Discovering Chinese teas

On 12 March 2019
Chinese cup of tea - THEODOR

Chinese lands give us cups which are as delicate as they are varied, and the tea house selected the most beautiful plantations to introduce you to the best of origin and plain tea.

Chinese teas can be very different, depending on the region they come from, climate, oxidisation and manufacturing processes...
You can distinguish them depending on their leaves' color when they are brewed (according to their level of oxidisation), they are ofter divided into different "tea categories", allowing tea lovers to find easily what they are looking for. It is true that it's not always simple to get your bearings among all of the varieties (yes, we concede it...) so let's have a closer look at the most important ones:

  • Among them, of course you find Chinese green teas; coming from Hunan or Yunnan region or even the famous Gunpowder tea. They are non-oxidized teas which are very appreciated for their light and vegetal notes, as much as the numerous health benefits they are known for.
  • Unlike them, Pu Erh teas are very oxidised and are also subject to a post-fermentation beforehand that can last years. Lovers of these teas will enjoy a cup of 'Pu Erh Terre de Chine' or even 'Pu Erh Chine Millésimé' to start the day on a high note.
  • China also gives us its most beautiful "red teas", a designation that is typical of China (because of the leaves' color when they are brewed) and that you know better as "black teas" (be careful not to mistake them with rooibos, sometimes called 'red tea' due to its little loose leaves). We can only recommend the 'Wulong Rou Gui', or 'Keemun F.O.P.', or also a 'Grand Yunnan Impérial' for exceptional tea times.
  • There are also the famous oolong teas, which are semi-fermented teas and that are often called "blue-green tea" due to their leaves' color when they are brewed.
  • Also to be discovered, 'tea bricks' or 'pressed tea', the perfect size to carry your tea anywhere and especially for the proper dose when savoring a cup of your favorite black tea or Chinese Pu Er tea.
  • Without forgetting the famous white teas, rarer but not less renowned for their delicacy and their health benefits. They are not subject to any oxidisation and only theirs buds are harvested, with sometimes just a few leaves, which is why they offer great refinement and delicacy in your mouth and taste buds simply love it!
    Now the time has come to prepare yourself a little cup of 'Baï Mu Tan', with great subtlety and freshness, or why not a 'Y.Z. White Snow Spiral' with pretty twisted leaves...