Solving Problems Every Tea Drinker Faces
2 February 2017
Issue #87: What About Matcha? (Offer Ending 28 February)
IN THIS ISSUE:
>> What About Matcha?
>> Tieguanyin Oolong Tea King Grade
>> Five Time Limited Offers
A newsletter reader - William - once asked: "Julian, I drink matcha. Do you sell a good matcha? Please include matcha in one of your newsletter."
Well, William, sorry for my late reply. Here is it - if you are reading this issue of newsletter!
Which is better, loose green tea or matcha?
Popular wisdom says when you consume green tea whole, you get more of the antioxidants than regular green tea.
To prove their points, matcha sellers often cite a 2003 study conducted by University of Colorado, which found that it contained 137 times as many antioxidants as a popular green tea beverage.
The same study also found that it contains antioxidants at least three times the rate of the largest literature value for other green teas.
So, is drinking matcha healthier than drinking green tea? Or is the truth more complex than what the matcha sellers make or out to be?
There is a place for both in a modern diet. I love adding green powder to smoothie and milk shake, but for my regular cup of tea, I would prefer high quality tea buds as they represent better quality and value for money. For further details, read Matcha Powder Health Benefits Vs Loose Green Tea.
How to buy
First, make sure the tea was grown and processed in Japan. Other countries simply don’t have the right environment to make a high-quality product.
Secondly, look at the color. The greener the tea is, the higher the quality.
Third, look for powder that has been stoneground. Powder produced by other methods loses a lot of antioxidants.
Fourth, try to determine what part of the tea plant was used. It should be made from the top 3 leaves and the bud only. Some companies will mix in stems and bigger leaves, and this makes it taste harsher than it should.
How to drink
When brewing a cup of matcha, you have to remember that a matcha is simply tiny bits of powdered leaves, it doesn't truly dissolve in liquid. It is more like a 'suspension' in the water.
Even when whisked up as much as possible and it looks
like a green liquid - there's still tiny bits of green plant material that you don't notice. Over time they can start to settle at the bottom of your cup.
Traditionally in a Japanese tea ceremony you whisk your matcha in a bowl with a bamboo whisk until there is froth - and then you drink the whole bowl rather quickly!
When at home, you probably want to drink it more slowly like a normal glass of tea. You can add it to matcha smoothie or give it s whisk to mix it up. You can also use a shaker bottle.
For further details, read Matcha Green Tea Guide - Types and Grades
For product reviews, read Matcha Green Tea Powder Reviews.
Tieguanyin Oolong Tea King Grade
Great news if you are looking to sample the 2016 King grade - the King 1 has been restocked!
Unlike the other four King grades that have been discontinued, King 1 is known as the Zhengwei i.e. Middle Taste.
The emphasis is on the after-feeling, which is extremely long, but the mouthfeel and light and the fragrance is slow, arising only after the second infusion.
This is the traditional method of making lightly oxidized Tieguanyin and is still very popular with the local Chinese people, which is why Shen continue to produce it.
The other King grades, however, have been terminated.
Tieguanyin Wang King Grade - Heavenly Fragrance
Free Worldwide Shipping + Five Additional Offers
Yes, free worldwide shipping is continuing until the end of February,
plus, you can get three of our highest quality teas with 15%
discount for a limited time period until 28 February 2017.
Due to difficult trading conditions, we will be cutting back on our inventory next year, so take advantage this year now while you can!
- Dongting Biluochun Green Tea
This AAA grade comes from the Dongting East Mountain.
The moderate climate, damp air and slightly acidic soil make Dongting Mountain a paradise for growing tea and fruit trees. Fruit trees and tea bushes grow together, side by side, giving Biluochun tea wonderful floral aroma and fruity flavor.
In China, we say she tastes "xian", a word that is probably best translated as fresh, unami or brothy.
Take a deep breathe when you open the tea packet. Can you smell detect the sweet, fruity aroma?
Pour hot water into your glass, and wait for the water to cool. Drop these tiny "snails" into the
glass, and watch them transform into tiny tea buds. Understand that the smaller the tea buds, the higher the grades.
- Anji Baicha Green Tea
Widely regarded in China as one of the most healthiest green tea to drink, she has been scientifically proven to contain 3-4 times more theanine. Known as the single most important "quality marker" of green tea, theanine is renown for it decaffeinating property. Drink a soothing cup of Anji Baicha and let her transport you to the meditational zone of high concentration and relaxation!
Annmary from Georgetown commented:
"This tea brews up with a very clear and delicate looking liquor, that has a beautiful flavour!"
"It makes me happy to think of the health benefits from the high theanine content, and I get at least three delicious infusions, that never go bitter, as with every tea that I have
tried from this website."
Often, to "stretch" a tea, once the flavour is fading, I will still brew it for a fourth time, but will add an herbal ingredient, so that flavour is pronounced again. With these high quality tea leaves, I trust that they are still giving out some nutrients, as I brew on in this manner."
- Zhuyeqing Green Tea
For those of you who like your green tea grassy, Zhuyeqing - otherwise known as Bamboo Green - is an excellent option.
The AAA grade is the highest grade of Ermei Mountain. Harvesting standard is high - only one bud with two adjacent leaves are picked.
The tea buds are such a delight to behold, and reminds me of the Tribute Dragon Well tea.
The leaves are a glossy green, shaped like a flat spear with two sharp ends - like a bamboo leaf. Also, notice how uniform the
tea buds are. The tea liquor has a medium rich body, high frequency floral aroma and a long aftertaste.
- Taiping Houkui Green Tea
Probably the most charming of Chinese green tea, Taiping Houkui is a tea bud, but it is big, floral and richly flavored.
We re-launch this tea in 2015 and the feedback we got has been exceptional.
Wende from Magnolia Blvd West praised her highly:
"This green tea has a floral bouquet and a wonderful flavor. It is rich and full. It is just an amazing tea and the best green tea I have had the pleasure to drink. We have heating the water to 185 degrees instead of recommended 175 degrees for green tea. We steep it for three minutes. This tea can make you bliss out."
- Mengding Ganlu Green Tea
Mengding Ganlu green tea
has a beautiful flavor. Our most delicate green tea, it is light, sweet and floral. The word "Ganlu" means Sweet Dew, which can be translated as heavenly nectar. It has the tiniest tea buds and they are green grayish white in color - because each tea bud is so young that they are covered by the downey white hair.
Here's a review from Ting:
"This is the first time I'm trying Mengding Ganlu. I ordered it because a reviewer was comparing it to Biluochun. It's even sweeter, I love it!"
You have until 28 February to enjoy a 15% discount on these teas. When you check out, simply use promotional code feb2017. Alternatively, click on the link below to enter the online tea shop to activate the offer:
Amazing Green Tea Shop
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