I usually drink my wild Yi Wu 1985 Tuo Cha in high concentration. It gives me an elated feeling, but without the (sometimes ugly) side effects of alcohol. This was also the reason why tea became popular in the old days in mperial China. The high class liked to eat and drink, but they soon found out that too much wine was not always a blessing. So, the more refined scholars and people with power turned to tea, instead of wine, to entertain their guests.
So, recently, I've found the perfect cup to get tea drunk: this small Qing dynasty wine cup, an old shot glass if you want! It's a little bit smaller than a regular cup and it fits very strong brewed old puerh best. Here you see all 4 wine cups I have. Let's have a small party tonight!!
My name is Stéphane Erler. I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.