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Taking a look at Tea

The flavor of green tea depends on the choice of the leaves used, the growing region and also the length of storage. A Chinese friend told me that I could “revive” tealeaves that have been stored too long by heating them in the oven for a while before brewing. This, when brewed, would result in a better cup of old tea.

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From Chinese Antiquity, Tea Has a Long History

Tea first became a beverage during the Han Dynasty (202 B.C. – A.D. 220), especially among scholars. Due to the increase in tea consumption at that time, tea rituals at the imperial court gradually developed. When the emperor invited scholars to a reception, he served tea as a sign of strong appreciation.

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