Peony Tea S – 10 Things You Probably Do Not Know About Chinese Tea


I am not lying when I say I drink Chinese tea almost every morning, when my love for Chinese tea rekindled after trips to Taiwan’s Alishan and China’s Shantou which is the land of origin of kungfu tea. Some may consider it an ‘old man’s drink’, or that preparing gongfu tea is a set of tedious process.

Psychologically (and even physically), drinking Chinese tea makes me feel cleansed, rejuvenated and relaxed, as though all the greasiness from food is ‘washed away’. While English tea houses are very popular locally, I think it is about time Chinese tea gets some attention and perhaps be more glorified.

While I am a tea drinker, there are many mistakes that I make in drinking tea. I met up with Derek from online tea shop Peony Tea S to find out about the finer arts of tea drinking.

Here are 10 Things You Probably Do Not Know About Chinese Tea

1. The 6 categories of teas are green tea, white tea, yellow tea, oolong tea, black tea and dark tea otherwise known as post-fermented teas.

2. If you see someone tapping on the table after drinking tea, there are actually thanking the tea master. The fingers tapping signify a bowing servant and a sign of respect.

3. Light-coloured teas go better with lighter-coloured food (chicken, fish, seafood), while darke- coloured teas go better with red meats and oiler food.

4. Black Tea is known as Red Tea in Chinese (think about your bubbletea red tea) because Westerners name teas after the color of the leaves while Chinese name it after the color of the brewed tea.

5. Oolong tea and Pu-er are the most popular teas in Singapore due to the predominant Hokkien community.

6. Tea that has been left overnight should not be drunk as bacteria will grow on it when left unattended.

7. Tea should not be drunk immediately before and after meal times (half an hour before and an hour after) because this will hinder with absorption of iron in the body.

8. Do not drink cold tea (I am so guilty of this) as cold tea is ‘damp’ and damages the stomach and digestive system. So how about bubble tea? At least the traditional Taiwanese style is not brewed hot and cooled with ice but rather ice-brewed.

9. Loose tea leaves are always better than tea bags because the quality of the tea is usually much better, tea leaves can unfurl to release more flavours, over-steeping of tea bags often lead to bitterness (‘siap siap’ taste).

10. Black tea generally survives better in tea bags than green tea since freshness and shelf life is less of an issue. Have black tea if you really need to drink from a tea bag.

[Giveaway Ended] Peony Ts Chinese New Year Giveaway
Online Teashop Peony Tea S will be giving 3 sets of Peony Tea S Starter Kits (worth $68 each) to 3 blessed Daniel’s Food Diary readers.

The Starter Kit includes a tea set and 2 ‘servings’ of a variety from each of the 6 major categories of tea. This way, you can also try everything and find your preferred types of tea.

All you need to do is to
Step 1: LIKES the FaceBook pages of Daniel’s Food Diary and and Peony Tea S
Step 2: SHARE this post on Facebook or RETWEET the post on twitter
Step 3: Leave a comment below to share your favourite Chinese tea type and why

Results will be announced 18th Jan 2013.

Peony Tea S
Peony Tea S is an online tea shop that specializes in loose tea leaves and brewing utensils from China and Taiwan. They are not only selling tea wares – they want to help you enjoy your tea to its fullest- whether it is maximizing the taste of your drink or minimizing the hassle. Plus, their tea comes in attractive modern packaging and makes a really suitable gift for the Chinese New Year and other festive seasons.

*The above entry is an advertorial.

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64 Responses to “Peony Tea S – 10 Things You Probably Do Not Know About Chinese Tea”

  1. January 11, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    Favourite would be Oolong tea which acts as an emulsifier for fat and cholesterol.

  2. January 11, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    I like Oolong Tea for it's fragrance and refreshing floral aroma.

  3. January 11, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    I like Shui Xian. Lighter in taste, which is also more gentle to my gastric yet it cleasnse the greasiness from food.

  4. January 11, 2013 at 2:53 am #

    Longjing for its light, refreshing taste.

