Month of Tea Brewing 2017
Lao Shan Tea, Quingdao China
Lao Shan Tea, a green tea from just North of Qingdao in Shandong Province, is still somewhat limited in availability. Research on new varietals that tolerate the more Northern climate on the Eastern Coast of China are successfully expanding tea farming in this area. It is a rare tea with only limited distribution outside China and only one or two sources in the U.S. (See resources below.)
Beginner Brewing Notes:
We often think of a Chinese-style tea brewing in much older, traditional ways. It’s fun to learn about and experience modern traditions in cultures that have long and rich tea traditions. How are these ancient methods – still honored and practiced – finding new expressions today.
One very basic difference between Western and Eastern styles of drinking tea is the teacup with a handle and one without. Having a handle allows the sipper to more comfortable hold a hot teacup. But, in Eastern traditions tea is not usually sipped when it is still too warm to hold the cup. Many feel that more of the flavor is available when the tea is lukewarm or even cold.
You might want to pay close attention to the difference in the flavor of your tea at various temperatures. Be careful not to scald your tongue!
Have a Super Sip today . . . . Babette
Modern Chinese Tea Set
Tea and teaware are very traditional and very honored gifts in countries around the world. This Chinese teapot with four cups – no handles on the cups – is a modern design with meaningful, symbolic decorations from the local traditions. It was a gift from friends on one visit to China. Using it – even glancing it on may tea shelf – instantly reminds me of the friendships that tea people share around the world. I’m always grateful that we can enjoy these connections without the issues of international politics.
One of the greatest gifts of tea is the symbolic peace of tea.
“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”
(Quote from, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”)
Steamed Pumpkin Flower Rolls
By following the YouTube Video you will learn the technique of making these beautiful Chinese snacks. Steamed buns are a very traditional recipe and this way of managing the dough makes a lovely teatime treat to serve with a Chinese tea.
- 1 kilograms white cake flour
- 260 grams sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 2 teaspoons double
- 300 grams pumpkin paste
- 200 grams water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
View the complete instructions in the YouTube to properly blend the ingredients, to handle the dough and to form the flowers for steaming.