TheTeaGallerie/ is a company that specializes in fragrant exotic loose-leaf teas and tea ware from around the world. In recognition for their dedication to providing the public with high quality gourmet tea, they have won the San Diego A-list award for the best tea house two years in a row.
They have Black Teas, Herbal Teas, Chai, Flowering, Green, Mate, Oolong, Pu-Erh, and White Tea as well as Teas for Kids. A great variety for you to choose from.
They also carry Specialty Rare Teas such as
Competition Grade Tea
Special Green Tea
Special White Tea
Have you ever wondered how tea is made? Well here is your answer.
Tea originates from China some 5,000 years ago, and is often attributed to Emperor Shen Nung. No matter which type of tea you prefer, all teas derive from the same shrub, Camellia Sinensis. What determines whether the leaf becomes black, white, green, oolong, or pur-erh tea, depends on the way in which it is harvested and processed.
White tea often comes from younger tea leaves and more delicate buds, and is usually shielded from sunlight. The organic white tea we use is harvested in China, only a few weeks out of the year. White tea undergoes the least amount of processing and minimal oxidation. Leaf buds are processed into white tea immediately after picking by drying and withering the tea leafs.
Green Tea most closely resembles the original tea leaf because it is made solely with the leaves of Camellia Sinensis. The oxidation process is skipped by cooking the green tea leafs immediately after being harvested. Depending on the particular province or preferred method, the leafs can then be either be dry wok roasted or steamed.
This semi-oxidized tea involves a specialized technique. The oxidation process is specifically manipulated by massaging or basket tossing the leaves, withering, climate and the heating method selected. Perfectly hand roasting the tea leaves throughout the night in several steps is our heating method.
While in the western it is known as black tea, in East Asian countries and China commonly refer to it as "red" tea; this is evidently because of the bright golden-red color of the infusion. The tea leaves are withered and allowed to completely oxidize during the process of making black tea.
This bold and smooth tea is often called "dark" tea in China because of it's color, but it isn't to be confused with black tea. The earthy delight of pu-erh teas go through a distinctive fermentation process in which microbes act on the tea leaves causing them to darken and the flavor to alter. In the same way some individuals prefer aged wines, pu-erh tea is influenced by various environmental factors and conditions over a period of time. This unique method facilitates a superb richness, value.
This is the proper way to make tea:
Step 1) Heat the temperature of the water according to the type of tea
White Tea 175-185°
Green Tea 185°
Oolong Tea 185-195°
Pu-erh Tea 206°
Black Tea 192-205°
Herbal Tea 206°
Mate Tea 185°
Step 2) Place the loose-leaf tea into your tea maker. We recommend around 1 tablespoon for black, green or oolong; 1 ½ for white or herbal.
Step 3) Add the hot water for steeping. Steeping time is another aspect that varies in regard to the tea type.
White Tea 1-3 Minutes
Green Tea 2-3 Minutes
Oolong Tea 3-5 Minutes
Pu-erh Tea 3-5 Minutes
Black Tea 3-5 Minutes
Herbal Tea 5-7 Minutes
Mate Tea 3-5 Minutes
Step 4) Once the steep time is finished, simply place your tea maker on top of your favorite teacup or mug, drain and enjoy.
So here is your chance now to win some of these fabulous teas. One lucky winner will win two packets of loose tea of their choice. Good luck to everyone.