Tea Mistress » Products http://teamistress.com ELIXIR FOR LIFE Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:03:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.20 Ancient Sun – Dong Ding 凍頂烏龍茶 http://teamistress.com/product/ancient-sun-dong-ding/ http://teamistress.com/product/ancient-sun-dong-ding/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:42:57 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1275 Variety: Dong Ding Oolong,  medium roasted – 40% oxidisation

Origin:  Yong Long Village, Dong Ding Mountain, Nantou, Taiwan

Elevation: 750m

Farmer:  Mr. Liu 劉先生

Harvest: April 2014

Taste:  roasted honey, tobacco, nutty, bright, and aromatic

Essence: warming, meditative, grounded

Pairings: roasted squash, artichokes, lamb, dried apricots

Brewing: 3g (1 tbs) per 200 ml purified water 90-95˚, 30 sec, 4-5 infusions. Increase steeping time with each infusion to taste.

Storage: airtight, dry, and dark

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Dong Ding or Tung- ting is an illustrious tea mountain in Taiwan; a country that is revered for its artisan oolong tea makers.  This particular Dong Ding was harvested and cured this spring by artisan farmer and renown Lu Gu Farmer’s Association Tea Competition judge Mr.Liu.  The teas unique flavour is attributed to the farms rich red soil, which was left fallow for several years and re-nutrified with natural compost and crushed seashells.  This flourishing grove is maintained without the use of chemicals, weed killers, or fertilizers, and only a minimal amount of water soluble pesticides.

Legend holds a Taiwanese scholar by the name of Lin Feng Chi wanted to enter the Imperial Examination, which was held in Fujian, China. Although Lin Feng Chi was from a poor family his ancestral village in Fujian admired his positive attitude and intelligence and rallied around him raising the fee. Before he left his home, his relatives reminded him to visit his ancestral home and thank them in person.

As fate would have it, Lin Feng Chi excelled during the Imperial Examination and ascended into officialdom. He visited his ancestral village in Wuyishan with gifts and his heartfelt gratitude. When he returned to Taiwan, he brought with him 36 tea seedlings, which were planted, on Dong Ding in the Lugu village.

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Dance with the Immortals http://teamistress.com/product/dance-immortals/ http://teamistress.com/product/dance-immortals/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:46:47 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1262 Variety: High Mountain Oolong,  Lightly roasted - 15% oxidisation

Origin:  Shan Lin Xi, Nantou, Taiwan

Elevation: 1520m

Farmer: Su Family

Harvest: May 2014

Taste:  invigorating floral bouquet, buttery, delicate mountain herbs, citrus, and pine.

Essence: cleansed, alert, focused

Pairings: salmon, roast chicken, fennel, an afternoon break

Brewing: 3g (1 tbs) per 200 ml purified water 90-95˚, 30 sec, 4-5 infusions. Increase steeping time with each infusion to taste.

Storage: airtight in freezer

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Dance with the Immortals is an ace example of a light to mid roast Taiwanese High Mountain Oolong.  The feel and complexity of flavours are full mouthed, fresh, and smooth. The aroma is floral and elevating. This tea comes from a small farm run by the Su Family. A husband and wife team who in 2004 followed their dream to transform their virgin high mountain bamboo forest into a tea garden.  This tea has been produced using only natural fertilizers, zero weed killers, and only a minimal amount of soluble pesticides, which they do not administer for at least 3 weeks prior to harvest.

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Scent of a Concubine 贵妃貢香鐵觀音 http://teamistress.com/product/scent-of-a-concubine/ http://teamistress.com/product/scent-of-a-concubine/#comments Sun, 25 May 2014 13:17:41 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1088 Variety: Iron Buddha 鐵觀音, 14% Oxidisation, natural

Origin: Xiping, Anxi County, Fujian, China中國, 西平,安溪

Farmer: Lin Dai Jin 林大金

Harvest: 2014

Taste: intoxicating bouquet, deep elegant notes of orchid, citrus and oak

Essence: sensual, enchanted, enamoured

Pairings: hazel nuts, white fish, comté

Brewing: 3g (1 tbs) per 200 ml purified water 90-95˚, 40 sec, 4-5 infusions. Increase steeping time with each infusion to taste.

Storage: airtight in freezer

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Scent of a Concubine’s intoxicating aroma and alluring depth of flavour echoes the illusive legend of a Qing Dynasty concubine of the Emperor Qianlong. The breathtaking beauty of Xiang Fei was secondary to her natural scent and once rumour reached the Emperor he demanded she be brought to the Imperial city. Torn from her village and husband, on the arduous journey she was bathed in camel milk and had daily rundowns of butter to preserve her enchanting scent. When Xiang Fei reached the Imperial City, she was greeted by a lustful Qianlong. Showering her with extravagant gifts, the Emperor hoped he could entice the exotic creature. But the young concubine would not stir. Only when the emperor installed a jujube tree bearing golden fruit from her hometown in the palace gardens did the concubine break her defiant silence. Legend holds that she fell in love with Emperor because he honoured her ancestry and history.

