SEASONALRecommendation
Oolong Tea
Wistaria recommended. A Masterpiece of Taiwan Oolong Teas.
  • High Mountain Bao Zhong Tea From the 'Thousand Mountains' and their 'incredible ambience' this amazing organic tea is a striped-Oolong brought to Taiwan long ago from the north of Fujian. For the last hundred years, Bao Zhong tea has been synonymous with Formosa. The Zhen family has farmed organic teas in Ping Lin County for decades and their expertise is clearly expressed in this rich and sweet infusion. 550
Black Tea
Wistaria selected. Made of Spring wild-grown tea leaves from Pinling, Taiwan.
  • Wild-Grown Black Tea Spring wild-grown tea leaves harvested by hand. Its aroma contains tea leaves, wood, orange, peach, floral and honey. The infusion gives a taste of softness, pure and elegance. A long-lasting aftertaste lets you feel as if you were in a mountain where is full of life. 550
Puer Tea
Selected and blended by Wistaria. 2007 Spring. Yunnan Mountainous regions.
  • Wistaria Hong Yin (Red Mark) This special reproduction of the classic 1950’s tea comes from a verdant forest of ancient tea trees in Da San, Yunnan. The gardens have been kept pristine since their birth long ago, with an ample three to five meters between each tree, so that their branches may stretch out comfortably and smile in glorious crowns beneath the sky. Among them, there are some camphor and cinnamon trees, as well as prolific undergrowth and a whole ecology of insects, plants and animals. Confucius said that “everything expands as much as its nature allows.” And giving tea trees such freedom represents the traditional wisdom of countless generations of tea farmers. This new Hong Yin cake is modeled after the flavor profile of the classic Hong Yin First Grade (jia ji). This new version was harvested in the spring of 2007. Master Chow Yu, the founder and owner of Wistaria Tea House, carefully selected and blended this tea based on decades of experience with the original. The tea liquor is fine, smooth and thick with a mellow aftertaste and a peaceful Qi that expands throughout the body, similar to Chow Yu’s classic 2004 Tai He tea. 6,500
Wistaria Exclusive Tea
Taiwan's Aged Tea. 30-year-old Aged Dong Ding.
  • Ancient Heights This tea comes from Dong Ding Mountain. It thrived, ripened and was plucked and processed more than 30 years ago. Through natural fermentation over time its character has evolved into a unique aroma and flavor. Its comfortable Cha Qi returns us to ages past. 3,300
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Wistaria Tea Culture

Heaven and Man As One, the Locus of a Centered Heart

“Ritual is the organizing principle of Heaven and Earth; Music is the harmonizing principle of Heaven and Earth.” So writes one of the five most hallowed ancient Chinese Classics, The Record of Ritual. Chinese civilization was established through agriculture, in harmony together with the greater world of nature, and the idea of “Heaven and Man as One” deeply permeated the basic strains of Chinese thought. In a tea setting, a session devoted to a “tea experience” and the delectation of tea, “Both the self and the material world are forgotten; oneself and others are at peace together.” In such a setting, “a distinctive array is set out so as to fully express the sentiment of the moment.” The tea adept spreads out a length of fabric for the setting, which would be like spreading out a length of the natural world for the people present. And within this small world where the individual and nature are undisturbed and in harmony, one seeks the sense of beauty of tea’s unadorned and genuine reality. A single leaf of tea sends forth a fragrance of the essence of sun and moon, and from a bowl of tea liquor wafts the misted vapor of rain and dew and a mountain’s soul, encircling the tea utensils, the apparel, the arranged flowers, and the tea setting’s space itself. At this moment, there is no feeling that serenity and harmony are exclusive or dear, and there is nothing that does not embody the tea adept’s taste for life and refined sense of aesthetics.

Human feelings, ritual practices, and the beauty of simplicity are three paths towards understanding tea culture.

 

Encerpt from <Life Of Tea>

Author: Sophie Lin

CEO of Wistaria Tea House