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Hehe yeah, I couldn't tell if it was an accident or intentional. But I think intentional. In any case, it was a fun moment.

 

Btw I don't even know if "tea ceremony" is the right term. Max basically invited a few of us after class to drink tea together and served it very carefully. From what I remember it was very, very good tea too.

:lol: he made sure my cup was not spilling only via water tension "here's how my old master would pour for us"

 

Good point on temperature!

 

And water quality, always a good point. If only I could have easier access and just boil myself glacial melt for my tea :lol:

 

I picked up some more raw pu-erh. I like it so much more than regular pu erh, the heating tastes...unnecessary after drinking raw for a while, hehehe.

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As for the technicalities and practice of tea, I took a tea class with my teacher. He emphasized the importance of the temperature of the tea, ...

I learned from my teacher also, his favorite is Taiwanese High Mountain Wulong, especially the early Spring tea.

We get some every year from Taiwan.

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Yes, The Forbidden City. It was my first visit there. I will go back many times I am sure.

 

It's a great place to watch the sunset. Then enjoy tea with friends.

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Yes, The Forbidden City. It was my first visit there. I will go back many times I am sure.

 

It's a great place to watch the sunset. Then enjoy tea with friends.

 

Indeed.

It is also a place where you percieve the truth behind the notion of the "Middle kingdom".

 

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"The first cup moistens my lips and throat. The second cup breaks my loneliness. The third cup searches my barren entrails but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd ideographs. The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration - all the 'wrongs' of life passes out through my pores. At the fifth cup i am purified. The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the Immortals! The seventh cup... ah, but i could take no more! I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my sleeves. Where is Elysium? Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither." ( Lu Tung on 'tea drinking' )

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I love chinese tea ceremony, the best tea for this is pu-erh tea.

Here you can find really precious tea, directly from china:

http://www.yunnansourcing.com

the prices are pretty good.

 

"The first cup moistens my lips and throat. The second cup breaks my loneliness. The third cup searches my barren entrails but to find therein some thousand volumes of odd ideographs. The fourth cup raises a slight perspiration - all the 'wrongs' of life passes out through my pores. At the fifth cup i am purified. The sixth cup calls me to the realms of the Immortals! The seventh cup... ah, but i could take no more! I only feel the breath of the cool wind that raises in my sleeves. Where is Elysium? Let me ride on this sweet breeze and waft away thither." ( Lu Tung on 'tea drinking' )

 

this reference is probably referring to the chinese ceremony, where you drink from little cups and you learn to sensitively taste the differente stages of brewing of your tea.

 

Who has no idea what I'm talking about, here's a video:

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Also, for those unfamiliar with it, if your buying a traditional tea set for high quality Chinese tea, I highly recommend getting one with 'smelling cups.' It's pretty amazing how floral quality tea smells with these. You'll see a demonstration of how to use them about 5:50 into this video:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4eDYmRSpZI&feature=related

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Had a great tea class this weekend.

 

Just getting into the Oolong. Gooooood, good, good, good, good, good.

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Awesome book. Highly, highly recommend it for tea lovers, Zen poetry lovers especially.

 

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I just got my order for some Long Jing green tea today, they were nice enough to add in a little sample of some other tea, good stuff. I'm quite terrible at preparing tea and whatnot as I just started drinking it recently, although I go through quite a bit (3-5 cups a day).

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A slight departure from chinese tea. I like drinking Moroccan tea, always served in a thick glass. sweet green tea served with mint or sage. It is something about drinking tea in a glass, looking at the colors I find heart warming :)

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Rehmannia

Dong Quai

Eleuthero

Fo Ti Tien

Pau D'Arco

Astragalus

Reishi Mushroom

Ginseng (Chinese)

 

boiled for 1 hr

 

I brew a gallon at a time and bottle it for the next 2 weeks. I'm going to add cordyceps and maybe some other mushrooms to it when i place my next order with mountainroseherbs.com... any of you have experience with different fungii? Any recommendations?? I am curious about chaga and cordyceps, but open to any advice about it

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Put some ginger root slices in your tea when you have a cold.

 

or honey and a nice shot of bourbon.

 

hmm...my head is feeling sort of stuffy now.

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or honey and a nice shot of bourbon.

 

hmm...my head is feeling sort of stuffy now.

