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What To Do With Your White Tea

As for white tea, in Fuding, Fujian, many people store some for its medicinal uses. There is a saying of white tea, one-year tea, three-year medicine and seven-year treasure.
Aged white tea has the special aroma, flavours, and colours which are unforgettable. To always have good aged white tea, the best thing to do is to learn how to store it properly.
1 Why do we store white tea?
Nowadays, white tea is supposed to be a good investment after the wave of Puer tea. The longer it’s stored, the better tea flavour you get, and higher medicinal values it gets. The price of white tea has been increasing at a rapid pace which proves that white tea has been accepted by the public and is becoming popular.
2 Which white tea should be collected?
This all depends on your personal preferences. At the same storage environment, the tea with different tenderness has different transforming speed. Silver needle is the slowest followed by peony. Gongmei and Shoumei are the fastest. The colour of liquor changes from light yellow to honey colour, then to arrange or even darker. The aroma changes to plum, to reed leaves to date and to Chinese medicine.
Gongmei and Shoumei are highly suggested for collection because the quantity is the highest among all the white tea. The quantity of them in total occupies more than half of all the white tea. Gongmei and Shoumei have all the benefits of white tea with a cheaper price than silver needle and peony. Thus naturally, these two are the best to collect.

3 How long is the white tea stored for?
White tea can be kept for a long time, as long as 2 or 3 decades, or even longer. But it has to be good-quality from good raw tea leaves so that the flavour can get better and better which means the value gets higher and higher.

4 How should white tea be stored?
(1) Sealing
The natural transition comes from the tea itself. You need sealable containers made of iron porcelain or tin.
(2) Avoid direct sunlight.
Lights can oxidize the surface of the tea leaves and affect the flavour
(3) Room temperature.
White tea doesn’t have to be stored in the freezer. You also need to avoid radiator.
(4) Avoid other smell.
There is polymeric palmitic acid and terpene compounds which make tea absorb different smells easily. So you need to be careful with other flavours and smells.
(5) Keep the tea in a dry place
Only if you keep the tea in a dry place, can you store the tea for a long period. Humidity can change the properties of tea and the flavours of the tea.
In general, avoid high humidity, other flavours and smells, and direct sunlight. Always seal the tea in a good container and keep it at room temperature.
5 The changes after being stored
One year tea: Because white tea is lightly fermented, the newly produced tea doesn’t have a deep and rich flavour. It won’t taste as good as the aged ones.
Three-year tea: If you have stored the white tea properly for 2-3 years, the properties of tea change slowly, so does the aroma. The colour of tea changes from light yellow to apricot colour even darker. When you drink it, the aroma is softer and richer. It can help you to deal with the heat in summer, protect your liver and heart.
Seven-year tea: when the tea is 5-6 years old, it can be called ‘old tea’. As time goes on, the aroma gets richer and richer, the liquor gets thicker, the colour gets amber and clear. At this stage, the white tea has better benefits for cancers prevention, sunstroke prevention, detoxification, and allergy prevention. Having a few cups of white tea can help you to relax.
6 When does the tea taste the best?
Aged white tea has a rich and lasting aroma. Silver needles have pekoe aroma, fruity aroma, and obsolete aroma. Peony has rich pekoe aroma and obsolete aroma. Gongmei and Shoumei have date aroma and Chinese medicine aroma. The tea liquor of aged white tea is soft, smooth and accomplished with a very good back-to-sweet after-taste. The charm of aged white tea is everlasting.
Under a good storage condition, there are a few tasting periods.
1st:
After 6 months the tea is produced, the watery flavour decreases, with a heaving nature and strong energy. The tea tastes a little bit bitter but also accomplished. The tea smells fresh. This is the time you can learn the merits and weaknesses. So you can give it a try.
2nd:
Between 3-5 years old, the watery flavour has gone. After the transition period, the properties of white tea are stable, and so is the taste. The tea tastes much strong with the cold nature.
3rd:
Around the 7, and 8th year, after years’of transforming, the obsolete flavour of white tea gradually turns up. And there are a lot of possibilities the tea can taste like. Some of them have a fruity and honey flavour. Other ones might have rich floral flavour transformed from the light aroma.
White tea over 7 years over has a softer and warmer nature with certain medicinal benefits. It helps with anti-inflammatory and protects liver and stomach.

8 Tricks to Make Your Tea Better

The people who like tea are always invited to make tea for everyone in a ‘tea’ situation. It’s so much easier to make tea for yourself. However, it can make you feel nervous in front of many people. You might be worried if you make mistakes or even break things.

No matter what tea, how expensive it is, if you are looking for the best flavour of the tea, you’ll have to be very skillful. If you have a ‘system’ to practice, you’ll feel so much more confident when you make tea for other people. Plus we are not professional tea experts with proper training or restrict techniques. So now, I’m going to share you this 8-step ‘trick’ which will help you with your tea preparation.

1 Understand Tea
You need to understand there are 6 categories of tea: green tea, white tea, yellow tea, oolong tea, red tea and black tea. Furthermore, we will need to be able to judge the tightness, sizes, rolling degree, withering degree and so on of the tea.
Green tea: yellowish green tea leaves.
White tea: covered with tiny white hair tea leaves.
Yellow tea: strong light yellow tea leaves
Oolong tea: dark green leaves with red edge, big curled tea leaves.
Red tea: black tea leaves with the sweet smell but fewer buds.
Black tea: black tea leaves with shininess and earthy smell.

