The other day I made a discovery while I was checking out our pantry. Because I am petite (I only stand 5’2.), I cannot reach nor see what is on the top shelf of our pantry so I got me a chair to help me. I found some paper plates, paper cups, a pack of chocolate powder and a jar of coffee powder. I was about to get down from the chair when I have decided to reorganize that shelf and then that’s how I found a pack of Xi hu Longjing tea. It was standing alone in the darkest part of the shelf. No wonder I did not notice it right away. I asked my partner why he did not tell me that he has this tea. He told me that he forgot about it since we have other green teas as well.
I am not familiar with this type of tea. So I made a little research on the internet.
Longjing tea is a type of green tea originated in China. It is also know as the Dragon Well Tea. This is one of the best teas produced in China. There are different kinds of Longjing tea, but I am not going to discuss it here. The one that I found is Xi hu Longjing. According to Hojotea.com, this type of tea is produced at the tea gardens in Xi Hu area at an altitude of 100 meters.
I used our cafetière to brew the tea. I boiled 300 ml of water, let it rest for a while til it reach the temperature 85 degrees C and then I poured the water on the French press and brew the tea for 2 minutes.
It was an exciting moment for me because I have never tried this tea before. In my opinion, the Longjing tea has a mild taste and a sweet scent. I recommend this tea to everyone.
Drinking tea is a part of my lifestyle and my diet. In fact, I drink at least a pot of tea everyday. My favorite tea is Sencha (green tea from Japan) followed by Genmaicha (green tea with roasted rice) and then Oolong tea (from China). I love teas because of its health benefits and because they bring back some childhood memories.
When I was younger, I used to drink those teas in teabags like for example Lipton and Twinings. Those teas are good but when I was introduced to Japanese loose tea, I fell in love with it instantly. From that moment, I knew that I have to order Japanese tea right away.
My partner introduced Oolong tea to me. Oolong’s aroma and taste has captivated my senses too and some memories from my past came back (I got a bit sentimental then.), like when I was sick my mom or grandma used to give me this kind of tea to me. I am not Chinese but I grew up with some Chinese culture in me because first I was surrounded by Chinese friends. Second, my great grandfather (according to my grandpa) was 1/4 or 1/2 Chinese. Then last, my grandfather’s business establishment was just a couple of blocks away from Manila’s China Town so he had lots of Chinese customers and made friends from that community too. So every year I got lots of Chinese stuff/gifts like moon cakes, hongbao (red envelope) and li hing mui (red salty dried plum) from my grandpa’s friends. I learned some Chinese words and characters/alphabets as well but too bad I cannot remember them anymore.
I cannot read what the tea packet says here. Well, some of the packets has the Latin alphabet translations but not this pack in the picture. How I wish we had Chinese at school! I thought that it was Oolong tea but when I opened the packet it was not Oolong leaves inside but red tea. At first I did not know what kind of tea it was but thanks to Mr. Wikipedia I found the answer. Here it is:
In Chinese and the languages of neighboring countries, black tea is known as “red tea” (Japanese 紅茶 kōcha; Korean 홍차 hongcha, Bengali লাল চা Lal cha, Assamese ৰঙা চাহ Ronga chah), a description of the colour of the liquid; the Western term “black tea” refers to the colour of the oxidized leaves. In Chinese, “black tea” is a commonly used classification for post-fermented teas, such as Pu-erh tea; outside of China and its neighbouring countries, “red tea” more commonly refers to rooibos, a South Africanherbal tea.