Monday, June 26, 2017

Not all the tea in China, but some of it!

Last week I had dinner with a friend I haven't seen in a while, and she showed up at the restaurant with an elegant looking red bag. I asked if it held wedding materials (she's busy planning her wedding at the moment), and she said, "No, it's for you. It's tea. From China."

Turns out, her boss had recently taken a trip to China, and he brought back goodies for the whole team. "Don't you like tea?" he asked.

She told him that she did and thanked him for the tea, but she said she knows that I love tea and she thought I should have it because it was so different. Lucky me!

The tins are large, about 6-1/2 by 5 inches, and naturally this is a tea I've never tried before. Of course, I can't read the wording on here. Do any of you happen to read Chinese? Or know someone who does? I'd love to get a translation. In fact, I looked online and found this website, but I couldn't quite find the exact symbols I'm seeing here.

I'm assuming it's a black tea because of the brisk, bold (but not too astringent) flavor and the coppery color of the brew, and maybe there's some Yunnan tea in the mix because of these golden leaves scattered throughout. I very much enjoyed this new mystery tea and so appreciate my friend's passing it on. The gift was such a lovely and delicious one, and because there's so much of this tea, I imagine I'll be sipping it for quite a while to come!


  1. Hi Angela,

    Mystery Tea. It looks wonderful.
    I used Google translate to take a picture of your photo and it said that the top line in yellow means "Red Source Brand". The bottom line means "Guangdong Specialty" and "Mild, Mellow, Cool, Refreshing"
    Guangdong is a province in China on the South China Sea coast.

    It would not read the black lines when I focused on them perhaps because there was some glare in the photo. '

    If you download the Google Translate app and take a photo of the tea tin itself you may get it to translate that line for you.
    Hope this helps you unravel this mystery. Perhaps you could use this in one of your books.

    Enjoy your lovely gift. How kind of your friend to give it to you.

    Happy sipping,

    Mary Jane

    1. I would never have thought to use a picture in conjunction with the app. Thanks, Mary Jane!

  2. I read some Japanese (which comes from Chinese). The first two black characters are ones that are in "English" and "tea" in Japanese.

  3. What a thoughtful gift. Enjoy the tea.

  4. I bet if you post a picture of the tin on Facebook someone might know what it is.


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