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Ultimate Grade Longjing Tea Pre-Launch Offer Ending Soon!
August 11, 2007
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Amazing-Green-Tea Newsletter 12 August 2007 Edition Issue #5:

Ultimate Longjing Tea Pre-Launch Offer Ending Soon!


“Every medicine is the only medicine for a specific disease, but tea is the medicine for all causes,” Chen Zang, a famous Chinese pharmacist in Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 A.D.).

"The subject is happiness, and I imagine a way of life - we sip tea and talk. These are my daydreams,” Moshe Dayan. - your insider's guide to drinking truly
amazing tea from China at best value prices.

>     Table of Content

0. Announcements

1. Tea Spotlight

- Oolong Tea History - The Origins of Black Dragon

2. Tea News

- Green Tea and Stroke Studies

3. Tea Bits

- Green Tea Storage - Guarding Against The Five Enemies

4. Ask The Editor

- Teas for Different Occasions

--0--     Announcements

--0.1--     Ultimate Grade Tribute Dragon Well Tea Offer To End In 3 Days!

Last call for the Ultimate Grade. The 15% discount offer is ending on 15 August. For those who haven't tried it, now is the time to take advantage of the one-off offer.

The Tribute Dragon Well tea comes from a tea garden that supplies the Chinese White House. This is the top grade, and retails for 800 renminbis or 107 dollars per 50 grams in China.

Yes, it is a bit crazy over there. There are plenty of rich people who would pay this kind of money. In Amazing-Green-Tea, we keep it all down to earth.

With the Pre-Launch Offer, you enjoy a discount of 70% compared to the Chinese retail prices.

Amazing Green Tea Store

--0.2--     Tea Reviews From Sigurd --------------------------------

Since the Pre-Launch offer is ending, I thought I will share below some interesting reviews I get on the Ultimate Grade.

Sigurd from Sweden decided to sample it - wine style. To quote him:

Today, I did a wine-style testing of the Special and Ultimate grades.

Made 3 brews of each - with 6 wine glasses.

Yes, wine tasting glasses. They keep the bouquet nicely in the glass and it is easy to see the colour of the tea against a white background.

4,5,7 minutes brewing time of a table spoon (15ml) of Dragonwell tea.

Ultimate Grade leaves are greener, larger and less small stuff. Feel like higher quality.

When brewed, it is lighter in colour. More greenish, less brownish and less golden. Also taste more full bodied, a bit more fruity - more fresh (like comparing a new apple with an old apple - more sourly fresh).

Smell is also more fresh. Less oily.

He rates it 5 out of 5.

--0.3--     Tea Reviews From Naomi ----------------------------------

Naomi brews the tea in a 750 millimetres bottle that she takes to work every morning:

I notice two differences between the Ultimate grade and the Special grade--

(1) the Ultimate grade is sweeter,

and (2) I make up 750 ml of tea in the morning and take it with me to work, leaving the tea leaves in.

By the end of the day the Special grade can become somewhat bitter. The Special grade does not do this.

She rates it 5 out of 5.

Tribute Dragon Well Tea Customers Reviews

--0.4--     Tea Sourcing ----------------------------------------------

We are busy sampling quite a few oolong teas in preparation of a possible autumn launch.

Danica has been very kind to give me second opinions on the samples. Thank you, Danica, for ever being so kind.

Unlike green tea, where the best tea gardens only harvest once a year - in spring, oolong tea is usually harvested 3 or 4 times a year, with spring and autumn yielding the finest teas.

In China, they are renown for promoting weight loss. It definitely makes me feel hungrier afterwards.

I have also located a tea garden producing quite possibly the most expensive tea product in China, and it is still unheard of in the West.

Its prices will be unaffordable to any of us except the like of Bill Gate, but it will be a fascinating read nevertheless.

If you've recently tried a great tea or would like to suggest a tea, ping it on!

If it's new to us, a secret prize awaits if we manage to source it successfully.

--1--     Oolong Tea History - The Origins of Black Dragon
Oolong tea is also known as wu-long.

Wu means Black. Long means Dragon. So it is a Black Dragon tea.

It is generally accepted by Chinese scholars that the tea emerges before the 16th Ming dynasty. How exactly it came about is lost in the myth of history.

There are 3 widely quoted theories on how it happened.

Oolong Tea History - The Origins of Black Dragon

--2--     Green Tea and Stroke Studies

Does drinking green tea reduce stroke risk? Dr Fraser from Curtin University of Technology investigated in his 2007 literature review.

According to him, two green tea and stroke population studies reported positive findings. A large number of studies have also proposed biological mechanisms on how consuming tea may reduce stroke risk.

But results have been inconsistent. Interpreting them is tricky. Populations can respond differently to tea drinking. The types of tea, how long it is being consumed and the types of stroke can sway the results either way.

Green Tea and Stroke Studies

--3--     Green Tea Storage - Guarding Against The Five Thieves

Catherine from Calgary asked me about storing green tea. Here is an article summarising the theory and practice behind it.

Green tea storage is tricky, but it is well worth the effort. You don't need to invest in any special equipment, some simple guidelines will go a long way.

Green Tea Storage - Guarding Against The Five Thieves

--4--     Ask The Editor - Teas for Different Occasions

Catherine also asked which tea is good for calming, and if there is a tea for each occasion. This is my reply to her:

The calming property of tea comes from theanine, which is present in the highest quantity in green tea, especially one that is picked very early spring like the Ultimate Grade Longjing tea you bought earlier.

Theanine is probably the single more important marker of green tea quality. Here is what it does:

It is also well known that Dragon Well tea has a higher theanine level.

White tea is also known to have high level of theanine.

As for tea for each occasion, it is useful to know which tea is warming and which is cooling

Generally speaking, the more oxidised and roasted the tea, the more warming it is.

It is advisable to drink cooling tea in summer and warming tea in winter.

It is also advisable to drink warming tea when one has a weak stomach.

Here is one commonly quoted system:

Spring            Flower tea
Summer          Green/White tea
Autumn          Light to medium oxidised oolong
Winter           Heavily oxidised oolong/Red/Black tea

The key principles are:

Flower tea removes dampness - hence spring, where it tends to be wetter in China.
White tea is very cooling - hence summer
Dark teas are warming - hence winter

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Written by Julian Tai,  BEng, MSc, FIA
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