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#33 Harmonious Emptiness

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:11 AM

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:


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Posted 27 November 2011 - 10:27 AM

Had a great tea class this weekend.

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

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 10:29 PM

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

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 03:56 PM

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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Posted 29 November 2011 - 01:21 AM

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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Posted 14 December 2011 - 06:04 PM

Health effects of tea. (wiki article) B)

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 06:50 PM

Rehmannia
Dong Quai
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Fo Ti Tien
Pau D'Arco
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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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Posted 15 December 2011 - 01:13 PM

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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Posted 15 December 2011 - 01:32 PM

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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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:01 PM

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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Posted 25 December 2011 - 05:29 PM


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Posted 07 January 2012 - 01:11 PM

the adventure continues ...

~ edit ~

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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Posted 07 January 2012 - 01:14 PM

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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Posted 07 January 2012 - 04:00 PM

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

Pu'erh Tea
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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.mountainr...k.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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Posted 07 January 2012 - 05:50 PM

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

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 06:13 PM

@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!

Edited by anamatva, 07 January 2012 - 06:14 PM.

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