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    Legends of the Leaf: 3 Chinese Green Teas

    One of my favorite things about Chinese tea is the rich cultural history that can be traced back thousands of years. Many teas have legends associated with them that have been passed down through the centuries. These are a few of my favorites. Bi Luo Chun Bi Luo Chun’s original name XiaSha RenXiang translates to scary fragrance. Legend has it that tea pickers ran out of room in their baskets so they placed tea leaves between their breasts. Body heat caused a surprising aroma to be released from the leaves. I don’t really find this tea scary at all but it is definitely delicious. It was later renamed green snail spring by the…


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    Legends of the Leaf: Margaret’s Hope

    Photo: lovedarjeeling.com Although not exactly a legend, the story of how Margaret’s Hope got its name always comes to my mind whenever I am sipping a cup of this famous estate’s tea. Did you know that once upon a time, Margaret’s Hope was called Bara Rington? The owner of the plantation, Mr. Cruikshank, had a daughter named Margaret and by all accounts he loved her very much. Some stories refer to him as Mr. Bagdon but Cruikshank seems to be the general consensus. The tea plantation was one of young Margaret’s favorite places and she vowed to return. Sadly she fell ill on a return trip to England and died soon afterwards. Her…

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    Legends of The Leaf: Dragonwell

    Dragonwell, also known as Longjing, is one of my favorite types of green tea. There several legends that surround this famous tea. In a city by the same name, there is a well that was said to be inhabited by a dragon. The local people would pray to it for rain when there is a drought. I have heard from several people who have visited the well that after rain, the lighter rainwater floats on top of the dense well water creating a rippling effect. It is this curious phenomenon that is often attributed as the source of the legend.  Another story tells of Emperor Qianlong visiting a temple and watching the ladies…