Tasting Teas at Hunan Tea


 Sep 14, 2013 |  Written by Anupa Mueller

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Today we visited Hunan Tea Company, one of the largest producers and exporters of tea in China.  Their establishment is impressive - Offices, Processing Facilities, Packing, Transportation, Cold Storage, an Extract and Capsule plant as well as a Tea Museum, a Tea Room open to the public, a small Tea Garden with more than 50 varietals, a Research Facility and Testing Lab.  And we saw it all followed by a lengthy tasting of several teas, primarily Green and a few White.  A significant difference in tasting here - they routinely use 5-7 grams of tea per cup and steep 5 minutes.  We discussed this at length and even though that is the authentic method here, we know that would never work in the U.S, where we typically use 2 grams and steep for 2-3 minutes.  (And I need one of these tea scales!).

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