Yunomi: Spring Sencha Blend

Today, I received a package I had been waiting for, for about a week. It is, of course, my mystery sample from Yunomi Tea. Yunomi (pronounced “you-know-me”) is a global launchpad for small-scale tea farms, factories and other producers in Japan. We are focused on providing you with all that you need to live a…

Camellia sinensis

“Camellia sinensis originated in South East Asia, specifically around the intersection of latitude 29°N and longitude 98°E, the point of confluence of the lands of North East India, North Burma, South West China and Tibet. The plant was introduced to more than 52 countries, from this ‘centre of origin’.” (Mary Lou Heiss; Robert J. Heiss. The Story of Tea: A…

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.

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 Green Tea

Tea was discovered in its greenest form over five thousand years ago; some versions of history depict a flower falling into a cup of hot water while another has a man eating a leaf and realising how delicious it would be steeped in water. For centuries, all tea was green tea. Green tea is simply…