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Newsletter #18: Shen's Oolong Tea Autumn Launch!
November 18, 2008


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2008 18 November 2008 Issue #18:

Shen's Oolong Tea Autumn Launch!


>> Shen's Oolong Tea Autumn Launch
>> Green Tea and Eyes Benefits - UV, Cataract, MD and Glaucoma
>> Tea and Fluoride - Potential Health Hazard?


It is with a feeling of great pleasure that I am finally able to return to writing this newsletter. Phooh! What two months it has been!

I would like to say a BIG thank you to all contributors of feedback and ideas for future issues of Newsletter. This newsletter is meant to be highly informative and educational - I love it when you tell me how I can add value!

I wish you healthy and hearty in the midst of so many problems we are facing as humanity.

Having suffered through the 1997 Asian Crisis, the 2008 Credit Crunch really comes as a deja vu. The difference? This time round it is deeper, wider, and far more significant. A hedge fund manager once called our economy as being built on an iceberg of debt - well, this year really marked the sinking of the Titanic.

At the end of the day, I can only be thankful that I still have a roof under my head. My family is happy and healthy. And that's all that matters.

So, what does this financial crisis mean for tea drinkers? Well, despite all the talks about frozen bank lending and stock market plunge, what surprises me most is the currency market. Believe or not, the dollar has surged by a whopping 16% over the last two months.

Against the British Pound the green back has surged by a striking 25%. If you are thinking of visiting London for the 2012 Olympic, why not average into some British Pound now?

Now, stronger dollar - does it mean lower tea prices? Well, not yet. The Chinese Renminbi has followed the dollar all the way up. So no price reduction yet, but equally unlikely to have price hike for 2009.

Julian Tai

>>Coming Next... Huangshan Maofeng Green Tea - One of Chinese 10 Famous Tea.

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Oolong tea drinkers might remember that I held back from shipping the 2008 Spring harvest due to the rainy season in China. Well, if you are craving for an aromatic cup of Iron Goddess Oolong Tea in a cold winter day - Shen's autumnal harvest is now ready to go!

The harvest took place at around 15 October 2008. His tea has two distinctive features which are characteristic of high grade Iron Goddess Tea:

- Rui. This can be translated as penetration, high or sharpness. It is a feeling towards the top part of your mouth.

- Zhuang. This can be translated as robust and strong. Basically it is a distinctive feeling sustained at the root of your tongue.

When you are sampling, be conscious of what the various parts of your mouth and nose are doing - you may be pleasantly surprised at how enriching the experience could be.

A little more about the four types of Iron Goddess Tea....

The more oxidised the tea, the more mouth-y, and less nose-y it becomes. Iron Goddess Tea is less oxidised than Wuyi Oolong Tea, which makes it more aromatic and less mouth-y.

There are three levels of oxidisation within the Iron Goddess Tea:

- Nong Xiang. Also known as the traditional style, it is heavily oxidised.

- Yun Xiang is medium oxidised.

- Qing Xiang is lightly oxidised.

All three types are now available from Amazing Green Tea.

Which is the fourth type?

Well, Aged Oolong Tea. It is also known as Chen Xiang. Shen used to joke that only second rate tea shop would sell Aged Oolong Tea, because they tend to be the leftover from previous year harvest.

They are worth trying, but properly speaking, they should be sold at a lower price.

Which type of tea do I recommend?

If you are looking for an everyday beverage, I recommend the AA Grade Nong Xiang from $9.95 onwards.

If you are looking for a connoisseur experience, I recommend the Jipin Grade Yun Xiang from $19.95 onwards. The AAA grade Qing Xiang is good for people who likes their oolong tea green, sharp and aromatic. (But they are more acidic and may cause discomfort for those prone to stomach upset.)

The Aged Oolong Tea is available as free gift for any order above $100.

Iron Goddess Tea (Tieguanyin Wang)

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We have heard about the many health benefits of drinking green tea. One of the chief constituent of green tea is epigallocatechin-gallate (pronounced as eppy-gallow-CAT-akin gallate), commonly known as EGCG.

While EGCG is present in all type of Camellia Sinensis tea, it is only found in abundance in lightly oxidised tea such as green tea and white tea. Almost all the widely publicised health benefits of green tea is associated with EGCG. And even the little known ones too!

Yes, I am talking about the little known green tea and eyes benefits! Scientists have found that EGCG may protect your vision in at least three ways:

Green Tea and Eyes Benefits - UV, Cataract and MD Glaucoma

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Want to know which food and beverage may contain too much fluoride? The USDA database, which contains the fluoride content of more than 400 food and beverages, may be just what you need.

Tea and Fluoride - What Does USDA Say?



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