  5. Justin Chong
    January 11, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    I’m like a tea advocate as I drink like all sorts of tea – red, green, pu-er, jasmine, rose, slimming etc. Hence, this Tea Starter Kit will be excellent to reinforce my appreciation and love for tea! =)

  6. jaime chan
    January 11, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    oolong tea as it is a good detox after a heavy meal

  7. June Lee
    January 11, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    It will be Oolong Tea for me ^_^

  8. Kelly Teo
    January 11, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Dong Ding oolong is my fav! Love the refreshing after taste :)

  9. January 11, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    My favorite Chinese tea would be Green tea as it has a lot of health benefits and also burn more calories!! =`)
    I love tea so much and would be so happy to win the Tea Starter Kits!! =`)

  10. January 11, 2013 at 3:08 am #

    Pu-er as it's more neutral and not as "cold" as green tea or other light tea for my body.

  11. January 11, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    I’ve always loved to drink tea and recently, looking into more types of tea to drink and the health benefits. I love osmanthus coz it always feels light and refreshing. :)

  12. Tan Janette
    January 11, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I prefer Pu-er and green tea 😀

  13. Evelyn Chin
    January 11, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    I Love tea, especially green tea & oolong tea. it make me refresh every morning.

  14. Tan Li Charng
    January 11, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Pu-er as it’s more neutral and not as “cold” as green tea or other light tea for my body.

  15. Deepali Gupta
    January 11, 2013 at 3:22 am #

    my favorite tea is dark tea its taste very strong which releive my stress.

  16. Charmane Yeo
    January 11, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I love oolong the most!

  17. January 11, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    I love Chrysanthemum tea which is not bitter and it's good for the detoxification and lowering cholesterol levels.

  18. January 11, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    I love Bi Luo Chun especially those young leaves which tastes better, i brought some from SuZhou. They taste lovely !

  19. January 11, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    My favourite Chinese tea would be the aromatic Tie Kuan Yin! It’s a must have for me every morning and I love to pair my tea with Dim Sum.

  20. Vivus Loh
    January 11, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    I like Gui-hua(Osmanthus) tea the most! It's scent is most delightful!

  21. January 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    My fave has got to be Gui-hua(Osmanthus) tea! Its scent is delightful and soothing!

  22. January 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I love love love pu er . the fragrance really warms my heart :)

  23. Sophia Ang
    January 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    I like green tea for its health benefits and soothing effects.

  24. January 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    I could say that I drink chinese pu-er since I was a kid until now I have the habit of drinking tea everyday. My fav tea would be pu-er tea because whenever I had oily meals and pu-er just cleanse the oily-ness straight away!

  25. January 11, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    My favourite is 白茶 (White Tea) for its sweet and silky flavour + anti-oxidant properties! Time to YUM CHA! =P

  26. WC Grace
    January 11, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    My favorite is Puerh Tea as it aids digestion and helps to break down the fats.

  27. January 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    My favorite tea is green tea because it is refreshing & has health benefits such as maintaining clear skin. Learnt so much about tea from this post, thanks! :)

  28. January 11, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    Green Tea has always been my number one choice. It helps to kill bacteria, regulates cholesterol, high blood pressure and improves blood flow.

  29. Meifang
    January 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    My favourite has always been green tea because it not only keeps me awake at work but also keeps me healthy. :)

  30. January 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I prefer Pu-erh because of its unique earthy flavor.

  31. Jenny Choo
    January 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    My fave is green tea because it is a delightful and refreshing drink.

  32. January 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    My favourite is Oolong tea as there is a fragrance after taste after drinking.

  33. Fish Ang
    January 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    I prefer Pu-er because it has a nice smell and keeps me refreshed!

  34. Winnie Lam
    January 12, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    I like Bi Luo Chun cos it’s a great tasting green tea.

  35. badtanline
    January 12, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    Re: no. 8, oh no, what about Iced Lemon Tea and Iced Thai Tea??

  36. Michelle Ang
    January 12, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    I love Chrysanthemum tea as it is sweet and i always have sore throat and after drinking i always feel better!! 😀

  37. January 12, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    My favourite tea is Oolong Tea!

  38. Dawn Lee
    January 12, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Love love love Pu-er! Have my first sip in Shantou and I love it since then ! Floral aftertaste make it better!

  39. Cyrus Ng
    January 12, 2013 at 3:43 am #

    ** I drink oolong tea (Tie guanyin) & green tea daily.

  40. Jess Koh
    January 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    My favourite is Oolong tea!! It helps me on weight reduction!!

