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Chinese Teas for Golden Week

October 1 marks the start of Golden Week in the People’s Republic of China! While it’s still full steam ahead in Australia, why not celebrate with The Tea Centre’s delicious array of premium Chinese teas.

Does anyone else wish that Australia had an annual week-long national holiday like they do in China and Japan

October 1 rings in China’s national ‘Golden Week’, which also doubles as the perfect excuse for The Tea Centre to highlight some of the most delectable teas that this country has to offer! From Yunnan, Fujian, and Zhejiang come some of The Tea Centre’s most celebrated Chinese brews.

Found nowhere else in the world, here’s our list of favourite Chinese teas.

Pu-Erh King

If you’ve read our Tea Horse Road blog here, then you’ll know that pu-erh has historically been a brew worth travelling for. That means it is also the perfect tea to kick start our Golden Week celebrations with, given it’s a time of heightened domestic travel within China.

While we have several pu-erh varieties such as tuo cha and eight-year-aged shou pu-erh loose leaf, Pu-erh King takes the crown for being one of The Tea Centre’s finest tea offerings yet! 

This premium brew hails from Yunnan (as all true pu-erhs do) and is a ripe variety of pu-erh that’s been aged for five years. As a result, the chestnut-coloured leaves a darker and sweet tea. 

Ti Kuan Yin Oolong

With a nickname like ‘Iron Goddess’, of course, we had to include Ti Kuan Yin oolong to our list of favourite Chinese teas! Also, the only oolong on our list, this particular variety from the Fujian province is lauded for its pristine verdant taste (grassy but not astringent) and the unique, semi-rolled appearance of its leaves.

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There’s a legend that goes along with this mountain-grown tea too! One day, a poor farmer by the name of Wei came across a dilapidated temple centred around an iron statue of the goddess Guanyin. Disliking its abandonment, Wei began to regularly sweep the temple and light incense in tribute to Guanyin.

As a reward, the goddess came to Wei in a dream one night and told him that a treasure awaited him in a cave behind the temple. The next day, Wei found a tea shoot in the cave! Upon planting it, the tea shoot soon reaped some of the finest oolongs in China. 

One of its descendants is The Tea Centre’s very own Ti Kuan Yin Oolong! 

China Lychee

For those with a sweet tooth, look no further than our sparkling China Lychee tea! This beautiful blend incorporates syrupy lychee flavour into a bed of fine Chinese black tea.

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Similar to how many homes in Southern China welcome guests with lychee fruit, this tea was crafted with comfort and hospitality in mind! Stock up on this brew in your kitchen pantry so that you always have tea to greet guests with at home.

Lying somewhere between the taste of watermelon and strawberry, this light black tea tastes great on its own or as an iced tea!

Lung Ching Grade 1

The myth, the legend, the wonderful Lung Ching Grade 1! Just like Ti Kuan Yin Oolong, this brew also has several mythical origin stories. One is that Lung Ching (which also goes by the name “Dragonwell tea” and “Longjing”) was given ‘Gong Cha’ imperial status by the Kangxi emperor during the Qing dynasty.

Another is that the Qianlong emperor gave the Lung Ching bushes imperial status after being mesmerised by the farmer’s movements when picking the tea. There’s also a rumour that the best way to brew Lung Ching is by using water from the nearby Tiger Spring in Hangzhou. 

No matter what legend you like best, all point to the exclusivity that surrounds this flat-leaf green tea. Mellow, refreshing, and sweet, this delicious brew is grown solely in China’s Zhejiang province. We also stock a Grade 3 version here.

Yunnan FOP

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From the misty mountains of the Yunnan Province comes this wiry and earthy brew! Yunnan FOP harkens back to the true beginnings of tea, as it’s often thought that loose leaf was first cultivated in this region of the world. 

Its FOP grading stands for ‘Flowery Orange Pekoe’ (more on this here) and denotes the smattering of golden tips within this malty black tea blend. As a result, this brew is both earthy and sweet, with a heavenly scent that reminds one of fresh mountain airs.

Ready to explore The Tea Centre’s entire range of Chinese teas here in celebration of Golden Week? Find our whole collection here.

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