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Organic Oriental Beauty, Dongfan Meiren 東方美人 http://teamistress.com/product/organic-oriental-beauty-dongfan-meiren/ http://teamistress.com/product/organic-oriental-beauty-dongfan-meiren/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:01:59 +0000 http://www.teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=358 Origin: Hsinchu county, Guan Xi, Taiwan 台灣新竹縣關西鎮

Farmer: Wen Family 溫吉誠

Harvest: Summer 2013

Taste: citrus, honey, indescribably unique

Essence: heart, happiness, empowered, content

Pairings: poultry, dark loaves, fruit

Brewing: 3g (2 tbs) per 200 ml of purified water 90-95˚, 40 sec, 4-5 infusions. Increase subsequent infusion times to taste.

Storage: dark, airtight, dry, cool

 

 

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The taste is instantly distinctive; it is delicate, muscatel, and floral with a savoury deep note – decadent. When in Taiwan this past summer visiting my family who are tea aficionados I asked them to take me to Dongfan farm. We went to visit the Wen Family who has been making tea for 3 generations, and are pioneers of organic farming in Taiwan.

Oriental Beauty dates from the end of the 18th  century when Taiwan started exporting its Oolong overseas. Legend holds that during the summer the tea farmers would lose the majority of their harvest to swarms of small crickets and would not even bother to harvest the tea because the foreign tea traders usually turned down low quality tea. One farmer decided to harvest the bitten leaves and try his luck with John Dodd, an English tea trader who promoted Taiwan teas to the west. John was elated by the tea and ensured the delicious elixir made its way to Queen Victoria who named it ‘Oriental Beauty’ or ‘Dong Fang Mei Ren’.

It is a highly oxidized (+/-70%) Oolong harvested from young leaves, in summer, just after they have been bitten by the tea jassid (a small cricket). This bite starts the oxidation of the leaves and adds a sweet and sour note that is so characteristic.

‘What was that tea you gave me? When I drink it I feel like a KING’

- Adam Freeland (The Acid/ music producer/ Dj)

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Golden Goddess Oolong 金觀音 http://teamistress.com/product/golden-goddess-oolong/ http://teamistress.com/product/golden-goddess-oolong/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:35:44 +0000 http://www.teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=356 Charcoal dried 烏龍

Origin: Wuyi Shan, Fujian Province, China  中國福建省武夷山

Farmer: Hu Family 胡氏家族

Harvest:  May 2013

Taste: rich honey, burnt oranges, smooth complexity

Essence: elevated, focused, majestic

Pairings: roasted meats, plums, dark chocolate

Brewing: 3g (2 tbs) per 200 ml of purified water 90-95˚, 4-5 infusions. Increase steeping time with subsequent infusions.

 

 

 

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I travelled to Wuyi Shan in 2011 with my tea master Olivia to purchase teas for her shop in Vancouver and to deepen my obsession though experiencing the legendary South East tea regions of China.  We wound for an hour into the tea-covered mountains until we came to a very small 5 acre tea estate run by the Hu family. The family still used traditional charcoal drying methods and prepared all the tea by hand. It was a stunning sunset on the mountain and a laughter filled evening of sampling teas. This Wuyi Shan Golden Goddess Oolong is a 2013 first flush lovingly prepared by the family.

It’s daring aroma and unparalleled complexity of notes reminds me Lu Tong’s poem Seven Bowls of Tea.

Seven Bowls of Tea
The first cup caresses my dry lips and throat.
The second shatters the walls of my lonely sadness.
The third searches the dry rivulets of my soul to find the stories of five thousand scrolls.
With the fourth the pain of life’s grievances evaporates through my pores.
The fifth relaxes my muscles and bones become light.
With the sixth I find the path that leads to the immortal ancestors.
Oh the seventh cup! Better not take it! If I had it the only feeling
Is the fresh wind blowing through my wings,
As I make my way to Penglai.

Lu Tong, Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907)

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Floating Scent, Iron Buddha, Tie Guan Yin, 鐵觀音 http://teamistress.com/product/floating-scent-iron-buddha-tie-guan-yin/ http://teamistress.com/product/floating-scent-iron-buddha-tie-guan-yin/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:32:33 +0000 http://www.teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=355 Origin: Fujian, China  中國福建省

Oxidisation: 17-21%

Harvest: Spring 2013

Taste: floral, citrus, mineral, honey

Essence: refreshed, joyful, clear

Pairings: fish, salads, fennel, almonds

Brewing: 90-95˚, 3g (2 tbs) per 250 ml, 40 sec, 4-5 infusions

Process: steamed, hand-rolled, light roasting

 

 

 

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Floating Scent was my first ‘favourite’ tea; the aroma is unforgettable and the taste is a light citrus with honey and a floral essence. It is the first tea I usually prepare for people that are new to tea ceremony. When I drink it now it is like visiting an old friend, she takes the imagination on flight and soothes the heart.

Guan Yin is the Goddess of compassion and mercy. Legend holds that she was a Buddhist who through great love, grace and sacrifice during her life earned the right to enter Nirvana after her death.  She chose to stay with the people of earth and heal their hearts of the suffering. Guan Yin is found throughout Asia answering the prayers of those who invoke her presence.

 

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