Interesting Tea Facts
Tea Fact #1
Theanine is a unique chemical component of tea that promotes many health benefits, including inducing relaxation, enhancing immunity, and reducing blood pressure. In a recent study, the amount of theanine found in tea infusions made from oolong teas with stem is higher than leaf-only oolong tea as theanine were accumulated more abundantly in stem than in leaf. Thus, oolong teas with stem are much more beneficial for health.
Tea Fact #2
Although different teas have varying abilities of retaining flavour after each steep, from a nutritional point of view, 80% of the vitamin C and amino acids in the tea leaves would be released upon the first infusion. By the second steep, almost all of it would have been infused into the tea.
Tea Fact #3
Starting from the Tang and Song dynasties, tea presented to the emperor in Imperial China was grown in Fujian’s Wuyi Mountains.
Tea Fact #4
Written by Lu Yu in the Tang Dynasty, The Classic of Tea is the first known monograph on tea that is still looked upon as a vital historical reference till this day. Revered as the Sage of Tea, the author, Lu Yu, was brought up in a Buddhist monastery since childhood. As a result, Chinese tea culture and Chinese Zen philosophy became closely linked, allowing tea-drinking to become a way to attain harmony within body and mind.
Tea Fact #5
When tasting different kinds of tea in one sitting, the order of consumption should be based on the tea’s level of fermentation, starting from the least fermented, in this order: Green tea, white tea, yellow tea, oolong tea, dark tea. By drinking in this order, one can prevent caffeine overdose which may cause dizziness and heart palpitations.
Tea Fact #6
In Chinese tradition, tea gifting is a crucial aspect of marriage ceremonies. With the tea plant symbolising unchanging love and the tea seeds representing the wishes for a fertile union, newlyweds exchange tea in hopes of attaining a lasting marriage blessed with happiness. Interested to learn more about traditional Chinese customs? Head over to SCCC’s multimedia permanent exhibition, SINGAPO人 to gain new insight!
Tea Fact #7
The Chinese character for tea – “茶” – has various parts which can be read as man (人) in the midst of the grass(草) and woods (木）.This highlights an essential relationship between tea drinking and the appreciation of nature’s beauty.
Tea Fact #8
Tea bushes, if properly maintained, can have an average life span of over 100 years. In fact, the world’s oldest cultivated tea tree is now over 3,200 years old! Appropriately named the “Splendid Tea Tree King”, this tree is now a protected living fossil in Fengqing county of Yunnan, China.