One of the memorable moments of our tea travels comes from an afternoon in the Taiwanese countryside learning about oolong tea with a tea master. While we learned a lot on that day, one of the most important lessons was that drinking tea should make you smile. And it does. Especially when we make oolong tea gong fu cha style.
Originally introduced in China during the Ming dynasty, a gaiwan is a tea brewing vessel comprised of three parts including a lid, a bowl and a saucer. Usually made of porcelain and beautifully decorated, preparing tea in a gaiwan makes it easier to appreciate the aromas and beauty of the leaves as they unfold over multiple infusions.
How to use the Aroma & Tasting Cup Set
- Pour the tea into the aroma cup. Place the tasting cup upside down on top of the aroma cup.
- Hold the cups together and quickly turn them over. This will mean that the aroma cup is upside down on top of the tasting cup.
- Lift the aroma cup, leaving the tea liquor in the tasting cup.
- Hold the aroma cup close to your nose, and smell the beautiful aroma of the tea.
- Once you have awakened your olfactory senses to the fragrance of the tea, sip and enjoy the tea.