Chinese Black Tea Information

Chinese Black Tea Information



Chinese Black Tea Information
Also called by many as​ ‘red tea’, the Chinese black tea has been enjoyed by the Chinese tea drinkers and ​ the world for centuries. ​
Its popularity is even soaring these days and ​ I ​ guess the primary reason for that is many believe that the Chinese black teas harbor profound and ​ promising health benefits.
Chinese Black Tea Basics
As the name implies, the Chinese black tea originates in China and ​ has long been used by the Chinese as​ part of​ their daily meals.
The brewed black tea ranges from reddish brown to black in color. ​
According to some resources, one of​ the most obvious characteristic of​ the Chinese black tea is that it​ mellows with age and ​ grows richer and ​ deeper in flavor. ​
The vintage black teas in particular are deemed superlative, boasting flavors and ​ aromas that conjure up the same adjectives used to distinguish fine wine or​ whiskey.
Storing Chinese black tea is simple. ​
it​ is usually kept in a​ wellventilated place and ​ the tea requires no temperature regulation. ​
Also, unlike the other teas, Chinese black teas come in compressed cakes with a​ variety o shapes and ​ sizes. ​
it​ could be round, square, and ​ even bamboolike tubes.
Types of​ Chinese Black Tea
According to different processing methods, Chinese black tea can be divided into three different types
1.Souchong Black Tea This is a​ unique type of​ black tea that grows at ​ the Wuyi Mountain City in Fujian province. ​
According to some experts, the pinesmoking fragrance of​ Souchong black tea is much different from any other black teas in the world. ​
And, according to different producing area, this variety can be classified into four types
• Tongmuguan Souchong which is produced in Tongmuguan county
• Lapsang Souchong, produced in Chong’An, Jianyang, Guangzhe
• XingChun Souchong, produced in other areas which around Xingcun town of​ Chong’An county
• Smoking Souchong, which is not from Wuyi Mountain City
Of these mentioned subclasses, the Lapsang Souchong is considered the best, offering longan flavor. ​
The Smoking Souchong, on the other hand, is made from low grade congou back tea and ​ is processed by imitational method as​ other Souchong black teas. ​
Also, the smoking fragrance of​ this type is exactly coming from the burning brushwood of​ pine plant.
2. ​
Congou Black Tea This Chinese black tea type evolved from the Souchong variety. ​
The most famous congou Chinese black teas include the Qihong of​ Anhui Keemun black, Dianhong of​ Yunnan, Suhong of​ Jiangsu, Chuanhong of​ Sichuan and ​ Huhong of​ Hunan.
3. ​
Broken Black Tea Finally, this type is also called graded black tea for the reason that there is international uniform grading standard for this type of​ Chinese black tea. ​
Well, according to different shapes, the broken black tea us classified into four subtypes the whole leaf black, with short strip shape; broken leaf black, with small grain shape; fannings black, with small slice shape; and ​ dust black, with powdered shape.
It is interesting to know that the origin of​ Chinese black tea is Chong’An, Fujian. ​
This place is actually the city of​ the Wuyi Mountain today. ​
In souchong black tea was firstly manufactured in the Wuyi Mountain in the last of​ 18th century. ​
Following that, the congou black tea came to life. ​
Since then, the manufacturing technique of​ black tea was brought to Jiangsi province, then to Keemun.




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