What's Your Experience Of A Fine Brew? Lu Tong Says - Immortality
March 12, 2014
I took this photos some years ago on my way to one of my favorite mountain getaways, Dong Pu Hot Springs in Nantou County, Taiwan. Dong Pu is also the eastern trail head to Taiwan's highest peak - Jade Mountain, 3,952 m (12,966 ft). This statue had no name on it, but I took it to be a rendition of the legendary Lu Tong, who wrote this most famous of tea stanzas which is well known in the Chinese.
Lu Tong's Seven Bowls of Tea七碗诗 卢仝（唐. 790~835）
The first bowl moistens my lips and throat 一碗喉吻潤，
The second bowl breaks my loneliness 二碗破孤悶，
The third bowl searches my barren entrails but to find 三碗搜枯腸，
Therein some five thousand scrolls 惟有文字五千卷，
The fourth bowl raises a slight perspiration 四碗發輕汗，
And all life's inequities pass out through my pores 平生不平事盡向毛孔散，
The fifth bowl purifies my flesh and bones 五碗肌骨清，
The sixth bowl calls me to the immortals 六碗通仙靈，
The seventh bowl could not be drunk 七碗吃不得也，
only the breath of the cool wind raises in my sleeves 唯覺兩腋習習清風生。
Where is Penglai Island, Yuchuanzi wishes to ride on this sweet breeze and go back
We were captivated by the flavor profile with the first sip when our mentorLisa Lin brewed for us on an impromptu visit to her home. It's vibrant, fresh, complex, and also smooth and balanced. Its overall profile carries delicate floral aromatic notes, and a distinct honey-like flavor suspended in a thick, smooth composition. The most distinctive aspect of this batch is that it maintains a very fresh character while having no green vegetal or herbal qualities. It's an amazing balance of delicate floweriness and freshly baked scones. In sum, it's a proper tribute to the magic of bug bitten tea!
Andy visited the farm a second time because the older brother had told him that he had transitioned his own plots of tea to completely natural farming, i.e. not using any chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The image above clearly shows the contrast of a transitional plot of tea in the foreground, compared to the commercially farmed plots of tea on the neighboring farm below in the background.
Great news for roasted tea lovers! We have a new roasted tea selection on our shelves that is both affordable and delectable! Our new Roasted Tsui Yu Oolong is the perfect coffee alternative, for those looking to cut down on their caffeine intake. It has a rich, bold, hearty character that makes it a great coffee sub