Feb 25 2015

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! WELCOME YEAR of the RAM!

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Welcome to Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year in Asian cultures. The Chinese Zodiac is based on the phases of the moon, and 2015 marks the Year of the Ram. The new year began on February 19th and will continue for two weeks. This is the biggest celebration in Asian culture, a time when everyone travels to be with their family. The celebration begins with a cleaning of the house followed by visiting with friends. In Asian neighborhoods, the New Year is started off by the traditional Dragon Parade. The New Year is sometimes called The Spring Festival, as it is a time of renewal and new beginnings. In tea growing areas, the newest crops will soon be starting to put forth their new buds in preparation for the first pluckings of the year. Many tea connoisseurs wait for the first crop with high anticipation. Here at Nellie’s, we celebrate the new year in recognition of its importance in the areas of the world where tea originated and where many of our teas come from.

If you don’t try green tea any other time, we would like to encourage you to try it during this time of year. You will be pleasantly surprised at the wide varieties of taste profiles among green teas, even the ones only from China. You might also want to try some Oolongs as well as Chinese black teas, which have a very different flavor profile from those grown in India or Sri Lanka where the British influence was much stronger. Stop in soon and join us for the celebration!

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