Kong Zi Institute

Tea and Wine

Wuyi Yan Tea: One of the Top Ten Chinese Teas

As a widely-known specialty of the Wuyi Mountain region, Wuyi Yan tea (Rock Oolong tea) is also a superb Oolong tea on the list of Top Ten Chinese Teas. In the Wuyi Mountains, there is a saying "Among the rocks comes out the tea leaves, only the leaves there are of the best quality". This saying is where the name of the tea comes from. Scattered along the Jiuqu River, under the 36 peaks and 99 prominent rocks, the tea plants are the best ornaments

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Oolong Tea

Oolong Tea, also known as Wulong tea and semi-fermented tea, is a unique and distinctive tea category among several major types of Chinese teas. Its production process is very exquisite, and each process must be completed in accordance with stringent requirements so that this high quality tea can be made. As a category between black tea and green tea, oolong tea has both the sweet and aromatic characteristics of black tea and the fresh, delicious

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Yunnan Pu’er tea

Yunnan Pu'er tea is a famous tea produced in Yunnan that has a reputation spanning the ages and all across the world. Its raw material is the primary Dian (Yunnan) green tea which is native to Xishuangbanna. Pu’er is the result of processing. Pu’er tea has a long history and the trade of Pu’er tea can be traced back as early as the Tang Dynasty. Pu’er tea is made from the fresh leaves of high-quality, large-leaved tea plant species in Yunnan

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Making Wine

Making wine with the distiller’s yeast is an important invention of the brewing technology for ancient Chinese. The original distiller’s yeast is made of the musty or germinant grain, mainly including wheat and rice. With the improvement of the musty grain, people made the distiller’s yeast suitable for brewing. The distiller’s yeast contains filamentous fungus (mildew) which can make the starch diastatic and yeast which can help to make

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Traditional methods

I. Characteristics: Simple tea wares and free methods of making tea, suitable for drinking by the masses. II. Tea making steps: Heat the pot: pour boiled water into the pot till it is full. Pour the water: pour the water out of the pot and into tea plate. Put in tea: this is a rather cultured way of putting in tea. Put a tea funnel near the mouth of pot and then put the tea-leaves into the pot by teaspoon. Pour water: pour the boiled water into the

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Tea Masters in Teahouses

People in ancient times called Lu Yu the “tea master”, as Emperor Dezong of the Tang Dynasty respectfully called him “tea master” after his book “The Classic of Tea” was published. Gradually, people began to call those who made and served tea as tea masters (referring to the book “The Record of What Mr. Feng Sees and Hears”). Most waiters who worked in teahouses had excellent tea-making skills, and other unique skills. Moreover, their

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Weak Wine of Lu Country Resulted in the Siege of Handan

The Chinese story “Weak Wine of Lu Country Resulted in the Siege of Handan”, told the following content: When Chu Xuan Wang met with leuds, Gong Gong from Lu Country came late with weak wine, which made Chu Xuan Wang very angry. Gong Gong said, I was the offspring of Zhou Gong with exploit in the royal family. This was already very polite to send wine to you, regardless of the etiquette and identity. You still blamed for the weakness of the wine.

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Tea Drinking Customs in South-East Asian Countries

The major south-east Asian countries where people drink tea include Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Brunei, etc. People in these countries were influenced by Chinese people who have the custom of drinking tea, so they have tea drinking custom for a long time. The way of drinking tea is varied: they drink green tea and black tea as well as oolong, Pu’er tea and scented tea; they drink

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