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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Jasmine Dragon Pearls 茉莉龍之珍珠 http://teamistress.com/product/jasmine-dragon-pearls/ http://teamistress.com/product/jasmine-dragon-pearls/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 12:31:42 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1106 Variety: base of  natural white Fuding Da Bai Cha

Superior grade 21 fresh jasmine blossom scentings

Origin:  Xiamen, fujian, China 中國,廈門,福建

Farmer:  Wu Guan Ping 吴觀平

Harvest: 2013

Taste: fresh intoxicating aroma, delicate almond base, smooth

Essence: enchanted, creative, radiant

Pairings: a quiet moment and a dear friend

Brewing: 3g (1 tbs) per 200 ml purified water 75-80˚, first infusion 30 sec, allowing pearls to unfurl, increase time with subsequent infusions to taste, 6-8 infusions

Storage: dry, dark & air tight

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The alluring and intoxicating scent of jasmine enveloping decadent natural white tea buds. The art of creating this particular Jasmine tea required 21 nightly rituals of  laying fresh jasmine buds upon a delicate first flush of Fuding Da Bai Cha white tea buds. The pearls were then hand-rolled to seal in the magic. It is gracious, smooth, and seduces you into at least 6 infusions. This Jasmine was specifically sourced to satiate a discerning Jasmine tea drinker ….

 

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Liminal Tea Blend for The Acid http://teamistress.com/product/liminal-tea-blend-acid/ http://teamistress.com/product/liminal-tea-blend-acid/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:22:26 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1281 Blend: Organic White Peony tea (Fuding, China), Wild harvested Valhalla Ginseng (BC, Canada), Biodynamic Orange Blossoms (Andalucía, Spain), Organic Lavender (Sussex, UK)

Essence: astral travel, meditative, creative force

Drink in relaxed dim lit room with the Liminal album on headphones

Brewing: 80-85˚,  1 tsp per person and one for the Gods, 5 mins,  2 infusions

 

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The topology of internal states and liminal spheres.

This blend was curated with sacred plants and ritual in mind – the Valhalla ginseng is wild harvested with integrity deep in the majestic mountains of Canada by a beautiful woman Shanoon. Traditionally Valhalla ginseng is used by First Nations of the Pacific North West in ceremony for rite of passage and vision quests.  The orange blossoms are from a friend Lillian’s organic family grove in Andalusia, they were gently shaken from the trees on the full moon of March. White peony is the base of the blend offering an uplifting, pure and delicate wave of awareness – this organic tea was procured through my tea master Olivia Chan.  The organic sussex Lavender infuses relaxation and offers a crown aligning element to the blend.

 

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Lion Mountain Longjing (Dragon Well) 獅峰龍井 http://teamistress.com/product/lion-mountain-longjing-dragon-well/ http://teamistress.com/product/lion-mountain-longjing-dragon-well/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:24:36 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1205 Origin: Westlake, Zhejiang, China  中國浙江西湖

Farmer: Jiang Ting  蔣廷

Harvest: 2nd flush Spring 2014

Taste: savoury, chestnuts, reed freshness, hint of salt

Essence: cleansed, mindful, graceful

Pairings: shellfish, aged Gruyere, heart opening when rose petals are added

Brewing: 75-80˚, 3g (2 tbs) per 200 ml, 35 sec, 4-5 infusions. Increase subsequent infusion times to taste.

Storage: airtight in the freezer

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This 2nd flush Longjing has been meticulously handcrafted by Master Ting on his farm in the mountains around the West Lake area of Hangzhou – an area believed by the Chinese to be proof of Heaven on Earth. Longjing or Dragon Well is a delectable and renowned Chinese green tea. It is the unique method of wok roasting that gives the tea such a distinctive shape and flavour.

Legend holds that Longjing was named after a dragon that dwelled in an old temple well. People came to pray to the dragon for rain as early as Wu of Three Kingdoms (221-280), as it was believed he was a rain dragon and could break a drought.

The Xihu (West Lake) area is deeply buried in luxuriant trees and punctuated with mysterious springs and streams. The region has been famous for tea production as well as a nexus point for monks, artists, intelligentsia, and emperors for centuries. Lonjing’s popularity was rooted when Qing Emperor Qian Long (1736-1795) visited the area and was so inspired by the tea that he wrote poetry and kept 18 bushes for his royal use ranking them as Tribute Tea Trees.

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Liquid Jade Green http://teamistress.com/product/liquid-jade-green/ http://teamistress.com/product/liquid-jade-green/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:14:39 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1184 Variety: Green

Origin: Huanshan, Anhui, China 中國安徽環山

Farmer: Ah Gun  阿根

Harvest: 2014

Taste: full bodied, vegetal, nutty, distinct floral aroma

Essence: cleansed, activated, calm

Pairings: salmon, asparagus, ricotta

Brewing: 70-80˚, 3g (1tbs) per 200 ml, 15 sec, 4-5 infusions. Increase subsequent infusion times to taste.

