After some explanations of green/ white tea now some information about black tea. Black tea is the one who get drunk most around the world. By contrast to green, white one the black is fully fermented. In the west it refers black because of its color oxidised leaves. In the east some call it also „red tea“ because of the reddish colored liquid. One the most well known or famous black tea is Puh Erh Tea from Yunnan Province in south west China. They even get routes named „Tea horse Road“(cha ma dao) where tea caravans where transporting the tea from Yunnan province via Beijing or Tibet. Because of the long transport the tea get fermented and formed into bricks, disks or nests. The storage during the caravan transport was much easier then. So we can say the Puh Erh/ Pu Er was a by product of the „Tea Horse Road“ by itself. Because of these the tea has become a quite new flavor. It has created a specific kind of ‘black’tea, called hei cha.
An other well known black / red tea is the half fermented famous Oolong (black dragon)tea. From that tea the british took plants from Fujian province and brought it to India were it flourished and it became the famous Darjeeling tea.
more about tea ….soon
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Following the ancient wisdom of Chinese philosophy you should assimilate your intake according to the seasons. In the case of tea you should know which one is the best for which season. There are teas who are more cooling aspects and teas with warming aspects.
To understand it better its good to have an idea which sort of tea is available and which differences are between.
Actually their are three main types of tea:
- green tea (included white one)
- red tea (half fermented)
- black tea (full fermented)
Green Tea is called Lu Cha and its undergone only a little oxidation. It is getting collected in spring time. In spring the tea leaves are still very young and is given the best taste. Soon after picking the leaves undergoing a quick heat applying. This process reducing about 70% of the water the last 30% getting air tried. This is the best method to keep the natural taste. Green tea by itself has cooling aspect so the best time of course would be the summer to drink.
Red tea are the teas who are undergoing a half fermentation or better said oxidation process. This process is to make the tea encyme and its ingredients working better. Because of this process the color of the tea leaves gonna change into dark. Depend on the tea the degree of oxidation can have between 5 % – 80%. The most popular „red teas“ are Oolong tea or Puh Erh tea. The category „red tea“ is a just because of its reddish color after preparation and it is actually not really a own tea category. In China the family tea group get called Qing Cha. This tea is called energetic neutral and can be drunk the hole seasons.
Explanation about the black tea soon.
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