Small Taiwanese Tea Bowl / 170 F / ~ 2gms

This evening I chose to experience this tea in a very basic way . . . together we shared an experience with a Tea Bowl. It’s funny how we often get caught up in the business of the day, and forget about the beauty which can be experienced in simplicity. This is a wonderful tea to enjoy in bowl steeping. The leaves gently awaken, and the transitions of flavour as the leaves awaken can be more thoroughly experienced in a most flavourful and visual collection of moments.

The tea this time began as a soft whisper of a delicate green tea . . . with just a hint of sweetness . . .

Slowly the strength increased, but never so much as to bring any bitterness or astringency to the experience. The sweetness leveled off and a hint of fruitless carried through several bowl. Steeping times lengthened from 30 seconds to ~ 2 minutes . . . not so much to retain a discernible flavour, but more so due to loosing track of time swirling the leaves to watch and appreciate the awakened and alive tea leaves.

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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