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Chinese Tea

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The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments. The nobility considered the consumption of good tea as a mark of their status, and the common people simply enjoyed its flavour.

According to legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor and herbalist, Shennong (sometimes referred to as Shen Nung) in 2737 BC. Please note that we are not actually sure that Shennong ever existed, rather like our own King Arthur… It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it. One day, on a trip to a distant region, he and his army stopped to rest. A servant began boiling water for him to drink using branches from a wild tea bush and as the wood burnt, a leaf detached from it and fell into the bubbling water. The emperor drank it and found it very refreshing, and cha (tea) came into being.

Green tea originated in China and is purported to have health benefits, with some evidence suggesting that regular green tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease.

Our varieties of Green tea are made from superior quality China teas, including Oolong, that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing.