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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!

Traditional White Tea vs Young Leaf White Tea

by on Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:00:00 AM

Due to increased awareness in many of the healthy properties of white tea, demand has surged for this minimally processed tea. However, most white tea that you can find on the market today would not be classified as white tea in the traditional sense. In this quick post then, I'd like to distinguish between the traditional definition of white tea and what I'd like to call young leaf white tea (what you would typically find in your grocery store).Traditionally, tea must fit two specific criteria...

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The History of White Tea

by on Friday, September 2, 2011 7:24:00 PM

The history of white tea is like a complex and difficult jigsaw puzzle. Everywhere you look you can see bits of the puzzle, a bit of the history that is unfolding before your eyes, but never the complete picture. The web is littered with hundreds of different resources, talking about the history of white tea, the health benefits, and how white tea is produced, but there are too many contradictions to count. Hopefully then, we can start to present a more accurate picture in this article.First,...

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Tea in the News: Tea Drinkers Less Likely to Carry MRSA

by on Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:00:00 PM

A recent study has revealed a possible link between drinking tea and a reduction in the odds of nasal MRSA carriage. In particular, researchers found that those who drank either coffee or tea had a 50% relative reduction in nasal MRSA carriage, while those who drank both had a 67% relative reduction. You can read more about the study by clicking here!

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Traditional Brewing Tools: Yixing

by on Thursday, August 11, 2011 9:02:00 PM

Last month we introduced you to the gaiwan, a simple porcelain cup that is a great tool for brewing loose leaf tea. This month we will talk briefly about another ancient teapot, the yixing teapot. Originating from Yixing, Jiangsu, this teapot was developed during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and is made of clay called zisha.Pure, unadulterated zisha is one of the best materials to brew darker teas such as oolong and red (black) teas because the clay maintains a high temperature throughout the...

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