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How to Make Loose Leaf Iced Tea

Iced TeaIced tea is a great and refreshing way to cool down in the heat. We here at Yezi Tea love to spend hot summer evenings outside drinking glass after glass of our favorite iced teas. While many may enjoy the taste of sugar filled prepackaged mixes or tea bag blends, we believe that there is no better iced tea than loose leaf iced tea. Just how do you make iced tea with loose leaf tea, you ask? Well, let’s find out! Below, you will not only find some of our tried and true iced tea recipes, but also, some tips and tricks to make your own great tasting refreshment all summer long.

Oolong Tea

Oolong teaIn Chinese, Oolong (or Wulong) means “Black Dragon” – and if its name is an homage, black dragons must be mighty complex creatures! Toting a wide variety of flavors, aromas, and aesthetics, oolong is thought of by many to be the most complex out of all tea types. To be considered an oolong, a tea must be partially oxidized, placing it somewhere between green teas (which are not oxidized) and black teas (which are fully oxidized). Just how oxidized the tea is depends greatly on the region in which the tea is produced.

Comparing 2013's and 2014's loose leaf teas

Green Tea - Long Jing TipsIf you are looking to find out what this year’s newest Yezi teas have in store, you have come to the right place. With the new season of teas in full swing, we thought that it would be fun to ask our farmers about the differences between this year’s teas and last’s. From changes in harvest sizes to changes in tea leaf sizes, and everything in between, we will be surveying the lay of the land and giving you an exclusive delve into the expertise of tea farmers. Let’s find out what was discovered!

Green Tea - Lü Cha

Green Tea - Jasmine PearlsWhen many people imagine the tea fields of China, they imagine a lush, vibrant, tapestry of greenery that shimmers in the sun. It is from this awe inspiring image that green tea gets its name, for when you look upon green tea leaves, much of that color and vibrancy still remains. Although commonplace in many parts of the world, green tea is arguably the most important tea type that there is. Steeped in tradition, antiquity, society, and lore, learning about this verdant tea type just may be the best place to start if you are seeking to know more about tea as a whole. Thus, with that said, let green tea's vibrancy in color and spirit carry you away into Yezi Tea's second installment on tea types.

White Tea - Bai Cha

White Tea - CupRare, delicate, and exotic, white teas are the orchids of the tea world. Named after the color of its leaves, which ranges from white, to silver, to pale green, white tea as we know it has been enchanting tea lovers since the late 1700s. Its light and refreshing taste, perfume-like aroma, and beautiful, young, downy leaves are just some of the many characteristics that make white tea so special. Although it is the least processed of the six tea types, the simplicity of how white tea is made utterly contrasts the complexities of the tea type. Just what complexities? Let’s delve deeper into the alluring world of white tea and find out.

The Tea Horse Road

Silver HorseA tale of princesses, warhorses, bandits, ancient cultures, and potent elixirs, the story of The Ancient Tea Horse Road is one that should not be forgotten. The Tea Horse Road or, Chamadao in Mandarin, was a pivotal path used for over a thousand years as a means of trade. Branching from Ya'an and Yunnan to Lhasa, Tibet, the path was as grueling as it was influential. It was traveled by fearsome and brave muleteers who lead caravans filled with tea from the fields of Yunnan, to trade from warhorses bred on the plateau of Tibet.

Advice for Those New to Loose-Leaf Tea

Two cups with Chinese red knotsJoining the ranks of the league of loose-leaf tea drinkers may seem like a daunting task for some. With wide variety and complex flavors and aromas, selecting the teas that may be right for you can be a formidable yet joyous conundrum. One may feel like an awestruck child in a candy shop filled with wondrous delights. From tea type to tea region, from teaware to brewing techniques, there are several topics to consider when first starting out. With that being said, making the leap from bagged teas to loose-leaf does not have to be complicated. We at Yezi believe that the basics of selecting and brewing loose-leaf tea are easy to understand and follow. Thus, we would like to invite you down the rabbit hole and into the wonderland that is the world of loose-leaf tea. We assure you that, unlike Alice, you won't get lost.

Bagged Tea vs. Loose-leaf Tea - Part 2

Loose leaf tea vs bagged teaThe same reason why tea bags became popular in the early to mid 1900s is the reason why they remains popular today. Many people like their teas like they like their sports cars: Fast and strong. While there is nothing wrong with that, we believe that there is a large misconception that loose-leaf teas are not convenient. Without a doubt, pulling a tea bag from its container, placing it in boiling hot water, and within minutes, enjoy a strong brew of tea, is easy. However, preparing loose-leaf teas can be comparably convenient. Loose-leaf tea can be made seamlessly without any special tea-equipment.

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