Saturday, October 03, 2009

Happy Moon Festival!

The sky is too cloudy tonight. The moon is nowhere to be seen... except on my Cha Xi!

Here are the teas I brewed today to celebrate:

- Fall 2009 luanze Oolong: fresh, sweet and ripe fruit!

- A top Hsin Chu county Oriental Beauty (in the pictures): more sweetness and intensity. We ate some Moon cakes with this tea.

- A 20 year old Hung Shui Oolong (that I've been brewing for 3 days already), because today marks the 20th year that the wall fell in Germany! (And I used to have family cousins and uncles who lived behind the iron curtain...)

5 comments:

Celina said...

the sky is too cloudy... the moon is nowhere to be seen...now I´m really laughing I´m almost falling down from my chair...yes, so poetically dissapointing for everyone. Where´s the moon, it´s not here in this part of Sweden too?
Anyway, just Happy Moon Festival to everyone.
And many celebrations to that wall in Germany too....thanks for mentioning this, Stéphane, yes, it´s really kind to think for others too specially in special days like this...

Karen said...

Your anniversary tribute is a beautiful sentiment. It was a great day for all of us, even those who weren't personally affected.
On to more practical matters...optimal brewing parameters for the luanze, including brewing vessel?

RTea said...

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

20 year old Hong Shui...wow. I am working on coming back in late Nov, do you think that pot of tea will last until then? :)

Stephane said...

Thanks Celina and Karen.

Optimum also means it is what suits your taste best. This is for you to find out! If you only have a sample, I recommend you always use porcelain (gaiwan) to test a new tea. This way, you submit them to the same conditions and it's easier to compare them.

RTea,
No, I needed the pot for another Cha Xi today. But I am looking forward to meeting you again, because I have a young and an old Hung Shui Oolong that I think you will like a lot!

Jason Witt said...

I love Oriental Beauty or a similar kind of Formosa Oolong. I even like some of the lower grades a lot. It's a tea that has some history of endearment in the West. --Teaternity