Month of Tea Brewing 2017 – Day #22
Dark Tea – Heart-Shaped, Rose Petal Blend
What we now refer to as Dark Tea is also known as fermented tea. But, when they were introduced, it was mistakenly thought by many that all compressed, fermented teas should be called Puerh Tea. And that can still be confusing. As more tea people adopt the designation “Dark” (of which Puerh is one of the most famous) it may become easier to understand.
This tea was purchased from Tea Source. Their website describes it as:
“This dark tea from Hunan province of China, is medium to full-bodied, very smooth, with a delicious dusty rose flavor and aroma. Contains dark tea and rose petals. Comes in approximately 3-5 gram pressed tea pieces. Use one in a mug and steep a short time (one minute), or use one in a larger pot (12-20 oz.) and steep a longer time (2-3 min.).” (Visit This Page)
Note to Beginning Brewers:
I bought my first double-walled tea bottle in China in 2009. Back then, these had not become popular in the U.S. but everyone on the streets in Beijing walked with one. And, when I recorded this video in 2015 they had grown in popularity among serious tea lovers but you didn’t often see them in public. I recently went back to San Francisco and made my pilgrimage across the bridge – tea bottle in hand. This time I wasn’t alone. I spotted several others strolling and sipping.
There are whole leaf teas that work better for this. Ones that don’t become bitter when left in the water – just a little stronger but still sweet. These little hearts are like that. The dark tea does not become bitter and the bits of rose petals add subtle sweetness. All for about sixty cents per cup.
What tea has stolen your heart?
Double-Walled Tea Brewing Bottles
One of the most convenient tea accessories in your teaware collection will probably be one of these double-walled glass bottles. They come in several different sizes. Many of them are branded with logos of your favorite tea vendor. And you will find some differences in the way in which the leaves are kept in a separate area divided by a screen to allow the hot water access but you the ability to remove them when your brew is ready. Most of them keep water hot for 1-2 hours.
Differences in quality are usually based on the stylish design an on the presence or absence of a logo. But the one critical element is how well does the lid fit and how effective is the gasket that seals the bottle when tightly closed.
When you sit in a café, with a lot of music in the background and a lot of projects in your head, you’re not really drinking your coffee or your tea. You’re drinking your projects, you’re drinking your worries. You are not real, and the coffee is not real either. Your coffee can only reveal itself to you as a reality when you go back to your self and produce your true presence, freeing yourself from the past, the future, and from your worries. When you are real, the tea also becomes real and the encounter between you and the tea is real. This is genuine tea drinking.
- Tea Source: The source for dark rose-blended, heart-shaped tea
- The Splendid Table: China’s dark tea: Ancient yet largely unknown to Americans
- Health Benefits of “Hei Cha”-Dark Tea
- Steep Stories: Dark Tea From Burma/Myanmar
- Wikipedia: Puerh Tea
- Saveur Video: Inside The Hidden World of China’s Most Coveted Tea (Puerh)