The Best Traditional Chinese Teas and Tea-making Accessories
Chinese teas for health lovers never developed an intricate tea ceremony like chanoyu in Japan-which, by the way, they tend not to like because its elaborate stylization is quite contrary to the Taoistic feeling of spontaneity and carefree informality they associate with tea drinking. Nevertheless, there is definitely a Chinese art of tea. It is known as ch’a-shu.
Ch’a-shu embraces skill in the growing and processing of tea leaves; knowing how to brew fine teas so as to extract the maximum flavour and aroma; cultivating a taste for all kinds of delightful (but not necessarily expensive) ceramics and other accessories; collecting old poems, songs and stories about everything to do with tea; and, above all, knowing how to relax and savour a brew in pleasant surroundings so that a tea session becomes a short retreat from the stresses and strains of modern life.
There are different classes of Chinese tea for health and the many famous brands of tea brands in China (for each class of tea there are also many different brands, such as Long Jing green tea from Hangzhou, the Bi Luo Chun green tea from Tai Hu and so on).
In this category is listed, what I feel are, the top companies for you to choose from. I find that experimenting with different teas and herb combinations is the best way to find the right one(s).
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