This is more for taste then health, but I'll slick up a lime or lemon thinly, roll it in sugar then bag the slices and put'em in the freezer. Very good in tea, plus I don't like tea very hot, so it cools it down a bit.

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Well you can probably guess which kind of tea is my favorite ;)

 

This fall I have been drinking Imperial Pu-erh every morning while I study Japanese. It is a high grade of loose-leaf pu-erh with a silky mouth feel and rich, smooth flavor, but not as earthy, smoky, or fishy as many other pu-erhs.

 

I used to work at a tea shop so I have some familiarity with different types of tea. Each one really is different in terms of the best tea ware to use, water temperature, brewing time, quantity of leaf per cup, etc. And there is a difference between gongfu cha and the way one would normally prepare the tea at home.

 

Some of my favorite teas are: Black River Mountain (pu-erh), Imperial Pu-erh, Lu Shan Clouds & Mist (green), Bai Hao Yinzhen (Silver Needle, the highest grade of white tea), Baochong (a light, floral oolong), and Uji Gyokuro (highest grade of Japanese green).

 

The benefits of tea really are profound. L-theanine reduces cortisol in the blood stream and even produces alpha waves in the brain, as well as being a powerful antiviral. And that amino acid is only one constituent in tea's amazing chemistry :)

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the adventure continues ...

 

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Well you can probably guess which kind of tea is my favorite ;)
You inspired a purchase! :)

 

I'm looking to get some white tea next time, as I recall it had been mentioned. All there at the asian market, so inexpensive. (The Ti Kwan Yin was $3 and it's $14 from Pete's Tea.)

 

Love the roasted brown rice, and I remember the ban cha is a happy standard in some diet I've forgotten the name of.

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the adventure continues ...

That Genmai Cha from Hime. So cheap and soo good. $3 or $4 bucks for a big bag of it at a local Japanese grocery. The puffed rice make it hearty and a little sweet, yum.

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a recommendation of some Awesome pu'ehr tea i found recently on (where else) http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

 

Pu'erh Tea

Origin- China

Fair Trade Certified- Yes

Learn More

 

The Black Pu-erh tea we offer is hand harvested from wild and semi-wild broad leaf antique tea trees located in the Yunnan province of China. Black Pu-erh is often referred to as "cooked" due to the fact that sun-dried green tea leaves are transformed through natural fermentation from a greenish-golden color to a blackish-red tone. Over the years Pu-erh has garnered a committed following amongst tea connoisseurs who regard it as a sacred relic leftover from ancient tea cultures and traditions. The Black Pu-erh we offer brews up a deep ochre red and has a rich earthy taste with notes of smoke and moss. Certified Organic and Fair Trade. Contains caffeine.

 

from http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/tea_bev/tea_black.php#t_gw_t_pu

 

4oz for 6.75... it is SO creamy.. completely wonderful tea, i am gonna burn through 4oz so fast! It makes the pu-ehr from the asian market taste um lesser.

 

my girlfriend loves lapsang souchang, and tried mountain rose herbs variety, and said it also was "super nice, really good, full flavored".. i haven't tried it yet but i look forward to it soon :)

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@anamatva -- I'll be ordering from MRHerbs this week. Any tea recommendations you have would be welcome. Happy New Year! :)

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@anamatva -- I'll be ordering from MRHerbs this week. Any tea recommendations you have would be welcome. Happy New Year! :)

 

thats all i've got! we just ordered the pu'ehr and the lapsang!

 

try some pu'ehr its one of the best i've had :)

 

and thanks! happy new year to you too!

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thats all i've got! we just ordered the pu'ehr and the lapsang!

 

try some pu'ehr its one of the best i've had :)

Thanks. I'll consider it! :)

 

MRH teas/tisanes I have enjoyed: chai, hibiscus high, women's balancing blend, peppermint, chamomile, vanilla rooibos, dao ren green tea, gunpowder green, and white silver needle. :)

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Thanks. I'll consider it! :)

 

MRH teas/tisanes I have enjoyed: chai, hibiscus high, women's balancing blend, peppermint, chamomile, vanilla rooibos, dao ren green tea, gunpowder green, and white silver needle. :)

 

thanks! i love mixing chamomile and peppermint. When i drank coffee that would be my drink if i had had too much coffee...

 

i think i'll try the dao ren green tea next time i order. thanks for the tip!

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