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What are Chinese Compressed Tea Bricks and Cakes?

made in Yunnan Province, the home of Pu-erh tea
compressed tea cakes are commonly referred to as "Chi Tse Beeng Cha" in China
tea is compressed into bricks and cakes of various sizes for easier storage, and convenience in transportation
green brick/cake teas are aged completely naturally; mature brick/cake teas are given their aged taste more quickly by stacking the tea before compression

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25-Year Green Pu-erh Flakes

1990 Mature Pu-erh Brick

1989 Xiaguan Green Pu-erh Brick

1992 Green Pu-erh Brick

1994 Plum Blossom Pu-erh Cake

1994 Plum Blossom Pu-erh Cake

1999 Ding Xing Pu-erh Cake

1999 Song Pin Blue Label Pu-erh Cake

1999 Song Pin Red Label Pu-erh Cake

1996 Old Tree Green Pu-erh Cake

1992 Green Pu-erh Brick

What is Chinese Compressed Tea?

compressed tea is formed using pu-erh tea leaves
the pu-erh tea leaves are steamed, pressed into shape and dried; common shapes are bricks and cakes
tuocha compressed tea is formed in the shape of a nest, usually 100g in weight; for the convenience of everyday use, mini tuocha, weighing about 5 grams, are popular
compressed pu-erh tea can be stored for years, decades even, it undergoes continuous fermentation and should be stored in contact with air at room temperature
similar to black tea, compressed tea improves with age; some of the best pu-erh tea cakes can be up to 70 years old and very expensive
best brewed at 100C using one part tea to six parts water
compressed pu-erh tea is commonly brewed using the Gong Fu brewing method

Chinese Tea for You brings you a wide range of fine Chinese compressed teas; to see our selection simply click on the links below.

Compressed Tea Bricks and Cakes

Compressed Tuocha and Tribute Tea

Teasets for Sharing Your Tea

The drinking of Chinese tea is used as a relaxation exercise. What could be better than using a teaset to share a good, relaxing cup of Chinese tea with family and friends?

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Characters Gaiwan Teaset

Fish Teaset

Green Lotus Teaset

Goldfish Teaset Teaset

Characters Gaiwan Teaset with Serving Jug

Characters Teapot Teaset

Butterfly Teaset

What is Chinese Scented/Flower/Blooming Tea?

scented tea is a base of any tea in which the fragrance of a flower is diffused
jasmine is the most fragrant and popular scented tea; much of the green tea grown in China is made into jasmine tea
flower tea is made using only dried flowers which undergo very little processing
chrysanthemum, osmanthus and rose are common flower teas
blooming tea is a hand crafted tea in which edible flowers are hand tied in a ball of tea leaves
when brewed (preferably in a [link=http://www.chineseteaforyou.com/site/1023330/page/534719]glass teapot or cup) the blooming tea ball can be seen to slowly open, giving the appearance of a blossoming flower

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Spring Tip Jasmine

Silver Tip Jasmine

Jasmine Pearl

Tai Chi Jasmine Pearl

Rose Buds

Pink Rose Buds

Osmanthus

Flower Jasmine

Keemun Rose

Blooming Heart Jasmine

Blooming Lily Jasmine

Blooming Globosa

Blooming Jasmine Globosa

Blooming Lily

Blooming Marigold

Blooming Jasmine

Blooming Chrysanthemum

Blooming Tea Sampler Set

What is a Gaiwan?

Gaiwan in Chinese means "covered bowl." It is actually a bowl, a lid and a saucer, and has been used in China since the Ming dynasty. There are some alternative names resulting from different spelling and translation; "guywan" and "lidded bowl", for example.

The gaiwan is best for brewing delicate teas; it can be used for steeping, serving and drinking.

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Fish Gaiwan 100ml

Green Lotus Gaiwan 100ml

Plum Blossom Gaiwan 100ml

Landscape Gaiwan 100ml

Characters Gaiwan 100ml

Glass Gaiwan 125ml

Glass Gaiwan 220ml

Butterfly Gaiwan 100ml

What is Chinese Red Tea?

red tea is fully fermented tea
key processing steps: Withering, Rolling, Baking
processing turns leaves red; brewed tea also red
red tea is made from the more mature leaves on the plant
generally brewed at 100C using one part tea to five or six parts water
red tea is commonly brewed using the Gong Fu brewing method
Chinese red tea is usually referred to as black tea in the west

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Keemun Red

Keemun Rose

Yunnan Dian Hong

Do you know what is a Yixing teapot?

Yixing (pronounced yeeshing) teapots are considered to be the best in which to brew oolong, pu-erh and red Chinese teas, and have been used for around a thousand years. They are hand made from purple clay (zisha) which comes from Yixing, an area northwest of Shanghai. The teapot is not glazed resulting in a better brewed tea.

To find out more, please look at the Yixing Teapot page provided by Chinese Tea for You.

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Brown Yixing Teapot 150ml

Poem Yixing Teapot 275ml

Vine Decorated Yixing Teapot 200ml

Black Yixing Teapot 400ml

Brown Yixing Teapot with Infuser 200ml

What is Chinese Black Tea?

key processing steps: Killing the Green, Rolling, Stacking, Baking
black tea is made from the more mature leaves on the plant
the stacking process is a secondary fermentation process which turns the leaves dark brown
black teas store very well and mature with age
though ready to drink after processing, the longer black tea is stored the better
generally brewed at 100C using one part tea to eight parts water
the Gong Fu method of brewing is often used for black teas
black teas have a strong musty, earthy aroma and taste
Chinese black tea is not the English black tea; that is Chinese red tea!!

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Spring Tip Pu-erh

15-Year Pu-erh

18-Year Pu-erh

20-Year Pu-erh

Big Leaf Pu-erh

Aged Liu An

Do you know what is Gong Fu tea brewing?

Gong Fu (Kung Fu, Gung Fu) tea brewing is a traditional method of brewing Chinese tea. This method requires much practice, and the name Gong Fu literally means skilful. This brewing method is used for oolong teas, pu-erh teas and red teas; by using it, the full characteristics of the tea are revealed.

The drinking of Chinese tea is used as a relaxation exercise. Though the Gong Fu tea brewing method involves certain procedures, these are simply to make a good cup of tea to be enjoyed with family and friends. This is in sharp contrast to the strict rules and formality of the Japanese Chado ceremony.

To find out more, please look at the Gong Fu Tea Brewing page provided by Chinese Tea for You.

What Is Taiwan Oolong Tea?

Taiwan oolong is also known as Formosa oolong; Formosa, the previous name of Taiwan, means "Beautiful" in Portuguese, as called by the first European explorers
the original oolong tea plants came from China; due to limited cross-cultivation, oolong tea plants in Taiwan are very pure with only seven or eight varieties
most Taiwan (Formosa) oolong teas are grown in high mountain regions; the cooler environment leads to slower growth and fewer crops meaning the tea is always in demand
in Taiwan, high mountain oolong teas are considered the best
the additional firing which oolong teas undergo, gives the Taiwan oolong teas a darker colour and stronger flavour

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Four Seasons Spring Oolong

Jade Oolong

Ginseng Oolong

Wenshan Pouchong

Oriental Beauty

Dong Ding Oolong

Lishan Oolong

Shanlihsi Oolong


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