Chinese New Year celebrations start on Tuesday the 5th of February and 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Those born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 or 2007 are all “Pigs”.
Pigs might not stand out in a crowd. But they are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs are the opposite.
Though not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life. They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves. They are a bit materialistic, but this is motivation for them to work hard. Being able to hold solid objects in their hands gives them security.
They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even for boring jobs. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status. They believe that only those people have the right to speak, and that’s what they want.
China and its culture are a huge part of the tea industry and so at The Tea House we love celebrating Chinese New Year. Once again we’ve put together a collection of wonderful Chinese teas to celebrate the New Year’s arrival.
Our Special Chinese New Year Teas
Rose Congou is not so well known outside China, yet a classic flavoured loose leaf tea. Scented with rose petals – sweet and soothing. A China classic since the Ming dynasty (1368-1644)!
Bai Mu Dan
Bai Mu Dan (Pai Mu Tan) translates as White Peony. A Fujian province loose leaf white tea. Using a bud and two young leaves, this fine white tea is handled as little as possible during processing being allowed to dry naturally, usually in the sun.
Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearl
Jasmine tea of the highest quality. Freshly picked leaves are repeatedly layered with jasmine blossom then rolled into pearls. Their intense jasmine flavour is released on brewing.
A higher grade Lapsang. The large lower leaves of the tea plant (‘Souchong’ leaves) are smoked over pine wood rich in resin. Classic smokiness and just a little spicy. It is claimed by some that Lapsang Souchong was the first black tea produced in China. According to legend it came about during the Qing era when passing armies delayed the annual drying of the tea leaves and to be able to supply to need the producers had to dry the leaves over pinewood fires.
Celestial Jasmine Chung Hao
A speciality formerly reserved exclusively for the Chinese Imperial Court. Very lightly oxidised pouchong green tea is scented with the delicate perfume of jasmine flowers.