Monday, April 30, 2012

Bamboo Leaf 2011

Southern California is known for its sunny sky all year round.  Spring no matter where on earth, is rainy season even though we get very few rain falls even in Spring.  Out of a handful of rainy days, afternoon tea is greatly enhanced in mood during these days.

A day began with cloudy sky, live fire made it cozy and warm at heart, a few teas later, the sun peaked out behind the grey sky so I wrapped it up with a 2011 Bamboo Leaf Dan Cong.  A session of Wuyi rock tea when rain, to an aged tea flower bud tea, then a Bamboo Leaf Dan Cong oolong seems to move along with sun in the right vitality.  Some times, things happen in its own way without any conscious planning.  Lao Zi - author of Daoism had discovered all matters in the galaxy happen in its right time and right frequency.  

Bamboo Leaf Dan Cong is one of the Zhi Lan Xiang type of fragrance, known as orchid fragrance.  Among numbers of old trees fall within this orchid fragrance type, Bamboo leaf is crowned the best of all for its highly aromatic fragrance and purest taste, but small harvest.  2011 production are all in my hands with less 10 lbs in total. 

A mouthful of floral honey taste that lingers for long is very enjoyable to the soul.  The nurturing effect is not any young crop can replace, I call that the chicken soup effect.  Out of many teas I had, only old trees have such body and soul nurturing effect.  I have been told by many after drinking such teas, concentration becomes easy, focus is greatly enhanced.  On my most stressful days, 3 sessions of old single tree Dan Cong tea saved my day.  

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mo Li Xiang Jasmine Fragrance Dan Cong a gift for you

Bonus Gift
1/2 ounce of Jasmine Fragrance Dan Cong Oolong
with purchase of any Single Tree Dan Cong Teas
Only 32 sets available, one gift per order, valid while supplies last

In 2009, Mo Li Xiang Jasmine Fragrance Dan Cong was a memorable tea for its unique and familiar fragrance, the rich honey like taste lingers on.  After it was sold out, I thought of it often.  When 2011 came, I bought out the entire crop yield.  2011 crop took a good 9 months to transform itself into what I remember it in 2009, rich and floral.  When you smell a jasmine flower, you sense it in your breathing track, yet so unreachable.  A sip of Mo Li Xiang, the sensation travels in your mouth, throat and deep into your chest, is there, you can hold on to the fragrance~   

A day of tea drinking by the sea

 Mr. H is a friend for many years!  Last week, we finally had the chance to have tea together, at a selected spot, my favorite corner on earth, sea cliff of Palos Verdes.  As the weather warms up, out door tea drinking is a must, with such a background view, what more to ask for. 
A day of tea drinking started around noon with only 2 cups and self serve sandwich lunch.  Simple yet complete~

 Hydration is not an issue, do you think?  :D
 That's sight seeing too  :P
 A solo singer brightens the day even more. 
 Many many teas later, the sun has traveled. 
Many many more teas later, the sun goes home at 8 pm, so should we~
The memory is as fond as this colorful cloud decorated sky
We had some where around 9 or 10 teas, 7 or 8 dancongs, 1 cooked puerh, and 1 Fu zhuan.  A full day of tea drinking for 8 hours.  :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tea by the sea tomorrow

Tomorrow should be a lovely day by the sea, Mr. H is having a west coast tour and just happens to stop by LA tomorrow. Look forward to having tea by the light house~

Teas worth noting

11 Mo Li Xiang - Jasmine Fragrance Dan Cong Oolong, finally the full texture has surfaced after almost a whole year of manifestation. Very nice~

Wild Chi Lan from Lady M, wild! :)

8582 Menghai Shu from Lady M

06 Lao Ban Zhang

Simply complete

A session of tea can be elaborate with many cups, dishes, fancy toys. Simple as it can be for one, an afternoon for tea with all the essentials, tea's awe to be good. All I ask for is a cup of tea that soothes the soul....
This stove is one of the very first batch came over sea, one of the few arrived broken with minor cracks. It's been 6 years! It's still in tack, still working well, still handsome~ :P