Chinese people enjoy various kinds of tea; you can even compare it to wine for westerners! I finish this day with a Chinese tea appreciation class at a teahouse called “Lock Cha” which means “pleasure of tea”.
Through the class, the teacher introduces me to many various teas, their preparation and their drinking “etiquette” which is different for each kind of tea.
You will find tea everywhere in China but you have to make sure it is a good tea as this one is rare.
We started with the green tea especially known for its health properties. A green tea here doesn’t have the same taste than the one in France… it tasted like grass and nuts… not that nice if you want my opinion.
The second test was the red and Chinese black tea. Those two teas have strong flavors described as cocoa, fruits and honey. The Chinese black tea is often compressed into cakes and bricks and some people say that it helps cure hangovers…
The other teas, yellow and white, were very similar: they tasted sweet and with floral fragrance. They are often served before a meal to be able to focus on the taste of the meal rather than on the taste of the drink.
Having an excellent tea is only part of the work; you have to respect other rules in order to become a tea master. The water you are using is very important: filtered water is better and never re-boil the water as it makes the tea flat. You also have to use glass, porcelain or clay and try to avoid metal tea wares.