How to Store Tea

It has recently become more and more obvious that people just don’t know how to store tea correctly. It’s kept in its box or bag and that’s it – job done. However, there are so many factors that affect whether the tea you will have today is different from the one tomorrow. Below I have…

Fukamushi-Cha Tea Tasting Review

The secret to different teas lies in the cultivation and further processing. Sencha is made from green tea leaves that are cultivated in direct sunlight and are harvested in the first or second flush. The leaves of the upper shoots (which are younger) are used because they are of higher quality than those of the…

Kakegawa City

On the 15th December my compatriots and I, travelled to Kensington, London, to participate in a Kakegawa tea tasting event. This event featured a slide show presentation discussing the tea growing region Kakegawa propounded by Asako Steward, followed by an opportunity to taste Fukamushi-Cha, through both the official Japanese tea tasting evaluation style as well…

History Quiz

Some holiday fun, all the answers can be found in the previous history blogs. Have fun and don’t forget to comment how you did at: https://www.facebook.com/shennongofkent/ or https://twitter.com/ShennongOfKent or even comment below. The winner might just get a prize.

Medicinal Properties of Tea

The medicinal properties associated with tea, as well as the low caffeine levels, are not supported by modern scientific studies. This is due to the fact that the tea plant grows in so many regions and can be processed in so many different ways, tests on one tea do not prove effects of all tea….

History of Tisane

Tisane (pronounced tee-zahn) has many claimed origins, some sources credit the term coming from the Greek word ptisanē (originally referring to a beverage made from the crushed grains of pearl barley). Others refer to the French as coining the term, one could argue that Ti (Tea) and Sans (French for “without”) or Ti (Tea) and…

History of Pu’er Tea

The Pu’er tea consists of two completely different categories. One is called “Raw Pu’er Tea” and another is “Ripe Pu’er Tea”. Raw Pu’er tea has a very long history and it was the tea traded through The Ancient Tea Route. Raw Pu’er tea is also the tea that many tea collectors are enthusiastically searching for….

History of Oolong Tea

Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea somewhere between green (no oxidation) and black (fully oxidised) teas in oxidation. Therefore, it is known as semi-oxidised or partially oxidised. The camellia sinensis plant is where not only Oolong tea comes from, but where green, black and white tea comes from too. Oolong tea, so named after its…

History of White Tea

White tea leaves are picked shortly before the buds have fully opened and is therefore made from immature leaves; tea leaves are processed less than green tea leaves, so instead of air-drying, the unwithered leaves are merely steamed. This results in a place tea with a sweet, silky flavour. The silver fuzz that still covers…

History of Black Tea

Until the mid-17th century (late Ming, early Qing Dynasty), the only teas consumed in China were Green (un-oxidised) and Oolong (semi-oxidised) teas. The tale goes that while a passing army entered the Fujian Province, they decided to take shelter at a nearby tea factory. This held up production at the factory and leaves were left…