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Ran a little late with this post ( technical difficulties mostly) but there was a lot to share with you regarding this months tea! It’s well worth the wait and I am eager to have another cup. So let’s put this show on the road!
This months tea blew me away…. and also had me reaching for a good book. It has a body that reminded me of the “Champagne” like body of a Bai Hao Oolong (Oriental Beauty) with that touch of aroma fruity. The name “Peaceful Slumber” or “An Mian”suits it very well . This tea is grown in Pingling in Northern Taiwan and it relaxes every part of your body with each sip.
It is a great tea, but what is up with the GABA? This one is semi-oxidized as it is from taiwan but in Japan they make a less-oxidized version. Global Tea hut made the suggestion that it perhaps deserves its own category much like pu-er because of its unique qualities . I totally agree with them after investigating more into GABA or Gamma Amino Butyric Acid.
It exists naturally within our bodies. It is part of our nervous system where it prevents over-excitement of the system itself. It has been documented that when there is a low level in the body it can lead to disorders in the same area of the body. It was discovered in Japan about twenty to twenty five years ago. Soon after it was brought to Taiwan, where it is slow to gain notice with the locals.The thing is that its true categorization is hard to make. The same tea originally from Japan is made differently than it is in Taiwan, but the for the latter version Oolong varieties are used and the processing makes the tea look closer to red tea.
GABA Tea is always organically grown and that it because the amount of GABA decreases if it is grown any other way. This tea is seed grown and are given plenty of space to grow in. This is where nature is allowed to do its thing. There is a deep respect for nature between the farmer and the trees themselves.
With its deep connection to nature, it is a perfect tea for meditation. Just like what is suggested in “And Begin to Absorb Peace” article. During older times, as the kettle slowly reached a boil, that time was used for this practice. Very similar to the moment that a host would take before starting to clean their tools in Japanese Tea Ceremony. It really sets the tone for any tea session and you can still do it with an electric kettle, but it is best done the old fashioned way (read that as fun way).
This article really got me itching to get out my tetsubin, Of course I would do it only while the rest of the family is at work. How about you? Are you eager to try this centering practice before your next tea session? Let me know in the comments below (or hey send me a tweet if that works for you).
Till next time, keep on steeping and Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends.