Darjeeling tea is a black tea harvested at the foothills of the Himalayas in the northern India region of Darjeeling. The aromas of this type of tea range from floral to fruity and chocolaty to smoky. Due to its exquisite flavor and wine-colored brewed, the United Kingdom Tea Council labeled Darjeeling Tea as the ‘Champagne of Teas’. Since it is grown in India, some have called it ‘The Champagne of India’.
History of Darjeeling Tea
In the 1800s the British were consuming a lot of tea. It was estimated that on average the annual consumption was 2 pounds per person. Instead of depending on China as the sole supplier, Britain wanted to grow their own tea. Of all the British colonies, the Darjeeling region in northern India has the most ideal land and climate for tea cultivation.
Tea plantation methods and tea processing were protected trade secrets in China. Robert Fortune, botanist, smuggled tea seeds out of China. The British hired Chinese tea farmers to extract the secrets in tea processing. In 1841 Arthur Campbell, surgeon and Superintendent of Darjeeling, directed the effort in cultivating the seeds…
Oolong tea, also known as Wu long, is a healthy drink that helps you lose weight. True! Drink oolong tea and lose weight.
It is said that drinking Oolong tea regularly enhances your metabolism. When you increase metabolism in a healthy way, more calories are burned and extra pounds shed off faster.
What is Oolong tea?
Coming from the Camelia Sinesis plant, oolong tea is known for its antioxidants quality. Oolong tea is prepared by a special process of fermentation which leads to semi-oxidation of the leaves.
Oolong is originated from China. Most of the current oolong production is from China and Taiwan with little coming from other regions.
How does oolong tea help to lose weight?
This tea has been discussed on shows like Oprah for its efficiency in helping people to lose weight. In many of the health shows, oolong tea has been featured as a healthy drink that sheds off those extra pounds. Drinking oolong tea for weight loss is widely known.
Polyphenols, the components found in oolong tea, are observed to activate enzymes that help dissolve adipose tissues (fat cells). The reduction of body fat and body…
“Chai” is a Hindi word for tea. Originally introduced in India by the British to end the tea monopoly in China. It soon started growing its roots in Indian culture. After the British left, chai started to dominate in India as a everyday drink. Ceylon (Sri Lanka) is also one of the leading countries
producing and consuming tea. It’s said that the Royal Family of the United Kingdom drinks Ceylon tea.
India is the second largest tea producer in the world, right after China. However, more than 70% of tea is consumed within India. Looking at the popularity and dependency, in 2013, India’s Planning Commission put plans to declare the tea officially as the National Drink of India.
The dominance of tea in Indian culture
Tea stalls are found in every street and corner of India. The country with one-third the size and four times the population of the US consumes three times the amount of tea as compared to Americans. In figures, the country consumes 837,000 tons of it every year.
Depending upon the region and the blend of tea, the taste of this beverage differs…
India is home to the largest tea producing regions in the world. Of the many tea-growing regions of India, the three most celebrated are Assam, Darjeeling and Nilgiri.
Assam is located in northeast India. It is the largest tea-growing region in the country. The tea produced here is known as Assamese tea and is mostly grown in the Brahmaputra Valley. This black tea is brightly colored and has strong, malty, raisin-sweet flavors. Interested in Assamese tea? Click here to take a look at EnjoyingTea.com’s variety of Assamese teas.
Nested in the Mahabharat Range (or Lesser Himalaya) is the famous tea-growing region of Darjeeling. Darjeeling tea is well-known for its true uniqueness and elegance. It is treasured for its rich, golden flavor and its distinctive taste. It has a bold flavor with a fruity aroma. Many consider Darjeeling to be the “champagne” of tea. At EnjoyingTea.com, you can find an exquisite Organic Darjeeling Black Tea, which is sure to…
Lu An Gua Pian, is the Chinese name for Emerald Petals Green Tea. Lu An is the region in the Dabie Mountains of the Western Anhui province of China, where the leaves are grown. Gua Pian refers to the term melon seeds in Chinese. The name describes the wet tea leaf’s shape thought to resemble melon seeds and so Lu An Gua Pian is also commonly called “Lu An Melon Seeds.” The tea later adapted to the name “Emerald Petals” green tea because of its beautiful look.
This green tea is comprised entirely of delicate, flat, vibrant, emerald green leaves. Unlike most teas, it is picked and processed using only the leaf. The buds and stems are carefully removed and only the first three leaves on each branch are used.
The dried leaves are long and narrow and when brewed, yield a lovely and refreshing floral aroma with a light green color, subtler than its exquisite emerald green leaves.
Emerald Petals green tea is an extremely smooth beverage, with a sweet and silky taste that slowly…
The history of the
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You’d never guess that the creation of teabags was actually a mistake!
In 1908, Thomas Sullivan, a tea importer, decided that in order to cut costs, he would send loose tea…
“Gaiwan” refers to a popular type of covered teacup, which has been used in China since the Ming Dynasty, during the mid-1300s. Gaiwans are elegant and simple, often made from porcelain, and consist of a saucer, bowl and lid. Since gaiwans are covered teacups, they can be used in place of a teapot and are excellent to use when brewing teas with delicate aromas and flavors like white, green or oolong teas.
The process to brew tea with a gaiwan is quite simple with a few easy steps to follow:
- Bring your water to a boil.
- Pour water into the gaiwan teacup.
- Measure your tea. The amount of tea that you will add will depend on the size of your gaiwan teacup and the type of tea that you are brewing.
- Close the gaiwan, place on the saucer and gently shake it; then allow the tea to steep. The amount of time that you allow your tea to brew will depend on the type of tea that you choose and most teas advise will advise you of…
Mao Jian is a popular type of green tea that is from the southeast interior Anhui Province of China. It is grown near Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, an area rich in its variety of green teas.
The best Mao Jian is harvested in early spring. Unlike some teas, when picking Mao Jian only the new tea buds and the leaf nearest to the bud are picked. After being picked, these Chinese tea leaves are gently pan-fried to stop the oxidation process from occurring.
The tea consists of beautiful, dark green, long, curled leaves with silvery tips, which have been firmly rolled and are pointed on both ends. It is well known and treasured for its distinctive, refreshing taste and pleasant aroma and when brewed, it yields a beautiful golden color with a subtle tint of green. Its fragrance is clean and vegetal and its taste is sweet and subtle.
Like other green teas, Mao Jian is caffeinated and contains the same well-known anti-oxidants. The tea’s creamy texture and delicious taste is calming and it is the…