government even went so far as to give approval to a proposal that limits the labeling of any Chinese tea as “pu-erh” to only those grown and processed in this province. This was in …

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Pairing Tea and Food — Simple Summer Couscous Salad and Golden Yunnan Tea

Here is the 2nd of the baker’s dozen (13) of recipes that I selected off of a foodie site since they seem to really fit this bill of going great with tea. This is a more unusual recipe to serve with tea but seems to fit this time of year. After reading my take on …

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Yunnan Black Tea (Dian Hong)

As much as I like a great cup of Chinese or Japanese green tea, I have to say that, for me, there's nothing quite like black tea. I've said it many times before and I'm sure I'll say it many more - for me Assam is the be all and end all when it comes …

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Review ― Golden Heaven Yunnan from The English Tea Store

Tea Name: Golden Heaven Yunnan Tea Type: Black tea from Yunnan Province of China One whiff from the package, and hubby and I were in love. A deliciously jammy fragrance greeted us. As expected, the leaves had that mottled brown and gold appearance. We followed the vendor’s recommendation to steep in boiling water and did …

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The Tea Provinces of China, Part II

Continued from Part I. Six more provinces in China known for their fine teas: Hunan Located northwest of Anhui. Tea production goes back 2,000 years, and this province is now the second largest producer of tea in China, with compressed teas being most common. Produces Gu Zhang Maojian, Yellow Tea, Silver Needles teas. Jiangxi Borders …

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My Favorite Black Tea(s)

I'm in a quandry. Asking me about my favorite black tea is like asking me about my favorite wine. While I enjoy both black tea and wine on their own, I really enjoy both paired with food. Trouble is that some pairings are better than others. While I can say without a doubt that my …

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Yunnan Black Teas

While I consider myself to be somewhat of an universalist when it comes to tea (I'll drink tea from anywhere), I admit to a strong bias for Chinese black teas, particularly those from Yunnan. While Yunnan is perhaps best known in the tea world as the producer of pu'erh, it also grows and makes some …

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Reading Tea Leaves — Black Teas

Fourth in this round of that practical approach to reading tea leaves. Before steeping, these leaves tell of the process they endured once plucked from the tea bush (Camellia Sinensis). After steeping, they reveal their true nature more fully. There is such variety in the leaves from one to another. Here are tales from a …

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Tea Threes

Tea threes are a way to approach your tea time enjoyment. Three seems to be a number that comes up a lot, so why not apply it to teas? Genies, when extruded from their lamps via the sufficient amount of polishing of the lamps’ exteriors, grant you three wishes. A great time to wish for …

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Yunnan Basics

Lots of great teas come out of China, recognized by many in the professional tea world as the country in which tea drinking originated. Nestled in the southern part of that country is the Yunnan Province, renowned for some very fine Chinese teas. Bordering Tibet, Burma, the northern most part of Vietnam, Myanmar, and a …

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