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Tea

Oolong Tea

Oolong Tea, or black dragon tea - from its Chinese name, is a traditional Chinese tea grown in the Wuyi Mountains of northern Fujian and in the central mountains of Taiwan. Oolong tea is made from the tea bush, Camellia sinensis, however it is neither a green tea, nor a black tea....

Oolong Tea is said to have originated in China during the Qing Dynasty in the mid 1600s and was a new style of partially oxidized tea from the Wu Yi Mountains.

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Wu-Yi Tea

Wu-Yi Tea, is a variety of Oolong Tea. Oolong Tea is tea from the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, that has been allowed to partially oxidise before storage and shipping. Green tea is less oxidised and black tea is more oxidised in preparation, so Wi-Yu tea and Ooolong tea is somewhere in between green tea and black tea.

Wu-Yi Tea gets its name from the fact that is is grown in the Wuyi Mountains of northern Fujian, which is one of the provinces on the southeast coast of China.

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Chai Tea

Chai Tea is a spiced tea that originates from the Indian sub-continent. Also known as Masala Tea, or Masala Chai Tea, chai tea is made by brewing tea (Camellia sinensis) with aromatic herbs and spices to produce a highly flavoured hot tea drink.

Traditionally in Southern Asian countries, chai tea is brewed by boiling tea leaves, sugar and whole spices over heat. This produces a more caffeine-rich tea beverage as more caffeine is released from the tea leaves by this boiling process.

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Tea Quotes

"There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea." - Rev. Sydney Smith.

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Tea Poetry

A toast to the grace of the pot,
ready at all time
To give up its emptiness
for the tea.
-The Minister of Leaves

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Tea Poems

We had a kettle, we let it leak;
Our not replacing it made it worse,
We havent had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe!
- Rudyard Kipling

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Tea Photographs

An index of photographs relating to............. TEA!

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Tea Facts and Information

Tea Cultivation and Classification

Tea is grown primarily in mainland China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, Australia, Argentina, and Kenya. (Note that in the tea trade, Sri Lanka and Taiwan are still referred to by their former names of Ceylon and Formosa, respectively.)

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Blends of tea and Additives to Tea

Almost all teas in tea-bags and most other teas are blends. Though recently with improvements in the dry freeze technique and the improved infusion method, tea powder and condensed tea essence that only needs hot or cold water to make a cup of tea are sold. Blending may occur at the level of tea-planting area (e.g. Assam), or teas from many areas may be blended. The aim of blending is a stable taste over different years, and a better price. More expensive, more tasty tea may cover the inferior taste of cheaper tea.

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The History of Tea

Tea creation myths
In one story, Gautama Buddha is said to have discovered tea, when a falling tea leaf happened to land in his cup one day as he sat meditating in a garden.
Another story has it that Bodhidharma cut his eyelids off so that he wouldn't fall asleep while meditating, and the first tea plants sprang up from the ground where he flung the severed eyelids.
In yet another story Shennong (the legendary Emperor of China and founder of Chinese medicine) was on a journey, when a few leaves from a wild tea tree fell into his hot water. He tasted the mixture out of curiosity and liked its taste and its restorative properties. He then found that tea leaves eliminated numerous other poisons from the body. Because of this, tea is considered one of the earliest Chinese medicines.

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The word tea

The Chinese character for tea is ?, but it is pronounced differently in the various Chinese dialects. Two pronunciations have made their way into other languages around the world. One is 'te' (POJ: tę) which comes from the Minnan dialect spoken around the port of Amoy. The other is 'cha', used by the Cantonese dialect spoken around the ports of Canton and Hong Kong, as well as in the Mandarin dialect of northern China.

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Tea Culture

Tea is often drunk at social events, especially early in the day to heighten alertness—it contains theophylline and bound caffeine (sometimes called "theine"), although there are also decaffeinated teas.

