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Welcome to August Moon Tea

August Moon Tea aims to bring the fresh air and sunshine from the tea field to our tea ceremony and create a peaceful and exquisite ambience for all of you.

Tea not only brings people closer but also helps us to reconnect with ourselves. It’s a natural elixir for our souls.

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Another Angle To See What August Moon Tea Can Offer

A Tea Tasting Marathon

Yellow Bud Yellow Tea, Premium Wild Maofeng Green Tea, Premium Unnamed Green Tea and Sweet Dew Green Tea

Today, we had the pleasure to enjoy some high-quality teas that just arrived in the morning. We couldn’t wait to open the box and sniff the aromas out of the tea.

There are some green tea, yellow tea and roasted oolong tea in the box. So we decided to do a yellow and green tea tasting Marathon in our beautiful shop in Cheltenham.

Background Information on the Tea

All the teas we tasted today are from Mengding Mountain (蒙顶山) in Estelle’s hometown Yaan (雅安) where the first panda was discovered by the westerners. The mountain is over 1000 metres high with fresh air and beautiful mist throughout the year. The climate is perfect for tea growing. Even the warmest time, the temperature won’t be over 27 degrees centigrade. The tea leaves were all hand-picked before the 5th of April before the weather got too warm. The best green tea comes from this time. The higher altitude allows the tea to have a longer growing tea to absorb the nutrition from nature. All the natural conditions allow the tea plants to grow healthily.

Round 1: Yellow Bud Yellow Tea

Yellow tea is rare in China because the processing is more complicated than green tea thus it’s more difficult to produce. Yellow Bud just arrived is a properly processed yellow tea that gives you a stable and fresh flavour. The dry tea leaves are in yellow colour. The tea is made from tea buds. Each infusion doesn’t get too strong. On the contrary, it’s very subtle and refreshing, light and sweet.

Round 2: Wild Maofeng Green Tea

When we opened the package, the tea really surprised us. It’s covered with little, fine hair. The colour is green. The dry curly tea leaves don’t smell too strong. It has a beautiful balance of little white hair from the young buds and a dark green colour from the tea leaf. Once the water kissed the tea, it released a fresh tomato aroma that made us think of summer. The taste of the tea is also quite refreshing and gentle with a bean spouts flavour.

Round 3: Premium Unnamed Green Tea

So far, we had one yellow tea and one green tea which were equally enjoyable. When we got to the third one, we were excited about the bright green colour and the elegant pointing shape of the tea. In generally, the tea tasted gentle and sweet. It’s a good tea for a lazy morning or a warm summer afternoon. Once the tea opened up, we could see how fresh the tea leaves were before they were processed.

Round 4: Sweet Dew Green Tea

Sweet Dew is one of the most famous tea from Estelle’s hometown. By the name, you can guess it’s sweet. Compared to the premium Maofeng green tea, Sweet Dew looks so much smaller and finer. It comes with a gentle orange aroma and leaves a honey aroma on the surface of the cups. Once the tea opened up, you could see how many little tea buds were used to produce this tasty tea.

Tea is for sharing. We double the joy when we share and learn more about tea through discussions with each other. We would love to share these beautiful teas with all of you. Please contact us if you are interested in having a tea tasting session with us.


We Have Moved To Cheltenham

Spring is quietly and peacefully coming to the UK. We have moved away from the cold wind and white snow. Everywhere is green and floral.

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August Moon Tea moved to Cheltenham about a month ago. We had to sadly say goodbye to our dear tea friends in Nottingham. Goodbye is only a hello from the future. Relocating is not an easy job. It took us quite a whole pack, unpack and set up the shop. It’s looking quite homely and welcoming now.

This is an exciting time for us. Cheltenham is a beautiful town of Gloucestershire in the Southwest of the UK. We do enjoy walking around and admiring the classic buildings in Cheltenham. The shop is located in Montpellier of Cheltenham. We are surrounded by independent brands, restaurants and cafes. We are a few minutes away from Montpellier Park, Cheltenham Lady’s College and the Queen’s Hotel. We have received very warm welcomes from traders in this area.

Tea always makes us relax and unwind. We are here to take your tea appreciation to the next level and offers you a unique tea experience that brings nature and art to our hectic modern life. You will find high-quality tea and tea wares to make your tea life more ceremonial and mindful. Private tea ceremonies tailored for your families, friends, or companies are available to book to bring everyone closer.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new shop in Cheltenham.


How Long Does It Take to Change Sheng Puer Tea to Shou Puer Tea?

Some people might ask how long does it take to change Sheng puer tea to Shou puer tea. I’m afraid it won’t happen, sadly. It’s nothing to do with the time. They are very different teas.

What Are Sheng and Shou?

Raw puer tea, generally referred to as Sheng Pu (生普), refers to the tea that is processed from the sun-dried big-leaf tea plants from Yunnan Province. The colour of the dry tea is dark green.

