New books!- The Classic of Tea

       These two books just arrived the other week. I am so excited to have them as part of my expanding tea library. From flipping through them quickly , they look like a much better translation of this historical book. The copy I read back in my first few weeks at Teaopia was much MUCH smaller and very short. This is very extensive full translation of the book I have been wanting for quite sometime. Once I get part way into it, I will report back! Keep an eye out!
        As well the LONG wait for the Prosperitea set tasting will be happening this week. I am long overdue for a small multipul tea tasteing. As well I will be posting about my trip to Tao Tea Leaf and a tasting post on some samples I got from Camillia Sinenssis in Montreal! Exciting kick off towards the third year of Tea Journey!

Tea in Media- 闘茶

       闘茶 or Dou Cha (aka Tea Fight) has become one of my favourite movies over the last few years.  The story is based on a myth which was created for the story line. Two groups created tea, Female Tea and Male Tea. Male groups tea causes aggression while the Female groups tea calms you. I am using Male and Female as those are the group names which came in the subtitles, the languages for the movie are Taiwanese and Japanese (light kansai-ben).
    After the two groups are introduced it brings up that a man from Japan is learning from the Female Tea group, to sum it up the two groups fight because of what the student says to a member of the Male Tea group.
             A curse is in place which sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Break the curse by beating the Male Tea descendant. The curse itself though was placed on all three members. It causes a lot of turmoil for the characters.
         My favourite character is quite minor, Lu Yu pops up every now and then and is event he narrator for the little myth. Very cute overall.  The best part of the movie is at the end where you get to see the predecessor of matcha being made by two characters while another is making it as it has been established to date.
      I highly suggest this movie, some of  it seems a little “dopey” but watching how everyone makes tea is worth it.

Temprature visual guide

I have been useing this guide since reading Chajing by Lu Yu and The Story of Tea by Heiss.
Being an artist I am very visual so to me this is easier than getting out a thermometer.

1st boil = shrimp eye, lots little bubbles forming at bottom of pot, rising slowly, sounds like bamboo leaves swaying in strong wind
2nd boil = crab eye, medium size bubbles travel up fast, loud popping noise
3rd boil = boiling, fountain like water surface, no more bubble, constant humming noise

I hope this works as well as I has for me, for your own tea brewing.

The Way of Tea- First 38 pages

Reading this book word to word, page to page, paragraph to paragrah. Each peice of it speaks of Lao Tzu, Lu Yu and Tao. The language flows smoothly with no breaks of gaps. It was hard to put it down once I started, almost missed my transfer from the Bloor line to Younge.
Gazeing at it now while siping Pheonix Dan Cong from Tao Tea Leaf (Toronto) makes me want to forget about things I have on my list to do tonight and just read. Forget about everything till I have finished reading every juicy word. I am going to stop now to finish a few things before going back to it, sleep and then back again for the commute to work in the morning.