  41. Shiwei
    January 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    I love Pu-Er!

  42. January 12, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    Phoenix Dancong for its sweet fragrance of honey and full bodied texture.

  43. Chin Ming
    January 12, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Oolong. I adore its fragrance and it calms my nerves!!!

  44. January 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I love to drink hot green tea for it's potential health benefits!

  45. carMen Ang
    January 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    My Frav will be Green Tea as its the health tea that is packed with so much of antioxidants; which is such a MUST for everyone, not just females :)

  46. January 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Pu-er Tea. I like the nice after-taste that linger in my mouth.

  47. Juliet Teo
    January 13, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    Pu-er Tea. I like the nice after-taste that linger in my mouth.

  48. Kristy
    January 13, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    I love pui er energize me! 😀

  49. January 13, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    Yunnan Black tea for aromatic fragrance and delightful flavor.

  50. January 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    I prefer Pu-er as I personally feel that it gives a fuller fragrance and taste.

  51. January 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    I love black tea because of its red and bright liquor color, and its fresh and mellow taste, lasting aftertaste.

  52. Hong Jingting
    January 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    my favourite is chrysanthemum tea, because it's good for detox and sweeter compare to the rest of tea.

  53. January 14, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    It’s so rare to see youths appreciate tea like this. My Mum drinks tea every single day, though we are definitely guilty of drinking it straight after meals – what about during, like yum cha? Still shouldn’t?

  54. January 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    To clarify, point 7- partaking of tea immediately before or after meals is more applicable for chronic, daily consumption.
    Certainly the thought of our favorite dim sum or bak kut teh without some Pu-er or oolong tea is quite inconceivable. As a sporadic occurrence, it’s not going to hurt but for daily tea drinkers, its something to take note of.

  55. Tommy Leung
    January 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Hi Daniel! Liked the page and shared! So far i only tried green tea and Chrysanthemum. I would really like to find out more about tea.. hope i can win the tea starter set and i am sure this will allows me to gain more insights into tea drinking! 😀

  56. Jennifer Yong
    January 16, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    It has to be “兰贵人”, a kind of 人参乌龙茶. The tea leaves are in small round pellets..and slowly when you brewed them…they kinda open up to full leaves. The taste, if you want to understand the meaning of "huigan" (回甘)…drink this.

  57. SF Ng
    January 16, 2013 at 5:09 am #

    My favourite kind of tea is little known in Singapore. It's called " the oriental beauty tea" (東方美人茶), a kind of white tip oolong tea. Rumour has it that the name was given by Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth II after being presented by a British tea merchant.

    Due to the need of one particular insect to start the oxidation as the leaves are growing, no pesticides are used during its cultivation. The main plantation area is in Hsinchu County, Taiwan and they hold competition every year to award the best of them.

    The tea is light amber coloured and has honey-like fruity aroma.

  58. Daphne Gal
    January 16, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Green Tea is my favourite as it is refreshing and smoothing .

  59. Sophia Basuni
    January 17, 2013 at 3:28 am #

    I love Oolong Tea. The variation of the taste makes it unique. It can be sweet and fruity with honey aromas, woody and thick with roasted aromas, or green and fresh with bouquet aromas.

  60. January 17, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I love Oolong Tea. The variation of the taste makes it unique. It can be sweet and fruity with honey aromas, woody and thick with roasted aromas, or green and fresh with bouquet aromas.

  61. Tricia Tan
    January 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    I drink self-brewed hot green tea on a daily basis after meal, as I learnt that it aids in digestion and is also beneficial in lowering cholesterol level. It is light and gives me the happy feeling (I don't know why haha). However, when I have dimsum, I would prefer Pu-er as they just seem to be a match! 😀

  62. Min
    January 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Biluochun. I went to a tea appreciation session once and this tea stood out amongst the rest. It’s so refreshing. I still think about it to this day.

  63. admin
    January 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Congrats to Jenny Choo, Tan Li Charng, and Chin Ming. You have each won a set of Peony Tea S Starter Kits in the giveaway. The Starter Kit includes a tea set and 2 ‘servings’ of a variety from each of the 6 major categories of tea.

    Please reply with your contact details and address to

    Thank you to Peony Ts for picking the winners. Do support them at

  64. Grace Chan
    January 22, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    My favourite is Tie Guanyin. The taste is full bodied and the aroma fills my senses before the first sip.

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