The dry leaves are in very good condition (thanks to Russia's dry climate). The fragrance has a spicy touch that reminds me of Glühwine (mulled wine)! It also has the wooden fragrances of old Baozhong, but smells more fruity. Compared to old Baozhong, it smells younger than its age, thanks to the good storage.
First, Jesus was born in a stable and the first informed of his birth were simple shepherds. This shows how humble and simple Jesus came into this world. The inexpensive porcelain accessories try to reflect this humility and simplicity.
On a second more symbolic level, I find it interesting to see the gaiwan like mother Mary giving birth to the brew. And here it makes sense to have the gaiwan made from a 'ivory' porcelain that is similar to Blanc de Chine, De Hua porcelain. Why? Because this reminds me of the popular Guanyin (Boddhisatva) figurines made with this porcelain. Even people in Europe, in the 17-18th century, collected these figurines. They were amazed, I think, by the similarity between Guanyin and Mary! This feminine goddess can be seen as a bridge between Eastern and Western spirituality!
In this Cha Xi, the dry leaves become another way of connecting my tea with the Christmas festivity!
The red tea proved to be very sweet,warm and pure, with a very old feeling. Perfect for that day! And in this tea spirit, I wish you all a wonderful Christmas!
(With a special thank you to Vladimir for this tea gift!)