Brick Tea Ceremony

12/04/2015 in Tea Talk by Peter Goggi   () comments

I’m still quietly ruminating over my pictures from China in November as I drink my morning cup…my own personal blend, by the way!

I still can’t get over the gentle, beautiful and unique Brick Tea Ceremony in which I was able to participate while in Hubei.  Not only was it a very interesting ceremony, but I learned quite a bit. 

Having never seen this formal ceremony, I was surprised at the warming stage.  Pieces of the brick are broken off, selected by the artisan and warmed over an open charcoal heat source.  Once warmed, it is then broken up into smaller pieces by using a mortar and pestle.  It is then placed into the warmed tea cups and brewed.

You can see the fastidious attention to detail during this ceremony, and although I didn’t get to taste these particular teas, my colleague from the Tea Association of Canada, Louise Roberge, assured me it was fabulous.

I also need to apologize because my battery went dead !! what a disappointment, but I will be getting a full video of the Tea Forum and will be posting various presentations on our website for our members to enjoy.

One thing I did want to mention is the background video behind the performers.  The scenes are a depiction of the Battle of the Three Kingdoms.  This was a very famous battle in China, and was the first time that two kingdoms joined to defeat the 3rd.  You will note the various scenes of boats on the river, which resulted in an attack on those boats with fire and explosions, defeating the enemy. 

Oh, and did I mention that this battle took place in Chibi in 208 AD!  It is also known as the Battle of the Red Cliffs or Battle of Chibi.  So much history…so much tea.

Enjoy the video and I look forward to sharing more tea experiences!


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