Digital Table: Global Tea Hut November

 Welcome to the Digital Table where you are part of a global conversation with tea. Global Tea Hut is a Non-Profit Organization that sends out a sampling of tea, a gift and a special magazine. Everything is brought together by the community to spread the love of tea, Dao and Zen. Join us the last Wednesday of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.


      This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. It is of my own creation and I receive nothing from them ,but good karma of spreading their message and cause . All past posts can be found under “Digital Table” here.


 This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. This months Digital Table brings us a Spring 2014 GABA Tea called Peaceful slumber from Taiwan.

 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.

 This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. This months Digital Table brings us a Spring 2014 GABA Tea called Peaceful slumber from Taiwan.

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.
Cheers!

Global Tea Hut is a digital community where tea drinkers enjoy the same tea(s) every month across the world. It is subscription based where all the proceeds go towards a non-profit tea center (Tea Sage Hut) in Taiwan that is open to all. For more information on Global Tea Hut and the center please visit them at:

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**All opinions are my own and subscription is paid by me, as a donation to the tea center

Digital Table: Global Tea Hut October

 Welcome to the Digital Table where you are part of a global conversation with tea. Global Tea Hut is a Non-Profit Organization that sends out a sampling of tea, a gift and a special magazine. Everything is brought together by the community to spread the love of tea, Dao and Zen. Join us the last Wednesday of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.


      This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. It is of my own creation and I receive nothing from them ,but good karma of spreading their message and cause . All past posts can be found under “Digital Table” here.


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 My apologies for the late post, I have been a bit under the weather but I wanted to get this post up for you so lets get started! This months packet was greatly appreciated. The tea for this month was a Summer 2014 Red Tea from Sun Moon Lake called ” Elevation” by the center. it was delightfully smooth with some fruity notes. This was not the first time receiving a tea from Sun Moon Lake, so it was a nice treat considering I ran out.
    The magazine that came with it was focused on Qi Cultivation and was very informational. Qi, or the bodys internal energies has been an interest to me since I began my tea studies early 2009. The article titled “The Three Treasures” by Andrew Taylor was very enlightening. Andrew taught about  about these three : Jing (Essence) , Qi (Vital Energy) and Shen (Spirit Mind).

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 They sound like they are not connected but they are. Each one is within the body and can be “nourished” through different means, but first lets go over what each one is. Jing is referred to as the basis of the human body meaning blood and fluids. Qi is the life force of living things that are around us. Shen is connected to the mind especially when it comes to spirituality, creativity, the unconscious and even the divine. To nourish the energy of each consist of meditation (or yoga or even qigong), healthy in-season diet, breathing exercises (can be even done though meditation),and tea.  Each is very simple and who does not want a good tea session?
   There is so much information in this issue that I may share more latter on about Qi as it is a great topic. It is actually a big reason why I just adore getting a new packet every month from Global Tea Hut as it is also focused on tea, zen and dao. But all at the same time.


Global Tea Hut is a digital community where tea drinkers enjoy the same tea(s) every month across the world. It is subscription based where all the proceeds go towards a non-profit tea center (Tea Sage Hut) in Taiwan that is open to all. For more information on Global Tea Hut and the center please visit them at:

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**All opinions are my own and subscription is paid by me, as a donation to the tea center

Digital Table: Global Tea Hut September

  Welcome to the Digital Table where you are part of a
global conversation with tea. Global Tea Hut is a Non-Profit Organization that
sends out a sampling of tea, a gift and a special magazine. Everything is
brought together by the community to spread the love of tea, Dao and
Zen
. Join us the last Wednesday of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.


      This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched
me. It is of my own creation and I receive nothing from them ,but good karma of
spreading their message and cause . All past posts can be found under “Digital Table” here.

