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Shang Tea Newsletter: July 2011
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Save 15% on Two Popular Teas!

This month, save 15% on your purchase of two of our rarest and most popular teas. Simply use the coupon code "delicioustea" at checkout to receive a 15% discount on Wild White Tea and Clear Jade Orchid.
Offer Expires: July 31, 2011

 

Fellow Tea Lover,

 

Happy summer to everyone out there! Hopefully you had a safe and fun holiday weekend and are enjoying the nice (incredibly hot!) weather. Even though the weather is hot, don't forget to enjoy a nice glass of hot or iced tea. Summer is always a great time for any tea, but white and green tea in particular tend to have more cooling properties than the darker teas and make for a great summer cup!
  
This month we will have a couple of articles. The first article talks about aging tea and the second describes the gaiwan, a traditional piece of chinese teaware designed to brew the highest quality tea. In addition, we also have our third installment of tea trivia!
  
Here is the news for July....
Aging Tea

 

When you buy loose leaf tea today in the United States you most likely receive the standard storage instructions; keep your tea stored in an airtight container at room temperature, make sure it is stored in a dry, low humidity environment, and ensure that your tea is not exposed to any strong odors. And if you follow these instructions, most tea companies will tell you that your tea will last anywhere from 1-2 years and the flavor will slowly diminish during that time.

 

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Tradional Brewing Tools: Gaiwan

 

For the past decade, the tea industry has been busy trying to create new teaware to help simplify loose leaf tea brewing. There are all sorts of new tools now such as all in one electronic brewing equipment, filter tea cups, and gravity filters designed to make tea brewing quick and easy.

 

These new tools are great and really help to make loose leaf tea more friendly and accesible so that everyone can enjoy the great flavor and benefits of loose leaf tea. Sometimes however it is also nice to really set aside some time to relax and enjoy the long and rich tea culture by using traditional teaware to brew tea. Today I am going to highlight one of the most famous Chinese brewing tools, the gaiwan.

  

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Tea Trivia Question

 

We continue the tea trivia this month with the following question posted on our facebook page: "How many times is traditional Jasmine tea scented with fresh jasmine blossoms?" Head over to our facebook page now to answer the trivia question!

From all of us here at Shang Tea (Shang, Fang, Lily, Erin, Anne, and Nick), thank you for your support! Please visit us at our store sometime soon, we'd love to join you for a cup of tea!

Shang Tea Co.
2450 Grand Blvd Suite #313,Kansas City, MO 64108
Store Products

 

White Peony King

White Peony King Leaves

Smooth and mellow White Peony King is honored for its soothing "health-giving" properties; this delicate white tea offers a silky texture and savory undertones. Won Golden Grand Prize in the Fujian Province Awards--#1 White Tea

 

Jasmine Snow Dragon

Jasmine Snow Dragon Leaves

Truly a treasure tea, freely rolled tea leaves open to present a delicate and beautiful jasmine flavor. Jasmine Snow Dragon is a very special tea of Shang Tea.

 

 

 

Jasmine White Tea Classic

Jasmine White Tea Leaves

Artful and exquisite, combining our high quality white tea with jasmine blossom infusion. Harvested in warm weather when the tea leaves grow quickly and form sweet, tightly-formed leaves.        

 

 

 

 

 

Pao Blossom White Tea

Pao Blossom White Tea Leaves

Cultivated on only 3-5 square miles of land in the world, the rare Pao Blossom is a relative of the grapefruit used medicinally in China to lower blood pressure and clean impurities away from the body. Our artesian tea infuses Pao blossoms four times with smooth white tea to create remarkable floral flavor unlike any tea. Shang Tea is the sole producer and only company to sell Pao Blossom Tea in the world

 

Honeysuckle White Tea

Honeysuckle White Tea Leaves

Smooth and soothing, this tea creation is from our "white peony King" white tea and wild Honeysuckle blossoms for a round and enchanting cup. This combination is not only beautiful and delicious, it contains wonderful healthful qualities.

 

 

 

 

High Mountain Green Tea (Premium)

High Mountain Green Tea Leaves

Like sunlight sparkling through leaves, refreshing bright clear green cup with strong flavor and crisp finish. This tea was grown in the misty billows of our 2700ft high mountaintop teafield, the rarest type of green tea plant. The very small and tender leaves create a sweet and very "green" flavor. Compared to most green teas, Our High Mountain Green Tea is slightly sweeter and milder.

 

Golden Needle King

Golden Needle King Leaves

Shimmering golden buds create a crisp and robust red tea made from fermented white tea buds and young leaves. Most red tea and black teas are derived from the green tea variety bush; this tea is derived from a white tea plant achieving a smoother touch. Our golden needle is grown on Tai Mu Mountain. A unique and new tea, Golden Needle is so named for its long narrow golden tipped leaves. Golden Needle is a rich full-bodied red tea with a rose-flavored finish.

 

Tangerine Blossom Red Tea

Tangerine Blossom Red Tea Leaves

Made from fermented white tea leaves and tangy tangerine blossoms added towards the end of the fermentation process. A pleasant, citrus flavor complements the deeper nutty Red Tea base.