The text provides information about various types of tea and tea-producing regions in Shandong Province, China, along with some details about their characteristics, history, and processing methods.
Shandong Tea Production History
- Shandong is historically known for its significant contributions to various aspects, including agriculture and culture.
- Tea production in Shandong began in the 1950s, overcoming unfavorable climatic conditions through modern technology.
- Rizhao is the largest tea-growing district in Shandong, known for its abundant sunshine.
Popular Teas in Shandong, China
The most popular teas originating from Shandong, China are:
- Rizhao Tea
- Fulaiqing Tea
- Taishan Tea
- Xueqing Tea: The first local tea brand in Shandong, grown in greenhouses with stable temperatures to prevent frost and snow damage. Processed between January and February.
- Yunxiu Tea: Known for its chestnut scent, grown in a cloudy and misty environment. Rich in selenium and amino acids.
- Processing of Rizhao teas involves modern techniques such as soilless and pollution-free cultivation.
- The leaves are stirred, rolled (hot or cool rolling), and dried before selling.
Linyi Area and Fulaiqing Tea
- Fulaiqing tea is famous in the Linyi area, with its factory established in 1978.
- The tea factory focused on improving tea tree seedlings and later transformed into a modern tea processing factory.
- Fulaiqing tea was invented in 1995.
- Taishan Mountains in northern Shandong is the northernmost tea-producing area.
- The Taishan area has a humid and sunny climate during spring and autumn, with varying day-to-night temperatures that help accumulate nutrients.
- Popular brands include Jingkou and Taohuayu teas.
Characteristics of Shandong Teas
- Shandong teas are noted for their milder aroma compared to southern teas.
- The full aroma of Shandong tea is released only when fully steeped, making multi-brewing less efficient.
- Most northern teas, including Shandong teas, are machine-made, making them more affordable and abundant.
- Debates exist on whether modern techniques should replace traditional ones, with differing opinions among experts.
Coexistence of Modern and Traditional Tea Production
- The tea industry in Shandong combines modern and traditional methods.
- Small workshops coexist with large factories, catering to different consumer preferences and maintaining a healthy tea market.