Tea Culture

Dragon Phoenix Yixing Teapot Review

Recently we received pictures from a visitor, who wanted our opinion on a very special teapot.

December 26, 2019

Dan Cong Oolong Tea: Legend, History & Origin

Read about how Dan Cong tea was the elixir of the last emperor of the Song dynasty Zhao Bing and the rise of this oolong tea during the Qing dynasty lead by emperor Jia Qing.

September 30, 2019

The Legend of Silver Needle Tea: The Origin of Bai Hao Yin Zhen

Here's a story one of the white tea farmers in Fujian told us during our sourcing trip.

September 29, 2019

8 Yixing Teapot Features You Should Know About

The city of Yixing isn’t just the average industrial town in China. In fact, it’s known for its purple clay (‘zisha’) teapots, also known as Yixing teapots.
September 24, 2019

Tea Rituals & Customs: The Forgotten Part of Chinese Business Etiquette

Learn about Chinese tea etiquette and why it's essential for business meetings.

September 18, 2019

The Legend of Da Hong Pao Tea

The story of one of China's most famous oolong tea: Da Hong Pao.

July 13, 2019

History of Black Tea: Where Did Black Tea Originate From?

In the early days of tea, tea production was as simple as simply picking and drying and/or roasting the leaves. But during the Ming Dynasty people noticed that tea leaves can actually be allowed to wither and oxidise. These allowed the leaves to develop more flavour and black tea was discovered.

November 7, 2018

An Yixing Teapot Per Tea? Or Per Type?

Recently we got this interesting question: "Do you think that using a single Yixing teapot for both Dian Hong and Jin Jun Mei is acceptable or ought be avoided?" As you may expect there's no straight answer to this...

July 27, 2018

Yixing Teapot Artist: Wu Hong Cai

Wu Hong Cai, is a down to earth tea artist, who started his career during the 70s in a Yixing workshop.

July 24, 2018

Tea Etiquette: Is Slurping Tea Bad Manners?

Slurping tea is very common in China, but it can be annoying sometimes in the West. Why should you slurp tea? Is it considered bad manners? And how can you still fully enjoy tea without slurping? Here's the trick.

July 18, 2018

Is Tea Halal? Is Caffeine Halal?

There are 1.6 billion muslims in the world and tea is the second most consumed beverage after water. Given just these two facts, and you can imagine that this is a frequently asked question: “Is tea halal?”

December 15, 2017

How To Store Pu Erh Tea Properly?

How should you store pu erh tea? Aging your pu erh optimally while taking into account important pu erh tea storage factors such as humidity and temperature.

November 28, 2017

Osmanthus Rice Cake Recipe (Gui Hua Nian Gao)

A delicious rice cake with a sweet lingering aroma of osmanthus: it’s the taste of Southern China. Here's the perfect recipe for osmanthus rice cake (gui hua nian gao, 桂花年糕).

November 24, 2017

Pu Erh Tea Blend Versus Single Origin

When buying pu erh tea, some people care whether the tea is a blend of leaves or single origin tea. There's a lot of negative perception on the word 'blend' amongst tea lovers. The common belief is that low quality leaves are blended, while good tea is pure. However, blends aren't necessary bad. Big brands like Xiaguan and Dayi both offer pu erh that are mostly blended. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of pu erh blends versus pure pu erh.

November 22, 2017

Ashimei: The Female Tea Caravan Horse Rider

Along the ancient tea horse road, the story of Ashimei should be remembered.

August 20, 2017

Mei Zhan Oolong Tea Review: A Wuyi Rock Tea

Mei Zhan is a tea cultivar from Wuyishan that produces a bold and rich oolong tea. Recently we've received a request from a tea lover to source this tea for him. And as curious as we're we made sure to get some more to try it out ourselves.

June 20, 2017

A Tea Poem by Su Shi (Su Dongpo): Simmering Tea with Fresh River Water

Su Shi (1037-1101), also know as Su Tungpo, was a Chinese writer, poet, painter, calligrapher and statesman of the Song. As a tea enthusiast, he showed his love for tea in many of his works. In this post, we introduce you one of his tea poems today. We hope you enjoy it!

June 12, 2017

Koi Carbs & Gold Fishes In Chinese Culture: 7 Ways Fishes Appear as a Lucky Symbol

Among the Chinese charms, the koi fishes and gold fishes are among the most often used Chinese lucky symbols. Let’s take a look of 7 ways fishes appear in Chinese culture.

May 24, 2017

Buy Tea With Bitcoin!

Teasenz now accepts payment by Bitcoin, in addition to our existing PayPal and Credit Card payment options. If you’re new to Bitcoin, we’ve prepared some information about what Bitcoin is and how you can start purchasing our tea using Bitcoin. At last, in the last paragraph we explain our decision to accept Bitcoin.

May 8, 2017