A Shu Puer Tea Ceremony with Zhuping
There’s a saying that goes: “When reading, don’t let a single word escape your attention; one word may be worth a thousand pieces of gold.” The proverb stresses the undivided attention that study requires. You may notice while you observe Zhuping performing the tea ceremony seen in this video how deliberate she is even in a task as simple as pouring the water. There is a reason for this. If you’ve had the opportunity to observe other tea ceremonies, then you may have noticed similar mannerisms and careful attention to detail. The argument can be made about tea ceremonies being a visual representation of the habitual cultivation of deep attention to detail. This is a great video for those who wish to practice the details of providing the service of giving a tea ceremony. Notice the detail involved from how Zhuping warms the yixing pot to the deliberate circling of her wrist.
Zhuping also prescribes that when one performs a tea ceremony involving puer, one ought to pour out the first steeping. This removes the tea dust that can collect with a puer cake and thus improves the flavor of the tea. It is also advised to do so for people who are sensitive to caffeine. The first steeping carries approximately 40% of the caffeine so you can safely dispense this first brew and begin enjoying your tea with the second.
We made black puer tea our focus in this video. If you would you like to try brewing your black puer tea this way, you may notice that it possesses a rich earthy smoothness. Green puer, by comparison, is more astringent and the mouthfeel will be experienced on the sides of your tongue. With black puer, there’s a slipperiness that is noted in the back of the throat. Some people even note that it “rolls”, almost in a wave-like fashion, through the rest of their mouth after feeling it in the back of their throat.