Thanks to Matt's kindness, I have received a sample of his Wild Hadong Ddok Cha. It is a pressed green tea cake and is most probably very close to the way green tea used to be processed in the Tang dynasty (618-907), when most teas were processed as green tea cakes. Besides, according to Matt, says this style of Korean tea goes back to the 7th century!...
Lu Yu (the Tang dynasty tea writer) recommended using silver (or gold) tea ware and celadon cups. As for my Cha Xi set up, I decided to emphasize the wild nature (dark green Cha Bu and water collector) of this wild grown tea and the purity of its taste (white jar and vase, silver ware).
A tea professional recently told me that silver kettles are very appreciated by Taiwanese tea drinkers. Many prefer silver over old iron tetsubins, because rusted tetsubins often scare people. It's not always easy to assess the quality of a tetsubin. A silver kettle (of pure silver), on the other hand, will give you its purest water from day 1. Water from a silver kettle will be lightest and purest, fitting light teas like green tea perfectly.
Water from a silver kettle will also be hottest. It needs to be poured slowly and carefully, without touching the leaves directly.
Did this green tea stand the heat of this silver kettle and teapot combination? Yes, it did! These leaves are really very well processed. The result was a sweet feeling of peace and purity. Rather than drinking a tea, it was more a stroll in a calm, springtime mountain.
From left to right, the tea shows different colors in the big celadon, in Ginkgo's cup and in the qingbai singing cup.
Below, you'll also recognize Teajar's unglazed porcelain tea jar. I have received it last week as well, just in time to hold these few leaves of Ddok Cha. The milky texture of this porcelain jar is amazing.
Thank you so much, tea friends, for sharing these wares and leaves with me!