Aged Ripened Puer Tea

Ripened puer tea, generally known as Shou Pu (熟普), refers to the tea that is firstly processed from the sun-dried big-leaf tea plants from Yunnan Province and then piled and fermented artificially. The colour of the dry tea is brown.

In conclusion, we can understand that the difference between raw puer tea and ripened or fermented puer tea lies in the fermentation process. Raw puer tea doesn’t get artificially fermented. But ripened puer tea does.

Why Can’t Sheng Puer Change To Shou Puer?

The post-fermentation effect of the raw puer tea in the process of later storage is a natural maturing process. As time goes by, the colour of the dry raw puer tea will become darker, the soup colour will turn red, and the refreshing taste will become mellow.

Raw Puer Tea loose tea leaves

In order to quickly acquire the wonderful taste of the natural maturing, people invented this artificial fermentation step to speed up the maturing process from which we get ripened puer tea. However, in this stage, the nature of the tea is changed. Fundamentally, they are different.


Estelle Talks about Tea and Tea Ceremony

August Moon Tea hosts tea ceremonies as a team building and distress activity for businesses and organizations. Tea has the power to bring people closer and help people to relax and enjoy the present.

We are passionate about bringing the peacefulness of Chinese tea ceremonies into the western world. I believe a lot of employees and employers are facing the same problem: how to create a supportive and healthy environment for the whole team.

We are all very stressed in our daily life. Stress is a reaction to events or experiences in someone’s home life, work life or a combination of both. Work-related stress and mental health problems often go together. Work-related stress can make an existing mental health problem more difficult to control. If work-related stress reaches a point where it has triggered an existing mental health problem, it becomes hard to separate one from the other.

So as a responsible employer, we need solutions. The employees want to feel the companies they work for are understanding and caring. They want to have a sense of belonging to the companies. They also want to get respect and support from their colleagues.

As far as we know, there are various options, yoga, massage, wine tasting, meditation, gym subscription, healthy breakfast and refreshments etc. Some of these activities can bring the team together, some of them can help the employees to relax. But if you can have an option that brings the team together and help them to relax at the same time, why not? Let alone the health benefits of tea.

This is what we are offering. We are offering you a new and unique cultural experience that has been practised for over a thousand years. A tea ceremony requires a good balance of movement and stillness, simpleness and comprehension, Yin and Yang. It represents our ancient wisdom from Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism.

When everyone sits down around the tea table, everything slows down and gets quiet. You will notice the rumbling of the kettle, the changes of each pot of tea, the wind that wants to kiss your face. You will be sipping tea mindfully, chatting or staying in your own thoughts. You will show respect to the people with you and be open and honest with them as you are getting more and more relaxed with the rhythm of the ceremony.  

A guided or unguided meditation is a good start that helps everyone to settle down and get prepared for the silent tea ceremony where everyone will be meditating on the cup of tea they are holding. After a short break, everyone will be invited to sit down again for a social tea ceremony where we’ll be chatting as friends. We also share a lot of knowledge of tea and Chinese culture because people are always interested.

A quick question: what is the most important thing in a beautiful garden? Trees? Flowers? Birds? Buildings? It’s the space. We all need the space in our own garden in our mind that allows us to look at life from a distance. Once we have that space, we’ll have a new start again. We’ll be more productive, more passionate, more creative which all will help the company to succeed. In return, the employees will be more content with their employers.

You don’t want to lose any employees when they are well trained by you. You want them to be loyal and enjoy working in the company with other colleagues.

Imagine this when the kettle is on, tea is served in a mindful and polite way. The clicking of cups sounds like birds singing. You sip the tea with everyone from your team. You finally find your inner peace at this moment, the team becomes oneness and well connected. How beautiful that is! That is probably what we all need right now.



The Most Important Thing in a Garden

What is the best this thing in a beautiful garden?

Nowadays, we all have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of places to go. We have to fulfil our duties and our responsibilities. We are always there for someone.
But what about ourselves? Have you thought about yourself? Have you thought about having a spa for yourself? Have you thought about listening to some music by yourself? Have you thought about enjoying some silence?

We hardly have any space now which is why I asked the question at the beginning.

We all need a little bit of time and space for ourselves. We also want to enjoy life itself. If everyone’s heart is a garden, we have trees, flowers, buildings, streams, birds which all belong to the garden. However, without space, we wouldn’t be able to see any of these beautiful things. So we need this space and the time.

A tea ceremony creates this space you need in your garden that helps us to appreciate what we have in the garden. You sit down with the teawares that tell you different stories, the tea you select just for yourself, and the music and incense that take you to an inner world. Everything, at this very moment, becomes so clear and tranquil.

It doesn’t mean being selfish when you have a moment for yourself. It’s actually the opposite. We feel relieved, renewed and relaxed.

So what is the most important thing in the garden?