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TANG DYNASTY STYLE - ZISUN 'COIN'

$15.00

  • Tea Info

    TYPE Green Tea
    ORIGIN Changxing, Zhejiang, China
    GPS 31ºN 119.8ºE
    TASTING NOTES Honey | Sugar Peas | Banana
    GROWER
    Zhang Wenhua

    Brewing Guide

    TANG DYNASTY STYLE ZISUN 'COIN'
    BREWING Roast lightly and simmer over 15 min.
    TEA 1 coin (7.5g) / 500ml water


    EQUIPMENT Charcoal (or blowtorch), pot & burner

    TRY IT!

    In the Tang Dynasty, tea pressed into 'coins' like this was very popular.  Fresh tea leaves are steamed, mashed and compressed int small tablets; oftentimes, a hole is made in the middle, allowing a thread to be inserted through many 'coins', facilitating carrying and storage.

    Lu Yu (陸羽) the Tea Sage, lived and led the production of tea in the Changxing area, where this tea is grown.  

    This tea is surprisingly sweet and extremely interesting.  It is NOT a tea for the short of patience, as brewing takes time; it is, however, a beautiful tea to share with friends, or a tea to brew under the stars, around a fire.

    There are several YouTube videos instructing the brewing techniques of the Tang Dynasty; they involve a brazier, a beautiful stone grinder and a large pot.  I strongly suggest trying this at least once.


    A PNW BREWING STYLE

    The Vancouver fire department would not approve a charcoal burner (or a bonfire) at our tea bar; and most of our guests do not have the time to sit around for a full Tang Style tea session.  This is how we can create a delicious brew without troubling the fine folks from the fire department or keeping our guests too long:

    - Lightly roast the zisun coin with a torch; think about your marshmallow roasting experience:  you want the outside just lightly toasted, NOT scorched.  Take some time to appreciate the aroma of the roasted tea.

    - Throw the coin in 500ml of water around 85 degrees Celsius and keep it simmering over 10 - 15 minutes.  Every now and then, you may use a spoon to taste the progress of your brew.

    - Once you think it's delicious, serve to your friends!  You may add 500ml of water again, and extract the tea 2-3 times.  All in all, you will brew a lot of tea for your guests.

     

    ABOUT THE GROWER

    Zhang Wenghua's farm is located in a beautiful valley hidden among forested mountains near Changxing, famous for the Zisun cultivar. The Lao Cong Zisun cultivar tea trees on her property are 70-80 years old. Most of the leaves she harvests are handcrafted into loose leaf green or black teas but a very small amount is converted into these rare, outstandingly sweet coins. 

     


    The bamboo forest near Lily's tea fields

    Temple in the mountains

    Grower on the map

  • Tea Bar Hours

    MON - SUN 12:00PM - 6:00PM
     

    Location

    2208 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC
    1.604.558.0500

     

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