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The Shang Tea Blog is the educational arm of the Shang Tea company. We hope to use this space to share more information about tea, chinese tea culture, and industry news. Shang Tea Company was founded by owner Zehua Shang, and we specialize in white tea which we produce ourselves. In addition to white tea, Shang also produces green tea, jasmine tea, and red/black tea. We are excited to use this blog to engage with other tea drinkers and also to focus on the tea topics that you want to hear about, so please let us know if there is a specific question that you want us to answer!

Did You Know? Cultivars

by on Friday, March 1, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Did you know that we use three different cultivars of the tea plant for our teas? We use the traditional white tea cultivars Da Bai and Da Hao, which are called white tea due to the shimmering white hairs that grow on the buds and the leaves. In addition, we use a green tea cultivar that the locals call "Tu Cha". This green tea varietal is a relative of the Da Bai and Da Hao varietals.Think of these different cultivars  like different types of apples (Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Honeycrisp,...

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Spotlight: Bai Lin Kung Fu

by on Friday, February 1, 2013 12:00:00 PM

The technique for making black Tea (Red Tea) originated in Wuyi Mountains of the Fujian Province. In the 14th century as part of his plan to consolidate power, emperor Zhu Yuanzhang ordered that all tea bricks be destroyed. As this was the primary source of income for Wuyi tea farmers, they had to come up with a different method for making tea. Over the next 150 years, through trial and error, they came up with black (red) tea, which was also some of the first tea to be exported to the western...

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How To: Make Your Own Tea Blends

by on Sunday, January 13, 2013 9:16:00 PM

Here at Shang Tea we focus specifically on providing the highest quality, organic, Chinese teas that taste delicious and also respect the traditional processing and preparation methods. We do this not only to prepare the best tasting teas, but also to preserve an aspect of traditional Chinese tea culture.Sometimes though you may be looking for a little something extra, perhaps a dash of mint or some bits of fruit. Or maybe you are looking for a good Chai blend, something that we don’t and...

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Mythology on the Origin of Tea

by on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 12:00:00 PM

There are plenty of great myths about the origin of tea and about the many different aspects of tea culture. One of the most famous is the myth about how the tea plant was first discovered by man. Shen Nung, the Second Divine Emperor of China, was a man with great agricultural and herbal knowledge. One day while he was napping in the forest, a few leaves from a nearby plant blew into his pot of boiling water. When he woke, he drank the mixture and found it to be invigorating and tasty, so...

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