Learn About Chinese Kuding ‘Bitter Nail’ Herbal Tea

Chinese Kuding tea is also known as ‘Bitter Nail Tea’ and is a very bitter tasting Chinese infusion by twisting and combining different species of plants together. The most common plants used to make kuding tea are Liqustrum robustum, which is a type of wax tree, and Ilex Kaushue, which is a species of holly.

The leaves are twisted into a rather fancy spike shape, and as the name implies, the tea tastes rather bitter.

Folk Medicine

According to traditional Chinese medicine, Kuding tea is able to disperse wind-heat, clear the head, and eliminate toxins from the body. The plants are also said to help with digestion and mental clarity.

Commonly Asked Questions

Below is a list of commonly asked questions about Kuding tea.

Does Kuding Tea Contain Caffeine?

If Kuding tea is made from the most often used plant species listed above then it should not contain caffeine.

However, there is always a possibility that they used other plant species, rather then the common ones.

Alternate Names

  • Bitter Nail Tea

Aroma & Flavor Profile

Kuding Tea is known for being extremely bitter.

Main image is by Sjschen and taken from Wikipedia.

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson

Travis Joynson is the founder and chief editor of the Professional Tea Taster.

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