When we first started Peony Tea S. we didn’t provide much tea knowledge, primarily because we are a retailer and we know there is some difficulty our perceived independence- i.e. being seen to be objective and providing information that is entirely objective and without vested interest.
Yet as we spend more time sailing through the seas of cyberspace, we find a myriad of misinformation being parroted across the seas. Some of which are merely hilarious and some are utterly and patently untrue.
Let’s be upfront here, we do have a vested interest in providing the information on our site- we want to help readers learn more about tea and make informed choices in purchasing quality tea because we believe that leads the reader to us.
Further, it infuriates us when blatant misinformation is spread, sometimes out of innocent ignorance, sometimes to get a better price for the low quality tea.
Why do we feel so strongly?
i) It disrespects those who labored to learn and produce tea- studying the processes and knowledge involved convinces us that this is an art that is should be honored, like literature or music or architecture.
ii) It prevents people from discovering the true joy of tea- for example often people have scoffed at Dragon Well (Long Jing)- ‘What’s the big deal?’ without realizing the version they consumed is a fake or an extremely low grade one.
iii) It degrades the status of tea
Hence we have reorganized our tea information and hopefully made it easier for readers to wade through.
We are periodically adding content- probably a lifelong commitment considering how much information there is on tea.
A good place to start is always the classification of tea.
Unfortunately even the basic starting point is often erroneous on the web. Here’s the most common mistake- Pu-er or Pu-erh is not a classification of tea- it falls within the family known as Dark tea or Hei Cha.
Then we also tackle practical everyday applications of knowledge of tea.
How to brew tea, store tea and select tea- what you need to know to enhance your enjoyment of tea.
We also cover debunk myths, help you learn more about the objective system of grading tea, history, culture and more.
Do we claim to be a ‘comprehensive’ or ‘authoritative’ resource? Absolutely not, there is so much to be learnt and a lifelong learning journey ahead.
Join us on the ride as we study learn all about tea together.