Selecting your chinese tea
Friday, 20 December 2013
Are you a tea fanatic? Our Yangzi Explorer team share their top tips for selecting the best chinese tea...
1. Observe - Good or fresh tea has a green luster in a tight
shape, whereas a poor one looks loose and dull. The leaves should
be dry enough to make a rustling noise in your palm.
2. Smell - The fragrance should be pure without a charred taste or
acidic smell. Good tea, especially a fresh one, has a natural aroma
such as orchid or jasmine, while a poor one smells stale.
3. Taste - You can taste the leaves by chewing them carefully.
Good tea leaves have a fresh mellowness. You can also infuse some
to see if the leaves extend smoothly and sink slowly to the bottom.
Good tea liquor is emerald green or golden. It has a tint of
bitterness with a lasting sweet aftertaste. Stale liquor is
malodorous and dark brown.
4. Check the infused tea leaves - they should be even without