Storage: airtight in freezer

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Liquid Jade is an exceptional example of quality green tea; the taste is rounded and clean, there are full robust notes, and a refreshing aftertaste. It is the custom and premium signature tea of Olivia Chan – a tea master and friend. The tea is traditionally produced on the Gun family’s farm high in the Huanshan mountians.  It is a versatile tea that works well for culinary, such as a marinade for salmon or as a secret addition to salad dressing.  It is also fantastic in cocktails!

Jade Stream

500ml Coconut Water

tsp Liquid Jade green tea

Juice of one cucumber

1oz Bombay Sapphire or similar quality gin

Clear quartz crystal

The night, or at least 4 hours before:

Cold infuse 2tsps of Liquid Jade in 500ml of coconut water.

Charge a piece of clear quartz with strength of clear vision and love. Place in the freezer.

When ready to drink:

Joyfully mix equal parts tea infused coconut water with cucumber water and add gin to taste. Pour into a glass over the frozen quartz and enjoy.

Thank you to Michael at Herball for the luxurious recommendation of utilizing crystals with cocktails. www.theherball.com

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Organic Black Golden Tip 有機 金毫紅茶 http://teamistress.com/product/organic-black-golden-tip/ http://teamistress.com/product/organic-black-golden-tip/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:09:51 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1226 Variety: Black

Origin:  Tiantai County, Zhenjiang, China 中國, 浙江省,天台县

Farmer:  Lao Hu 老胡

Altitude: 900m

Harvest: 2014

Taste: rich cacao, malty, bright and full bodied with citrus notes

Essence: clarity, encouraged, revitalised

Pairings: ginger biscuits, dark chocolate, roasted spiced lamb

Brewing: 3g (2 tbs) per 200 ml of purified water 90-95˚, 20 sec, 4-5 infusions. Increase infusion time for subsequent infusions to taste.  This tea is fantastic on its own but added milk and honey are also delicious.

Storage: dry, dark & air tight

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Organic Black Golden Tips was brought in to satiate the everyday black tea drinker. It is invigorating, bright, and has a comforting malty base. It is delicious on its own or with milk and sweetener.

This particular tea is from the Tiantai Mountain area on the East Coast of China and artisan made by an old family friend of my Tea Master Olivia’s father.

According to one legend, Tiantai Mountain used to be carried by a giant turtle, swimming in the ocean. One day the sky began to shake and the Goddess Nuwa had to cut off the turtle’s legs in order to use them to support the falling sky. She moved the mountain to the dry land so that it would not sink in the ocean and could remain home to all the animals and plants that thrived on it.

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Organic White Peony (Special Grade) http://teamistress.com/product/organic-white-peony/ http://teamistress.com/product/organic-white-peony/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:35:10 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1216 Variety: Organic White Peony (Special Grade) 有機 牡丹王

Origin: Fuding, Fujian, China 中國福建省福鼎市

Elevation: 600m

Taste: delicately sweet, young tender snow peas, light spice

Essence: refreshed, peaceful, inspired

Pairings: sautéed spring greens, almonds, shortbread

Brewing: 75-80˚, 3g (2 tbs) per 200 ml, 25-30 sec, 4-5 infusions

Storage: dry, dark, cool and airtight

 

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This rustic and precious tea comes from the same farm as our Silver Needle. The tea is hand harvested and set to dry on bamboo mats in the warm spring sun which infuse the ancestry of Fuding; the birthplace of White Tea. This tea features two green tea leaves and one silver bud. The leaves give a vegetal depth to the subtle hues of the white buds.  This is a perfect everyday white tea and infuses beautifully for a cold brew with rose petals or hibiscus. White tea is the least processed of all the teas so it maintains minerals and vitamins plus is high in antioxidants and low in caffeine.

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Percival Brew http://teamistress.com/product/percival-brew/ http://teamistress.com/product/percival-brew/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 13:15:09 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1339 Blend: Organic Golden Tip Black (Zhengiang, China), Biodynamic Orange Blossoms (Andalusia, Spain), Organic Olive Leaves (Andalusia, Spain)

Essence: grounded, focused, aware

Pairings: good friends and a splash of mescal or whiskey

Brewing: 80-85˚,  1 tsp per person, 3 mins,  4 infusions

 

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A robust and bright brew created for Percival Menswear in Soho, London. This brew is refreshing and grounding. Make sure you enjoy multiple infusions because the olive leaf takes time to release its nutrients and flavour. It works great on its own but also with milk and a little honey. Here at Tea Mistress we love it with a splash of Mescal!

 

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Puerh Shou 1993 普洱 http://teamistress.com/product/puerh-1993/ http://teamistress.com/product/puerh-1993/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:53:32 +0000 http://teamistress.com/?post_type=product&p=1113 Variety: Xiao Tou Cha (mini tea cake) 小沱茶, Cooked/Shou   熟茶

Origin: Xiaguan, Yunnan, China  中國, 下关, 云南,

Harvest: 1993

Taste: rounded, earthy, oak, smooth

Essence: relaxed, grounded, clear

Pairings: game, dark chocolate

Brewing: Infuse 1 xiao tou cha, 200ml of purified water at 85-95º, first infusion 1 min allowing cake to unfurl, decrease time to 20 sec with subsequent infusions to taste, 4-5 infusions

Storage: dry, dark & air tight

 

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