An important role in making the perfect cup of tea is the quality of water. The quality of water will affect the way the flavours in the tea leaves dissolve and therefore affects the quality of the tea. Lu Yu said “spring water was best, followed by river water, and then well water”. The amount of minerals in the water seems to have been an important consideration. However, for most people nowadays the problem is that it’s practically impossible to find such “natural” water that is unpolluted. As for tap water, that is often highly chlorinated. The best option therefore is one of the various types of bottled spring water.
Drinking Tea is an exquisite and … Read the rest
Just as in green tea, the extract is loaded with plant nutrients called phytochemicals. They’re among some of nature’s strongest and most beneficial substances. The anti-oxidant rich phytochemicals, powerfully defend against the damages caused by free radicals in our bodies.
The free radicals are ‘missing a screw’; literally, they have an unpaired electron, which makes them unstable. They form fast chain reactions and can destabilize other molecules – that’s not good for us. The anti-oxidants found in Green Tea Extract neutralize the free radicals, and in so doing provide a number of noted benefits including: treating headaches, correcting poor digestion, and lowering cholesterol. Not only does the extract provide anti-oxidants, but studies have shown that our blood’s capacity for holding … Read the rest
Pottery from China caused a sensation when the English first saw it – the quality was far superior to any European equivalent. Hence they named it ‘china’, and the name remains to this day. The first teapots came from China, the home of tea, and were introduced to Europe in the 17th century. They tended to be small individual pots, with tiny matching cups. These days you can buy any kind of teapot imaginable, from novelty china pots to elegant silver or even cheap aluminium. But what makes an indispensable teapot?
Choosing your pot
The ‘fat old brown betty’ pot is found in most homes, and is used many times a day. It’s a functional teapot – the … Read the rest
Originally, this tea produce is a cultivar (a plant variety which was produced through selective breeding). It was derived from a tea bush found in different regions of Taiwan. It is more popularly known in those areas as Jin Xuan, cultivar of camellia sinensis. Jin Xuan, also known as Tai Cha #12, is a relatively new discovery, developed just in the 1980’s. Such that all good oolongs come from a specific tea bush cultivar, the uniqueness of each is relative from which territory it was cultured. Today, Jin Xuan is one of Taiwan’s four main cultivars— this is not a small feat as there are hundreds of cultivars grown in Taiwan alone. THis tea, therefore, is made of pure herb … Read the rest