Digital table is a series that dives into tea, zen and dao through Global Tea Hut's Monthly subscription. Magazine, gift, Wu De Puerh Teaching Learning

 This months package blew me away! Not only was the issue larger and packed full of information, but this months tea was an old friend. Bing Dao, also known as Ice Island or “King of the Forest”. I tried this tea for the first time around this time last year at Tao Tea Leaf. It was like a long lost friend coming to visit after many years apart.
    When trying this tea again after almost a year, it still had a minty side to it on the tongue. The favour is hard to place but it reminds me of a spring that ran into the creek near my Grandfathers home. It had slight earthy notes but also “tasted” of nature.
 

Digital table is a series that dives into tea, zen and dao through Global Tea Hut's Monthly subscription. Magazine, gift, Wu De Puerh Teaching Learning

 On to this months magazine which is packed full of information on Puerh and other goodies. I quite enjoyed learning more about this type of tea , especially the different eras associated. Although I must say I was glad that Wu De included another article stressing the importance of the brewer.
   As I said last week, the condition your mind is in will effect your tea. Wu De took it even further in is article, “The Center of a Tea Session”. He used a calligraphy analogy to further  this idea

 …the student asked the master how to paint the perfect scroll of calligraphy, to which the master responded, “perfect yourself and paint naturally!”.

This line shows that your internal self is just as important as how much you practice brewing.  Wu De even suggested that even how you treat people and what you eat can effect the brew. It would be very interesting to try a new diet and see how it effects your tea brewing (because Tea Journey readers are kind and are true to their truth). 

Global Tea Hut is a digital community where tea drinkers enjoy the same tea(s) every month across the world. It is subscription based where all the proceeds go towards a non-profit tea center (Tea Sage Hut) in Taiwan that is open to all. For more information on Global Tea Hut and the center please visit them at:

Global Tea Hut

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**All opinions are my own and subscription is paid by me, as a donation to the tea center

Digital Table: Global Tea Hut August

  Welcome to the Digital Table where you are part of a global conversation with tea. Global Tea Hut is a Non-Profit Organization that sends out a sampling of tea, a gift and a special magazine. Everything is brought together by the community to spread thelove of tea, Dao and Zen. Join us the last Wednesday of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.

   This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. It is of my own creation and I receive nothing from them ,but good karma of spreading their message and cause . All past posts can be found under “Digital Table” here.

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  Summer has been flying by! Thankfully with this months tea I kept cool. It was such a treat to receive this oolong as I found it cooled me off (How about you?). This months tea is the Spring 2014 Kingfisher Jade(Tsui Yu) Ooolong from Ming Jian, Taiwan. This tea is very special! It is one of the three daughters are the most famous varietals that were created around the 1970’s for Taiwan. Who would have known this if it were not for Global Tea Hut! The tree teas are unique to taiwan, no where else can you get these three.

      Which teas are the “Three Daughters”? They are Golden Lilly (Jing Shuan), Kingsfisher Jade (Tsui Yu) and Four Seasons Spring (Si Ji Chun). As King fisher Jade had the same cooling effect as Four Seasons, I am going to guess that Golden Lilly is similar ( I can’t wait for them to send it out).  

     Going back to this months tea, King Fisher Jade, it had a lovely cooling effect on the body. With its smooth taste and floral hints it was just right for unwinding at the end of the day. The flavours of the tea came out very clear when I used the gift that was sent with it. Chinese “Medicine Stones”, they are put in your water container/kettle to soften, purify and remineralize the Water. Truly the perfect addition For any tea lover. 

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 My favourite article is part of the “Eight Bowls” series :The Eight Bowls: Study, Contemplation and Prayer by Shane Marrs. It was just what I needed at that moment. A little reminder of what I have learned through Japanese Tea Ceremony.
    Its little lessons that get taught that are really lessons of life and zen. Through tea we should practice humility, gratitude, forgiveness, and  loving-kindness. Mastery of tea is the mastery of the self, strangely very similar to yoga (okay its self- acceptance but it is close to me). The brewer’s heart is the most important part of tea as it becomes infused into our brew.