 

2 Water Is The Mother Of Tea
To make a nice pot of tea, you’ll need to find the right water to match it. This is a basic rule: we need soft and boiled water. So if you can use purified water, spring water or filtered water, the tea will taste better.
The lowest requirement is you have to boil the water.If you need 85℃, make sure the water is boiled at 100℃ first and drops to 85℃. 

3 Teaware Is The Father Of Tea
When you choose a teaware, you will need to think about what tea you are going to make. The gaiwan and pot are commonly used. A gaiwan is more difficult than a teapot. As long as you practice a lot, you’ll be fine. Normally, we suggest that you use glass wares to make green tea to see the beautiful expanding and dancing of the tea leaves. There are other tea wares, such as serving pots, tea scoops, strainers and so on. Sometimes you need them, sometimes you don’t. We always feel it’s fascinating that different shapes and materials of cups can also affect the aroma and flavour of the tea. It’s interesting when you do the experiments yourself which is also a good way to learn your tea and teawares.

4 The Volume Of The Tea Decides How Much You Need.
Some tea is small and flat or compressed. You might not need much. But some are quite fluffy and strong, but light. You’ll need more. Also, you need to learn about your own preference: if you like light flavours, you need less. It all comes from your practice.

5 Different Temperatures For Different Teas.
With the same concentration of the tea liquor, higher temperature water will make tea taste stronger. If the tea leaves are tender, lower temperature water can prevent the leaves from damage. If the tea is from the old tea leaves, higher temperature water can bring out the aroma and flavour. When the temperature changes, you can also observe the changes of aroma and flavour. When you drink the tea, give yourself a little bit of time to enjoy the aroma and let the temperature drop.
Green tea, yellow tea, and red tea:80-90℃
Oolong tea, Puer tea, and black tea:100℃
White tea:young 80-90℃,Aged 100℃

6 How Long To Brew Your Tea.
This is a tricky question. We have some factors to think about, the category, size and shape of the tea, how many infusions you want. As you make more infusions, accordingly you need to increase the brewing time.

Let’s take red tea as an example. The first pot needs 3-5 seconds. Afterwards, you can add 3-5 seconds to each infusion. If it’s compressed tea, you need to rinse the tea to wake it up and brew for a little bit longer. If the tea is in small pieces, you need to be quick to get the liquor out to prevent the bitterness.

7 The Best Tea Is The One You Enjoy
We like to think tea bring us peace and joy. So why do you have to spend too much money on very rare and expensive ones? If you can really appreciate one tea, it doesn’t matter if you are very skilful or if the tea is super expensive. The most precious tea is the tea you are enjoying. We enjoy tea and live in the moment.

8 Relax & Breathe
A lot of people are nervous when they make tea in front of people which is understandable. Why don’t you value the session as a special moment you share with your loved ones. I find it very helpful to just breathe deeply before I start. You take your time to make sure you feel relaxed and comfortable first. Your emotions can affect the taste of the tea. So firstly and most importantly, breathe and relax.

We all can enjoy a peaceful tea session if we keep practicing. It’s more important to learn how to appreciate the moment we enjoy with ourselves and other people.

Hope this short article helps you to make the tea taste good.

What’s on at August Moon Tea This Week (11 September – 17 September 2017)

Here are the details of the events we are going to have this week. Get in touch with us to book your seats.

Thursday, Mid-week tea meditation to release mid-week stress and make some friends, 19.00-21.00, 14 September, £5 /pp.

Friday, Tea and Silence, 19.00-21.00, 15 September, £9/pp.

Saturday, Doing a Tea Ceremony with a Teapot (Taiwan High Mountain Oolong), 14.00-17.00, 16 September,  £25/pp

We are more than happy to help you to organize a private tea ceremony no matter if you are a business or individual. For more details, please email us to augustmooncha@gmail.com or give us a call on 07541493288.

Our First Lotus Sister Tea Ceremony

Today, we had the first Lotus Sister Tea Ceremony with 6 lovely ladies. Here is some information about the ceremony.

Date: 29/03/2017

Time: 14.30-16.30

Location: August Moon Tea Studio/ 3rd Floor 60 Goose Gate, Nottingham

Tea lovers: Julie, Jules, Val, Sharon, Madi, Jean and Estelle

Tea maker: Estelle Liu

Tea: High mountain Meizhan black tea & 90’s Xiaguan Tuocha (Ripened puer tea) (Click the names of the tea to find them on our website)

It was lovely to get a bunch of wonderful ladies together and share a beautiful afternoon in our studio. It was calming and friendly. Everyone felt relaxed and supported. The conversation just flowed naturally. It went really quickly. We loved to have the ladies. The tea time might be short, but the memory will last.

If you didn’t have the chance to come today, do not worry. We have put our next one on the website already. Just click the link to get yours.

Thank you all for coming. Looking forward to the next Lotus Sister Tea Ceremony!

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What’s on at August Moon Tea This Week (13 March-19 March 2017)

Here are the details of the events we are going to have this week. Get in touch with us to book your seats.

Lunchtime MediTeation, 12.30-13.30, from Monday to Friday (13 March-17 March) £8/pp

Mid-week Tea Meditation, 19.00-21.00, Thursday (16 March) £5/pp

Friends’Friday Special Offer, 15.00-16.00, Friday (17 March) £8/pp. Bring a friend who can get 50% off

Tea and Tarot: Grow with Spring, Saturday (18 March)

Please email us to augustmooncha@gmail.com

or give us a call on 07541493288

to book your events.

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