Ti Kuan Yin This exceptional Chinese Oolong also goes by the name "Iron Goddess of Mercy." Legend has it that the secret to this tea was given as a gift from the goddess to a devout farmer who had tended to her temple for many years. With tightly rolled leaves, only the outside edges are exposed to the elements. Gunpowder teas tend to be made from slightly lower quality leaves and offer and a lightly roasted, sometimes lightly smokey finish. Example: Gunpowder.
the names of Chinese teas named after the places they grew because it originated from the place, and some tea name also has stories, such as Oolong(Wu Long)Tea, as the producer get the fresh tea leaves home but he fogot to produce the tea at once, so the process was delay, when he produced tea with the no more fresh tea leaves,the tea even much better than the tea made with fresh tea leaves, that's very strange, but the tea became famous from then on. I make it simple, and you could get more materials.fracol wrote:Im just a little confused about the names of Chinese teas. For examle Silver Needle has a few great quality growing areas, but it really can be grown anywhere in China as long as it's known how to produce it. While you have Yunnan (which is a province of China) labeled as a tea. Yunnan does not ONLY produce black tea though it has a wide variety of quality green, white, and oolong teas. Plus Keemun for example, is this a small region in Anhui that only produces black tea?
Basically what i'm trying to say is i'm really confused. While some Chinese teas are named after regions they are grown in, others are named for production methods (lapsang souchong). And yet others like Ti Kuan Yin, have a little of both, grown in a certain area and undergoing certain processing. It's the one sole thing about tea that still utterly baffles me!!!