Pu-erh Mini Tuocha, The Original "Camel's Breath"
- This tea is of David Lee Hoffman's -- The Phoenix Collection.
- This compressed Pu-erh from Yunnan Province in China has an earthy, distinct aroma and taste that emanates from the slow unraveling of its unique bird's nest shape. High in antioxidants & probiotocs, one tuo-cha is good for a small pot or several cups over.
This is a great Pu-erh to take with you when you go out of town and need tea to travel with on the road.
- Ceremonial drinking of tea is meant to focus one's attention, relax the mind and lift the spirit while sharing in the experience. Paying close attention to the evolving taste and aroma of the tea, slowing to observe the dance of its leaves against beautiful ceramic cups enhances one's appreciation of both the tea and the moment.
Using a 4 ounce Gaiwan, I recommend 1 mini tea cake, at 205/215 temperature. Let it steep for a couple of minutes and then pour.
- I find these Pu-erhs to be ideal for meditating with on cold or rainy days. Actually, on any day that I feel like I need more grounding, and to get out of my head. Once you decide what type of tea you'd like to sit with, that's when the meditation begins.
In full awareness pull the tea done from the shelf and measure it into your Gaiwan. Next, start to heat your water and just be aware of how active your mind is, is it wanting to multi-task or go over the to-do list for the day? Just be aware, how it's wanting to pull you away from being in the moment.
Once the water is ready. Do a quick wash of the leaves, drain out the water and then lift the lid of the Gaiwan to smell the warm, moistened leaves. This Pu-erh will bring forth of the scents of the earth, to some it can seem very grounding. Notice what arises for you, and what images come to mind. Perhaps, lift the lid of the Gaiwan and take in the aroma again. Take your time, there's no rushing, it's a morning ritual.
Now, is the time to steep. Pour in the water and let it sit in the Gaiwan for 1 minute or more -- you decide on the length of time for it to steep. If you prefer stronger brews let it steep longer otherwise 1 to 2 minutes is plenty long enough to capture the flavors.
Pouring the tea into your little sipping cup. Notice the sensations from having poured the Gaiwan into the cup. The sensations of holding the cup in your hands, feeling the texture and warmth of the cup. Notice how it feels to bring the cup to your lips, the color of the tea and the aroma.
Taking the first sip, let it sit in your mouth for a bit before swallowing. What comes up for you? Take your time to stay in awareness with the tea as you swallow. Even after you swallow this tea lingers in your mouth. Take your time and stay present with all of the sensations as you slowly move through your first infusion. You'll have at least two more infusions to go and on each infusion the tea continues to change and evolve.
This meditation helps awaken all of the senses in becoming alert in the present moment and helping one move from the mind into body awareness.
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