The World of Chinese Tea

Although the popularity of tea is second only to water, most people’s experience with the beverage is centered on fully fermented tea, known as black tea in continental tea culture. However, premium teas are composed of many more styles than just fully fermented tea.

To discover the widest range of tea styles we look to China—the homeland of tea.

To discover the widest range of tea styles we look to China—the homeland of tea. China is one of the largest tea producers in the world, but among all the tea in China, fully fermented tea represents only 12% of its total production.

Chinese tea is truly composed of a vast spectrum of styles that include refreshing green tea, subtle white tea, tender yellow tea, a complex array of wulong tea, and sophisticated aged tea. China is the only country with a long history of producing such a wide range of tea styles in significant quantities.

The Chinese art of tea is not only about enjoying the flavours of tea, it is also about cultivating values and principles that are universally relevant and timeless.

Home to tea for almost 5,000 years, China is also the cradle of tea culture. While tea traditions have spread from China and grown to all corners of the globe, the Chinese art of tea has maintained its own path over the millennia. The Chinese art of tea is not only about enjoying the flavours of tea, it is also about cultivating values and principles that are universally relevant and timeless.

Our purpose is to further the understanding of Chinese tea styles and the beauty of Chinese tea art.

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