Year of the Rooster!

It's Chinese New Year and we start a Year of the Rooster and end a Year of the Monkey. People born in the Year of the Rooster are considered observant. Resourceful, courageous and talented, Roosters are very confident in themselves and they are hardworking. New Year traditions are colorful and plentiful.  Firecrackers are set off and Red Envelopes with Lucky Money are given to children. New Year Bells are rung and ancestors are remembered.

Each year, the New Year celebrations last for 7 - 10 days. Over 200 million Chinese are on the move to celebrate the New Year or Spring Festival. Train stations like the one below are packed to capacity.  The entire country is on the move. A family reunion dinner on New Year's Eve is a cherished occasion in China and family members travel long distances to continue this tradition. On the first day, Sons return...

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 27 Jan, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

China Teas for Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year - The China Collection

Ring the Bells - it's Chinese New Year and the start of a Year of the Rooster.  To celebrate it, we're bringing out the best of our China Teas. The cup of kings and emperors, dynasties and kingdoms, China's teas span the entire range of leaf and style. They are fragrant, toasty, mellow, astringent, smokey or robust.  There's one for every mood and every occasion.  We offer you five days of celebration - each day a new tea and each day an opportunity to receive a FREE bonus tea.

Silver Tips Tea Online loose leaf tea China White Tea Collection

We begin with White Tea.  Known for its...

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 27 Jan, 2017  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

In Praise of Organic Green Dew Tea


 17 Jan, 2017  |  Written by Dina Dunnings

All the Tea in China

Legend has it that Emperor Shen Nung was strolling through his garden, drinking his usual cup of boiled water, when a leaf from a nearby bush fell into this cup.  This was in 2737 B.C.  He was not only pleased with its taste but with early knowledge of herbal medicine, soon declared it to be medicinal drink.

In the sixteenth century B.C., the Taoist philosopher Lao-tzu also mentions tea in his great travels.  It is a fact that by 500...

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 20 Feb, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller

Pu-erh Tea

We received this informative tea tutorial from The Daily Tea this week.  Pu-erh can be a bit earthy for the average Black or Green Tea drinker but it's worth pursuing for those seeking something different.  Pu-erh comes from the Yunnan province of China.

We carry two types - an Organic loose leaf variety and the popular Tuo Cha, a compressed style in a small bird's nest shape. With the Chinese New Year...

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 05 Feb, 2016  |  Written by Anupa Mueller
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