      During Japanese Tea Ceremony these key points are the foundations of which you learn. We express humility when we enter the tea room through a low bow. gratitude when we lift or tea bowl in thanks. Every action is a respectful loving action for not only guests but ourselves. Forgiveness when the host forgets the next step or head guest forgets their line (or we forget to slurp at the end). 

   These points mirror in life as well. Especially as we grow up, I turned 27 this year and have found these in many situations. Such as: 

Humility- Admitting to the type of person I was in the past and apologizing to those I hurt

Forgiveness- While I hope others will forgive my past, I am also ready to forgive Theirs.

Gratitude- When a friend pays for dinner or a snack. They always get a thank you and a huge hug! (and I re-pay them latter)

Loving-Kindness – Being there for a friend when they need someone to talk to

    While we hope we all are doing each of these every day though, there are times where we forget. The important thing to do is try our best and hope that we receive it in return.  Practice them in daily life and they will come through in your tea.

Global Tea Hut is a digital community where tea drinkers enjoy the same tea(s) every month across the world. It is subscription based where all the proceeds go towards a non-profit tea center (Tea Sage Hut) in Taiwan that is open to all. For more information on Global Tea Hut and the center please visit them at:

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Tea Sage Hut

**All opinions are my own and subscription is paid by me, as a donation to the tea center

Digital Table: Global Tea Hut July

  Welcome to the Digital Table where you are part of a global conversation with tea. Global Tea Hut is a Non-Profit Organization that sends out a sampling of tea, a gift and a special magazine. Everything is brought together by the community to spread the love of tea, Dao and Zen. Join us the last Wednesday of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.

   This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. It is of my own creation and I receive nothing from them ,but good karma of spreading their message and cause . All past posts can be found under “Digital Table” here.

  This months tea came with a little story in which the members of Global Tea Hut all had a hand in. While the leaves themselves may not have been picked by them (it takes a long time to have the speed and precision to pink tea). They were processed by them, from start to finish!
   The end result was a lovely Red Tea that they created on their visit to Yunnan. “Daughter of the Forest” or Qian Jia Zhai 2014 , made completely with leaves from a wild tree that is well over 200 – 700 years old in Ai Lao, Yunnan.
   Each member created their own batch and every one was put together at the end. You might be asking “why would they do this?”. The reason is that as they made their own batch they infused the tea with their energy at every stage, then when they mixed them together every ones energy became one.  When drinking the tea you can feel the good intentions coming through because of this extra step.
       “Daughter of the Forest” tasted smooth, with cooked fruit taste and a light baked bread like flavor (it reminded me of baked bread, the “proper” term would be brisk). The energy was definitely there as instantly it calmed every nerve and muscle in my body. My family had gone through a very stressful ordeal (water damage and a little drama, more on this latter), so having a cup of this truly helped me realize that the stress will pass. Basically I had begun to meditate with the tea.

 Which brings me to my favorite article in the magazine “Eight Bowls: A Meditative Mind” by Shane Marrs. Here Shane explains how both tea and water respond to human emotions. They “suck it up” and it comes through when we make our tea. For example, if you have ever had tea made by someone who is having a truly bad day, that tea will have a differnt taste than from someone who is having a fantastic day. A better example would be the difference between tea from a tea ceremony to tea quickly made at home. They are night and day!
     A great explanation is this zen quote, ” If I’m not mindful then it isn’t tea that we’re drinking,, but rather my afflictions and delusions”.  For me this line explains that is important to focus on one thing at a time, in this case tea. If tea is not the focus then are you really “tasting” the truth of the tea itself?

Global Tea Hut is a digital community where tea drinkers enjoy the same tea(s) every month across the world. It is subscription based where all the proceeds go towards a non-profit tea center (Tea Sage Hut) in Taiwan that is open to all. For more information on Global Tea Hut and the center please visit them at:

Global Tea Hut

Tea Sage Hut

**All opinions are my own and subscription is paid by me, as a donation to the tea center