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Facts about tea from tea expert Jon Stout of Golden Moon Tea

I recently had an email discussion with tea expert Jon Stout of Golden Moon Tea. He offers facts about tea that will interest you. His advice is worth taking. Read the interview here.


Email Interview

 

Question:
Jon, what is your tea background?

Jon:
Golden Moon Tea was founded in 1993 based upon the three core business concepts of quality, balance and customer service. Our family got into tea the normal way by background (my wife is Hong Kong Chinese where tea is king) and our entire family drinks tea for health and the good flavor of the blends.

Let's get to the facts about tea and gourmet tea information

 

Question:
What is the best way for people just beginning to explore tea to be able to assess tea quality?

Jon:
Most tea companies have web sites and a few solicit testimonials and rankings from their customers. Review these sites and it will give you a feel for various types of tea (caution: if the reviews are all excellent they are probably being manipulated by the site owner). See if they have won any major competitions. Also we offer samples of all of our tea in a nice gift package. Lastly, refer to the “articles” section of our web page. Lastly, the internet can provide a tremendous amount of information.

Question:
Is it true that tea grown at higher elevations are superior, and if so why?

Jon:
Yes and no. Altitude is certainly a factor in tea quality but temperature, humidity and means of processing play a big role in the tea experience.

Question:
What would tea grown at lower elevations be used for?

Jon:
Generally for processing under the CTC method where the leaves are lower grade and used for bagged tea.

Question:
Do you sell any single estate teas? If so which ones?

Jon:
Yes, our Darjeelings are single estate as well as a number of white, green and oolongs.

Question:
Can you tell us if your tea will remain fresh in the container it is packaged in? Should we transfer it to a different kind of storage container?

Jon:
Yes, our containers are air tight. Avoid extremes of temperature and avoid light.

Question:
Do you have an opinion on water quality effecting brewed tea?

Jon:
We believed that distilled oxygenated water is the best. There are no minerals to influence the taste and the oxygen gives the tea a light crisp flavor.

Question:
How many cups of tea can we expect to get from one ounce of tea?

Jon:
That depends on the type of tea (some are lighter than others because of the size and density of the leaf) and the quality high quality loose tea can be infused more than once with only very small decrease in rich flavor. Nevertheless one ounce is generally good for a minimum of one cup.

Question:
Can you suggest some good foods to pair with black, green and white teas?

Jon:
This is a very personal taste issue because tea is so versatile. Generally black with spicy food, green and white with Chinese food, oolong with any food are good choices. Blends and flavored teas depend on the individual tastes of the consumer. After any good meal, tea is great for a perfect ending.

Question:
Do you have a recipe using tea you would like to share with us?

Jon:
We have a great Pu erh chai latte drink that won an award at the world tea expo. My wife has the recipe and will gladly share upon request.

Question:
Is there anything else about loose leaf tea you would like to share with our readers?

Jon:
Tea is the healthiest drink in the world and is totally versatile for blends and flavored tea. In my opinion it is the best beverage you can drink.


Thank you Jon for sharing these facts about tea that will help us be better consumers.

PS: Jon
I know my readers will want the recipe for the Pu erh chai latte drink. Can you consider this an official request for the recipe?


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