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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!

What's in a Name? White Peony

by on Monday, April 1, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Our most popular tea in our store and on our website is our White Peony King which has a very soothing, calming and fresh taste. Interestingly enough though, it is not scented with any peony flowers! Why then is this tea called White Peony?There are a few possible reasons why this tea is called white peony, but first let me define this tea. Traditionally white peony refers to a white tea from the da bai/da hao cultivars with a plucking standard of the top bud and 1-4 small leaves that grow...

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Tea and Longevity

by on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 7:30:00 AM

For thousands of years, the native people of China have been enjoying tea as both a beverage and as a medicinal drink. The leaves from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) are used to create internal balance and stability to those who regularly enjoy its brew.With large amounts of scientific studies being conducted, the health benefits of tea are starting to be understood from a chemical and biological perspective. All this new research has prompted thousands of new articles with oftentimes...

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White Tea Wu-Long: Is it a White Tea or a Wu-Long Tea?

by on Thursday, September 13, 2012 9:17:00 PM

Our white tea wu-long is a constant source of confusion to tea drinkers curious to understand how a tea can be both a white tea and a wu-long tea at the same time! In this article I will explain this and more as we explore this delicious tea!As we have explained in previous articles such as this one, tea classifications are determined by two main components. The first component is the processing method that is used. White tea, for example, is plucked and air dried, whereas red or black tea is...

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What is the Difference Between White Tea and Green Tea

by on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 8:23:00 PM

Both white tea and green have been touted for their health benefits due to the minimal processing of both. But how exactly does the processing differ between the two? Is this post, we will briefly describe the differences between the two types of tea.White tea is the least processed tea since the leaves and plucked and air dried until they reach the correct moisture temperature (typically between 5-10%). White tea oxidizes slightly and naturally while it dries, but it is the closest to pure tea...

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