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Tea Preparation

This section describes the most widespread method of making tea. Completely different methods are used in North Africa, Tibet and perhaps in other places.
The best way to prepare tea is usually thought to be with loose tea placed either directly in a teapot or contained in a tea infuser, rather than a teabag. However, perfectly acceptable tea can be made with teabags. Some circumvent the teapot stage altogether and brew the tea directly in a cup or mug.

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Tea Cards

In the United Kingdom a number of varieties of loose Tea sold in packets from the 1940s to the 1970s contained tea cards.........

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Tea

Tea drinking in China dates back to before the Tang Dynasty (618–907). Tea is a caffeinated beverage, an infusion made by steeping the dried leaves or buds of the shrub Camellia sinensis in hot water. In addition, tea may also include other herbs, spices, or fruit flavours. The word "tea" is also used, by extension, for any fruit or herb infusion; for example, "rosehip tea" or "camomile tea". In cases where they contain no tea leaves, some people prefer to call these beverages "tisanes" or "herbal teas" to avoid confusion. This article is concerned with the "true" tea, Camellia sinensis.

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony (called cha-no-yu, chado, or sado) is a special way of making green tea (matcha?茶).

People who study tea ceremony have to learn about different kinds of tea. They also have to learn about kimono (Japanese clothes), flowers, and many other things. It takes many years of practice to learn tea ceremony.

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Camellia Sinensis The Tea Plant

Camellia sinensis is the tea plant, the plant species whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea. The name sinensis means "Chinese" in Latin. Older names for the tea plant include Thea bohea and Thea viridis.

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Chinese Tea

Tea in Tang Dynasty

Premier tea: Xiazhou, Guanzhou, Huzhou,Yuezhou,Pengzhou.

Second grade tea: Jingzhou,Ranzhou, Changzhou,Mingzhou.

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The History of Tea in China

Lu Yu wrote in Cha Jing: "Tea as a beverage was originated from Shen Nong"

A medicine book "Shen Nong Ben Chao" stated that "Shen Nong tasted hundreds of herbs, he encountered seventy two poisons daily, he used tea as antidote"

In Chinese legend, Shen Nong died in Tea Hill (Cha Lin) county of Hunan province.

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The Korean Tea Ceremony

The Korean tea ceremony is a unique form of tea ceremony practiced in Korea for more than a thousand years.

The Korean tea ceremony drew its inspiration from China. The chief element of the Korean tea ceremony is the ease and naturalness of enjoying tea within an easy formal setting.

Tea ceremonies are now being revived in Korea as a way to find relaxation and harmony in the fast-paced new Korean culture, and continuing in the long tradition of intangible Korean art.

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The Triskelion Rite of Tea

Purpose: The purpose of this working is to pay homage to the Gods and to reflect on Their blessings upon this your life.

Tools: * Herb(s) for tea * Container for herb(s) * Cup(s) and Tea Pot * Decanter of Pure Spring Water * Brewing dish with candle * Scrying Candle

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Telling Fortunes by Tea Leaves

Telling Fortunes By Tea Leaves

HOW TO READ YOUR FATE IN A TEACUP

BY CICELY KENT

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Tea Leaves

Tea Leaves

By Francis Leggett

"A cup of tea!"  Is there a phrase in our language more
eloquently significant of physical and mental refreshment, more
expressive of remission of toil and restful relaxation, or so
rich in associations with the comforts and serenity of home life,
and also with unpretentious, informal, social intercourse?

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Tea Brands

Adagio Teas, Bigelow Tea Company, Lipton, PG Tips, Scottish Blend, Tetley, Twinings, Typhoo, Yogi Tea.

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A Nice Cup of Tea

If you look up 'tea' in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned; or at most you will find a few lines of sketchy instructions which give no ruling on several of the most important points.

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Okakura Kakuzo

Okakura Kakuzo (????, February 14, 1863 - September 2, 1913; also known as Okakura Tenshin) was a Japanese scholar who contributed to the development of arts in Japan. Outside Japan, Okakura Kakuzo is chiefly remembered today as the author of The Book of Tea.

