VII - Putuo Fo Cha, "Buddha's Tea", Chinese Green.
Description: One of the five most celebrated teas of China, Putuo Fo Cha is a light, flowery green tea. A quiet strength arises out of these tiny, lustrous leaves, calling to mind the focused aromas of the meditation hall. The 2500 year old tradition of cultivating gourmet tea on the Putuo Island guarantees that this particular tea, grown in the gardens of the Buddhist monastery and processed only by hand, will always be of superior quality. On the island’s shore, a magnificent statue of the Bodhisattva Guan Yin stares out to sea, while the foamy air and the colors of the sky swirl around her. This tea is perfect for observing the world with a steady, loving compassion. - Taken from the menu at Dobra tea house (www.dobrateapgh.com)
Original Thoughts: It's a rare tea that is only available a few times a year. After about 4 infusions it loses its strength but can still be enjoyed for a while. The tea leaves are tender like many Chinese green teas, and if one is feeling bored or antsy, it can be fun to chew on a few, especially when trying to make a woman laugh at you on a date.
Original Poetry: Therein lies my spirit, emanating from the grass capped mountains. Another one walks or floats above me, yet I can only see colors yonder down below.
Sipped by Jonathan Wayne on February 5, 2016.
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