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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!

Can You Age Loose Leaf Tea?

by on Sunday, March 6, 2016 7:00:00 PM

When purchasing loose leaf tea today, you most likely receive the standard storage instructions; keep your tea stored in an airtight container at room temperature, make sure that the tea is stored in a dry environment, and ensure that your tea is not exposed to any strong odors. If you follow these instructions, most tea companies would tell you that the tea will last anywhere from 1-2 years, and the flavor will slowly diminish during that time.In China, however, high quality tea will often be...

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High Quality vs Low Quality Tea

by on Sunday, January 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Tea as a beverage and as a medicinal drink has been enjoyed for dynasties by people of all ages and experience levels. The leaves from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) are not only used to create a soothing warm drink for relaxation, but they have often been credited for their health giving properties and are now being heavily researched and studied. With large amounts of scientific studies being conducted, the health benefits of tea are starting to be understood from a chemical and biological...

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Tea Spotlight: Brick Aged White Tea

by on Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:07:00 PM

Our Brick Aged White Tea is a staff favorite, but is a tea that we do not talk about as much as some of our other teas. Today we wanted to explore how this tea is made and why it is one of our favorite teas to enjoy.First let’s talk a little bit about how this tea is made. After allowing freshly produced white tea to mature for 6-12 months, the tea leaves are lightly steamed to make them pliable. The leaves are then pressed into a cake that can be a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Finally,...

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What is White Tea?

by on Saturday, July 12, 2014 7:00:00 PM

At Shang Tea, we specialize in providing the highest quality, authentic Chinese teas, with a special emphasis on white tea. When we tell customers that we specialize in White Tea, the most common response that we get is "what is white tea?". Most people have heard of green tea and black tea, but white tea is less well known. In this article we're going to outline our definition of white tea and what makes a true, authentic, Chinese white tea.In particular, we believe that it is important to...

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