Chinese Loose Tea
There are fifteen major tea-producing provinces in mainland China, and Taiwan also produces tea. Chinese teas are generally divided into six major types, mainly according to the method of production. These types are: green tea, black tea, Oolong tea, white tea, yellow tea and dark tea.
Besides these, there are processed sorts such as jasmine tea and compressed tea. Each type has its representative “celebrity tea”, each with its unique appearance and aroma, and some are even associated with beautiful legends.
Selection of Chinese famous tea
Green Tea
Black Tea
Green tea is the oldest type of tea in China, Many provinces and cities are renowned for their production of green tea, the most eminent provinces being Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Anhui.
In green tea the leaves are not fermented, so they largely retain the original flavour of tea, which is simple, elegant and enduring. At first sip, green tea may taste a little thin, but after a while it gains a fragrance in the mouth that lingers.
Black tea is a type of fermented tea;Tea made from green tea leaves is a fresh green while that made using black tea is orange-red. But this difference is superficial. .
Chinese Gongfu black teas are divided by region of origin into, for example, Qimen Gongfu of Anhui, Dianhong Gongfu of Yunnan, Ninghong Gongfu of Jiangxi, and Minhong Gongfu of Fujian.
Oolong Tea
Dark Tea
Oolong tea is somewhat intermediate between green and black tea. The finishing technique is that of green tea, but the preparation involves fermentation like black tea – it is a semi-fermented tea.
Chinese Oolong tea comes mainly from Fujian, and Guangdong, and is also grown in Taiwan. Fujian has been the hometown of tea since early times. Most tribute tea in the Song Dynasty came from Fujian, including the famous Dragon & Phoenix Cake tea, which many people believe to be the ancestor of Oolong tea.
Dark tea is a type of fermented tea. Pu’er tea and Six Castle tea are notable types of dark tea.
Dark tea was invented by accident. Long ago, in order to supply tea to the ethnic groups of the northwest, tea produced in Yunnan, Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, and other places had to be transported to the north by sea, and then to the northwest via the Silk Road.
White Tea
Yellow Tea
White tea is slightly fermented. In the Tang and Song Dynasties, people regarded white tea as very valuable, but at that time white tea was just a rare kind of tea tree whose leaves were white, not the same as the white tea we know today. White Hair Silver Needle and White Peony produced in Fujian are representatives of white tea.
Yellow tea is a type of fermented tea, the fermentation process here being known as “annealing yellow”. Junshan Silver Needle of Hunan and Mengdi Yellow Shoot of Sichuan are two representatives of yellow tea. Being one of the ten top teas of China, Silver Needle tea is both beautiful and delicious.
Scented Tea
Herbal Tea
Scented teas (also called flower teas) can be either green or white teas that are been infused with certain flowers, which impart a delicate and interesting taste, and of course a wonderful aroma. Scented tea is processed from first-class green tea scented with sweet-smelling flowers. The scented teas are named after the flower with which the tea is scented: Jasmine Tea, Yulan Tea (Chloranthus Tea).
Herbal tea, is a herbal or plant infusion and usually not made from the leaves of the tea bush (Camellia sinensis). Typically, herbal tea is simply the combination of boiling water and dried fruits, flowers or herbs.
Catagories of China Tea
Chinese tea can be divided into two parts.
One is called “basic tea”,the other is called” reprocessed tea”.
The basic tea has 6 kinds.green tea,black tea,white tea, oolong tea,yellow tea and dark green tea.The reprocessed tea includes scented tea, compressed tea and health tea.
Regards the method of producing loose tea