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Okakura Kakuzo Quotations

"A wave of rare incense is wafted from the tea-room; it is the summons which bids the guests to enter. One by one they advance and take their places. In the tokonoma hangs a kakemono—a wonderful writing by an ancient monk dealing with the evanescence of all earthly things. The singing kettle. . . sounds like some cicada pouring forth his woes to departing summer." - Okakura Kakuzo, Book of Tea (1906), Describing the last Cha-no-yu by Rikiu, a great tea master

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The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo

I. The Cup of Humanity

Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of the polite amusements. The fifteenth century saw Japan ennoble it into a religion of aestheticism--Teaism. Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.

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II. The Schools of Tea.

Tea is a work of art and needs a master hand to bring out its noblest qualities. We have good and bad tea, as we have good and bad paintings--generally the latter. There is no single recipe for making the perfect tea, as there are no rules for producing a Titian or a Sesson. Each preparation of the leaves has its individuality, its special affinity with water and heat, its own method of telling a story. The truly beautiful must always be in it. How much do we not suffer through the constant failure of society to recognise this simple and fundamental law of art and life; Lichilai, a Sung poet, has sadly remarked that there were three most deplorable things in the world: the spoiling of fine youths through false education, the degradation of fine art through vulgar admiration, and the utter waste of fine tea through incompetent manipulation.

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III. Taoism and Zennism

The connection of Zennism with tea is proverbial. We have already remarked that the tea-ceremony was a development of the Zen ritual. The name of Laotse, the founder of Taoism, is also intimately associated with the history of tea. It is written in the Chinese school manual concerning the origin of habits and customs that the ceremony of offering tea to a guest began with Kwanyin, a well-known disciple of Laotse, who first at the gate of the Han Pass presented to the "Old Philosopher" a cup of the golden elixir. We shall not stop to discuss the authenticity of such tales, which are valuable, however, as confirming the early use of the beverage by the Taoists. Our interest in Taoism and Zennism here lies mainly in those ideas regarding life and art which are so embodied in what we call Teaism.

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V. Art Appreciation

Have you heard the Taoist tale of the Taming of the Harp?

Once in the hoary ages in the Ravine of Lungmen stood a Kiri tree, a veritable king of the forest. It reared its head to talk to the stars; its roots struck deep into the earth, mingling their bronzed coils with those of the silver dragon that slept beneath. And it came to pass that a mighty wizard made of this tree a wondrous harp, whose stubborn spirit should be tamed but by the greatest of musicians. For long the instrument was treasured by the Emperor of China, but all in vain were the efforts of those who in turn tried to draw melody from its strings. In response to their utmost strivings there came from the harp but harsh notes of disdain, ill-according with the songs they fain would sing. The harp refused to recognise a master.

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VI. Flowers

In the trembling grey of a spring dawn, when the birds were whispering in mysterious cadence among the trees, have you not felt that they were talking to their mates about the flowers? Surely with mankind the appreciation of flowers must have been coeval with the poetry of love. Where better than in a flower, sweet in its unconsciousness, fragrant because of its silence, can we image the unfolding of a virgin soul? The primeval man in offering the first garland to his maiden thereby transcended the brute. He became human in thus rising above the crude necessities of nature. He entered the realm of art when he perceived the subtle use of the useless.

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VII. Tea-Masters

In religion the Future is behind us. In art the present is the eternal. The tea-masters held that real appreciation of art is only possible to those who make of it a living influence. Thus they sought to regulate their daily life by the high standard of refinement which obtained in the tea-room. In all circumstances serenity of mind should be maintained, and conversation should be conducted as never to mar the harmony of the surroundings. The cut and color of the dress, the poise of the body, and the manner of walking could all be made expressions of artistic personality. These were matters not to be lightly ignored, for until one has made himself beautiful he has no right to approach beauty. Thus the tea-master strove to be something more than the artist,--art itself. It was the Zen of aestheticism. Perfection is everywhere if we only choose to recognise it. Rikiu loved to quote an old poem which says: "To those who long only for flowers, fain would I show the full-blown spring which abides in the toiling buds of snow-covered hills."

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The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo

The Full Text of The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo

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