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CHINESE GREEN TEAS
BI LUO CHUN
Originally grown in the Dong Ting mountain of Tai Hu, Jiangsu Province. It has a delicate appearance, fruity taste and floral aroma. Bi Luo Chun literally means Green Snail Spring.
Chun Mee tea is the most popular eyebrow tea, named after their shape when dried. It is the daily green tea choice for most Chinese and has been a favourite for 400 years. It has a dusty appearance and is more acidic and less sweet than other green teas.This tea has a provocative plum-like aftertaste, and a lingering sweet fragrance.
DA FANG TEA
Da Fang tea is origianally from Huang Shan, Anhui Province in China. It is named after Da Fang - the Buddhist monk who developed the tea while he lived in a temple at the top of Lao Zhu Feng Mountain during the late Song Dynasty in the 14th century.
Da Fang tea is a strong green tea with a sweetness that is reminiscent of roasted Chinese Chestnuts. Also, it has been recognized as one of China's top ten famous teas. Da Fang tea is highly recommended to those with a taste for strong green teas.
DRAGONWELL TEA (Longjing Tea)
Green tea from the Chinese village of Dragon Well (Lung Ching). The production of Dragon Well tea began about 1200 years ago. The earliest Dragon Well tea was produced in the areas surrounding ancient "Dragon" well below the Lion Mountain of Zhejiang province in China.
Dragon Well tea is refreshingly smooth, sweet and delicate, among the very best of Chinese greens. Dragon Well tea is famous for its four unique characteristics.Its jade green colour, sweet fragrance, pure and mellow chestnut-like flavor and the beautiful shape of its leaves.
There are 7 grades of Longjing: Superior, Special, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Steeped, it has a yellow-green colour, a gentle, pure aroma, and a rich flavor. It contains Vitamin C, amino acids, and the highest concentration of catechins among all teas.
For the infusion the water temperature should only be brought up to 185 deg F (85 deg C), a higher temperature will degrade the taste and nutritional value of the tea.
Dragonwell tea is usually served in a glass to enjoy beauty of the tea leaves rising and falling in the water. This adds to the tea drinking experience.
GENMAICHA (Brown-Rice Tea)
This green tea is combined with roasted brown rice, and was originally drunk by poor Japanese. The rice served as a cheap filler. It has a light yellow hue, it's flavor is mild with a fresh grassy flavor of green tea and the aroma of the roasted rice.
A green Chinese tea produced in Zhejiang Province. When buying gunpowder tea it is important to look for shiny pellets, which indicate that the tea is relatively fresh.Several types of green teas are commonly rolled into "gunpowder" form, including Chunmee, Tieguanyin, Huang Guanyin, and Dong Ding, as well as many other oolong and higher-end jasmine teas. The flavour varies according to the growing location of tea.
GOU GU NAO
Gou Gu Nao is originally from the Jiangxi Province. Roughly translated the teas name is Dog Head Mountain, after the shape of the summit where it was first grown.
Like all green tea, it should be served at a water temperature of no more than 80-85 degrees centigrade, and rested for 3 to 5 minutes.
A green tea from the Zhejiang region. Green Anji looks almost black when dry, but shows its true colour when infused, producing a light cup with a smooth, mellow taste and a gentle, soothing aroma.
HOU KUI TEA
The name "Hou Kui Tea" is a combination of both its creator and its producing area. The word "Hou" refers to Hou Keng Village in An Hui Province where the highest grade of this tea is made, and the word "Kui" refers to tea-grower Wang Kui-Cheng who first made this tea by improving a local green tea "Jian Cha" around 1900.
Other names for this tea are Tea King Monkey Chief, Tea King Monkey King, and Tea King Monkey Tea.
The tea is at its best with water temperature below boiling. It received gold medal rank at the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition. Since then it has gotten numerous other awards and it has become a "world famous" tea.
Hou Kui tastes wonderfully complex and nutty at first sip, then the sweetness of this tea is slowly revealed. The liquor has a lingering, sweet aftertaste with a hint of flowery overtones. It is one of the top 10 green teas in the world.
It has a light smoky fragrance and taste at first but this is quickly replaced by a sensational floral sweet taste.
A tea from Tiantai County and named after a peak in the Tiantai mountain range.
HUANGSHAN MAO FENG
This is a green tea produced in the Anhui province. The tea is an apricot-colored brew with a sweet, clean flavour and a slight fragrance of wild peaches.
From Ci-mu Mountain, Jing-ning County and has a yellowish green, firmly rolled appearance. Steeped the tea is clear green with an orchid fragrance.
Hyson translated means "flourishing spring". This tea is picked before the rainy season to embody the warm, sunny, fresh green character you would expect from a springtime experience.
The leaves are pan fired and slightly coarse, giving this tea a good body.Hyson's taste can range from fairly pungent to quite light, with a fresh, slightly sweet flavour.
To brew this tea steep for 2-3 minutes in water that does not exceed 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Excessive temperature and longer steep times can cause the tea to become bitter and astringent.
Green tea has cardiovascular health benefits, and is said to aid cancer patients. The Mayo Clinic conducted a study and found that a component in green tea helps to kill leukemia cells. Green tea's primary catechin, EGCG (which stands for epigallocatechin-3-gallate) appears to interrupt survival signals between leukemia cells, thus prompting them to die prematurely.
The tea is produced from young tea buds and leaves. Long Ding Green Tea has a sweet and flowery taste with a slight hint of nutty flavor to it. It is soothing and refreshing to drink.
A tea from Tian Mu, also known as Green Top. This rare tea is picked only two weeks each spring. It is a bright and elegant tea, wonderfully complex with natural sweetness and nutty notes.
A tea from Nanjing. Nanjing Rain Flower Green Tea leaves have a delicate appearance and fresh taste.
SHUI XI CUI BO
From Jiangsu Province
Tun Lu green tea grows near Huangshan City. Suroubded by mountains heavy with cloud and mist making for a good quality tea.
XIN YANG MAO JIAN
A Chinese tea also known as Green Tip, or Tippy Green. It has sweet floral notes which persist well into the finish with a very refreshing aftertaste.
A steamed tea known as Gyokuro (Jade Dew) made in the Japanese style. This tea from Hubei province has a powerful green colour, beautiful to behold. The taste is mild and sweet and very palatable.
A tea also known as Cloud and Mist. This tea has a smooth mouthfeel and a light hint of plum fruit taste.
JAPANESE GREEN TEAS
BANCHA (Common Tea)
Sencha harvested is between summer and autumn. The leaves are larger than Sencha and the flavor is less full.
GYOKURO (Jade Dew)
This tea has high amino acids (Theanine) and caffeine low catechin (the source of bitterness in tea) giving to a sweet flavour.
HO-JICHA (Pan Fried Tea)
Tis is a A strong roasted green tea, that is roasted over charcoal. It has a toasty, slightly caramel-like flavour, and is low in cafine making it a good bedtime drink.
KABUSECHA (Covered Tea)
Kabusecha Sencha has a mellower flavor and more subtle color than Sencha grown in direct sunlight.
KUKICHA (Stalk Tea)
A twig tea, it is a Japanese blend of green tea made of stems, stalks, and twigs. Kukicha has a nutty and slightly creamy flavour, with a slight taste of rooibos.
See DRAGON WELL Tea above.
MATCHA (Rubbed Tea)
The highest grades of matcha have more intense sweetness and deeper flavour than the standard or coarser grades of tea harvested later in the year. They are used in the Japanese tea ceremony, as well as to dye and flavour mochi and soba noodles, green tea ice cream and a variety of wagashi (Japanese confectionery).
Used for centuries in Okinawa for its many health promoting properties, this exceptional green tea is now rapidly gaining a reputation in the West as a much sought after "slimming tea" and health drink.
SENCHA (Broiled Tea)
Sencha is unground green tea. When steeped some resemble leaf vegetable greens in smell, appearance, and taste.
This is a tea that has a tangy, berry-like taste, with a long almondy aftertaste and a deep aroma with tones of citrus, grass and berries.
CEYLON GREEN TEA
Ceylon green teas have a characteristic darker colour. The flavour is different than Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Brazilian green teas. Ceylon teas have a fuller body and more pungent, malty and nutty flavour.
BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA
Tea is the second most consumed beverage on Earth, right behind water.Presently 500 billion cups of tea are consumed worldwide each year, thats an average of about 100 cups per person! Americans and Europeans prefer black teas, while Asians are mostly green tea drinkers.
Many health benefits have been attributed to green teas. Some proven, many still in debate. One thing is for sure they don't seem to do any harm. Therefore they show to have a positive force in life, so why not try them.
Here is a list of benefits claimed for green tea:
- Green tea is a good source of antioxidants. It contains catechins, powerful antioxidants found in great quantity in green tea.
- A japanese study showed heavy green tea drinkers are 26% less likely to die from heart disease.
- Research in both animals and humans has shown that green tea contains compounds that can help lower LDL cholesterol. In a study conducted recently in Brazil, people who took capsules containing a green tea extract experienced a 4.5% reduction in LDL cholesterol.
- In most forms of cancer, green tea cancer studies are showing positive results.
- Green tea helps patients recover from heart attacks and strokes.
- Studies suggests green tea inhibits atherosclerosis, the hardening and thickening of arteries.
- Several studies show that green tea reduces high blood pressure.
- Tea compounds EGCG and theaflavins have been found to increase insulin activities and reduce blood sugar. (The effects were shown to almost cancel out when milk was added to the tea.)
- Green tea's fat burning property help you burn fat and exercise longer.
- Green tea protects you from lung cancer by reducing cellular damage by 25% caused by cigarette smoke.
- Green tea prevents liver damage in heavy alcohol drinkers.
- A study on tea drinkers found that 5 small cups a day boost the immunity level against flu and cold.
- Tea is known to stimulate alpha brain waves, calm the body and promote relaxed awareness. It also helps regenerate damaged brain cells.
- It prevents tooth decay and reduces bad breath.
- Two cups of green tea a day help preserve bone density and reduce osteoporosis risk.
- UK Scientists found that tea is healthier than pure water. Tea rehydrates as well as water does, and gives many other health benefits.
So drink Green tea for a healthier you.
THE BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA IN REDUCING AN IMPORTANT RISK FACTOR FOR HEART DISEASE
July 29, 2008/ More evidence for the beneficial effect of green tea on risk factors for heart disease has emerged in a new study reported in the latest issue of European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.
1. The study found that the consumption of green tea rapidly improves the function of (endothelial) cells lining the circulatory system; endothelial dysfunction is a key event in the progression of atherosclerosis. The study, performed by Dr Nikolaos Alexopoulos and colleagues at the 1st Cardiology Department, Athens Medical School in Greece, was a randomised trial involving the diameter measurement (dilatation) of the brachial artery of healthy volunteers on three separate occasions - after taking green tea, caffeine, and hot water (for a placebo effect). The measurements were taken at 30, 90 and 120 minutes after consumption. Dilatation of the brachial artery as a result of increased blood flow (following a brief period of ischaemia of the upper limb) is related to endothelial function and is known to be an independent predictor of cardiovascular risk.
2.Results showed that endothelium-dependent brachial artery dilatation increased significantly after drinking green tea, with a peak increase of 3.9 per cent 30 minutes after consumption. The effect of caffeine consumption (or hot water) was not significant.
While black tea has been associated with improved short and long-term endothelial performance, this is the first time that green tea has been shown to have a short-term beneficial effect on the large arteries. Another study has already shown that green tea reverses endothelial dysfunction in smokers.
Green tea, which originates in China but is now consumed throughout the world, is made with pure leaves, and has undergone little oxidisation during processing. The cardiovascular benefits of all teas - as well as dark chocolate and red wine - are attributed to the flavonoids they contain and their antioxidant activity.3 However, says investigator Dr Charalambos Vlachopoulos, flavonoids in green tea are probably more potent antioxidants than in black tea because there has been no oxidisation.
"These findings have important clinical implications," says Dr Vlachopoulos. "Tea consumption has been associated with reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in several studies. Green tea is consumed less in the Western world than black tea, but it could be more beneficial because of the way it seems to improve endothelial function. In this same context, recent studies have also shown potent anticarcinogenic effects of green tea, attributed to its antioxidant properties."
Press release escardio.org July 2, 2008
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