A single leaf, falling into the water, changed the taste of the water, and since then there has been tea. China is the hometown of tea, not only because the world's first tea tree was cultivated here, but also because tea has become a culture here. It definitely wouldn't be right to drink black tea according to the standards for green tea, or a dark tea following the standards for oolong tea. If we were to do so, we would just sigh and say "what a poor tea it is". Tea trees are sprouting every year, allowing us to taste more and more tea. If you focus on the key points of tea as you discover it more and more, you will be able to understand it.
In order to let more tea lovers understand Chinese tea, Tongxinshe Teahouse has launched this "Chinese Tea Discovery Set", a total of 10 Chinese teas, including six major categories of Chinese teas. The teas in this collection are made of good raw materials that undergo appropriate and skillful processing. Last but not least, we present teas with the standard quality characteristics of a given tea category, which will help you to establish the correct taste through savouring these teas. In the future it will also let you choose the tea that suits you best. The selection of teas in this collection is more suitable for beginners and casual tea drinkers as it will let them discover the standard taste characteristics of each main tea category. Although it is usually said there are six categories, in fact, there are seven major types of tea including reprocessed tea. We offer these teas in servings suitable for a gaiwan or teapot of 120 ml – you can just use the whole package without the need to weigh the tea. I made custom labels with precise brewing instructions. When brewing according to the method suggested on the label, you should be able to taste the characteristics of each tea.
Tea is classified based on the degree of fermentation: green tea, white tea, yellow tea, turquoise tea (oolong tea), black tea, dark tea, as well as flower tea, also known as "fragrant petals" (xiang pian), which is a tea made with flowers, leaves or fruits of plants other than tea. This is a kind of reprocessed tea unique to China.
1: 2022•Green Tea•Longjing Tea•Zhejiang•Hangzhou
The dry tea is flat and elegant, with a delicate orchid fragrance. As the water is poured in, the tea soup becomes light yellow and bright, the floral aroma and the taste are well integrated and balanced. The mouthfeel is soft, the taste is sweet, and the aroma lingers for a long time.
2: 2022 - White Tea - Fuding - Taimushan / White Peony
A first-grade peony tea from Taimushan, the core production area of Fuding White Tea. The dry tea is composed of a bud and two leaves, with visible white hairs. The flowery aroma of young tea leaves is natural and pure. The soup is bright, with apricot-yellow color. The taste is refreshing and sweet, with elegant and fresh floral aroma in the soup. It leaves a light honey fragrance in the empty cup. The infused leaves are glossy and lively.
3: 2022 - Yellow tea - Sichuan - Ya'an - Mengdingshan
The dry tea is slightly flat and straight in shape, with a tender yellow and oily colour, full buds with abundance of hairs and a slightly sweet aroma. The tea soup slowly enters the mouth, leaving the tongue, the taste buds, the base of the tongue and the throat with a savoury-sweet flavour. The infused leaves are bright yellow with sweet aroma.
Tea vessel: white porcelain gaiwan or a glass
4: 2022 - Black Tea - Fujian - Wuyishan - Tongmuguan - Fei Zi Xiao
Produced in the Wuyishan Nature Reserve, picked at an altitude of 1000m above sea level
The young buds and leaves present a very strong floral, fruity and milky aroma. Black tea is warming to the stomach and is suitable for consumption all year round.
5: 2022 - Oolong Tea - Fujian - Anxi - Tieguanyin
Strong aroma, dry tea is tightly curled and brownish green. Brown rice aroma followed by a disctinct orchid aroma, light milky aroma left at the bottom of the cup. Yellow and transparent tea soup, smooth and sweet. Infused leaves are uniform and lively, green with red edges.
6: 2021 - Oolong Tea - Fujian - Wuyi - Dahongpao
A local tea bush variety from Wuyishan, a Nature's blend from a group of sexually propagated wild species, medium roasted.
The tea is dark brown and uniform, with a rich floral and fruity aroma when brewed.
Long lasting, lightly creamy aroma hanging in the cup.
The soup is orange-red in colour, soft and mellow in texture. After drinking one can experience returning sweetness, increased salivation and a refreshing cool feeling in the throat.
It is full of the mineral "Rock Rhythm". The infused leaves are a clear and glossy.
7: 2016-Dark Tea-Yunnan-Menghai-Ripe Pu'er Tea
Selected from the raw material of Menghai Big Tree Tea variety, fermentation supervised by Du Qiongzhi. The cakes are golden brown and oily, with pure aroma.
Sweet malty aroma intertwined with aged aroma is revealed upon pouring water on the leaves.
The soup is red and rich, with a sweet, sticky and smooth mouthfeel. It leaves a pleasant moist feeling in the mouth, with a long and lingering ageing flavour. The infused leaves are brown, lively and glossy.
8: 2014 - Yunnan-Bulang Mountain-Raw Pu'er Tea
An exclusive blend by Mr. Du Qiongzhi
"Aromatic, sweet and soft" character is apparent.
The dry tea looks oily and moist with visible white hairs. After steeping the tea soup is
honey-yellow and translucent, with floral and honey aroma hanging in the cup.
The aroma melts into the water, the mouthfeel is sweet and smooth, with a slightly astringent aftertaste and returning sweetness.
The tea is quickly transforming, the soup feels full. The infused leaves are thick but soft.
9: 2021-Guangdong-Xinhui-Xiao Qing Gan
2008 Gongting Pu'er plus old tree tangerine from Tianma village, traditionally sun-dried.
The fruity and clear aroma of the citrus peel blends with the mellow woody aroma of ripe pu-erh.
The tea soup is sweet, thick, smooth and sticky.
The colour of the soup is bright and red, without the sourness of the fresh green tangerine.
A truly high quality and tasty Xiao Qing Gan.
10: 2021-Floral Tea-Fujian-Fuzhou
Made using buds of Sichuan green tea as the base, scented four times with jasmine flowers. White hairs are abundant on the dry leaves. It has a lot of freshness and the sweet flowery fragrance lingers for a long time. Mouth-watering with nice returning sweetness in the aftertaste. The infused leaves are tender.
The teas included in this sample are of great quality and a great educational tool. I love that the TGY is slightly roasted and the inclusion of a jasmine green. Much love to the folks at TXS.