Cultural Revolution Sheng


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Cultural Revolution Sheng

Postby needaTEAcher » Nov 29th, '11, 02:31

This weekend I had the honor of trying the most amazing tea I have seen. It was a gift from my local pu guy, who is becoming a very good friend and a teacher. He told me it is from the early '70s, maybe '72 or '73, and it is a sheng.

He steeped it in a pot that is a type of zinni that I didn't recognize, and it 20 years old.

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The leaves were loose and gorgeous. Light brown, very shiny. Sorry for the low quality photos here.

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Then the pour

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Once he steeped it, and poured it for us, we just sat, mesmerized, by the eun mu, or the "cloud and fog". I just wrote another post about it. Someone came up and Mr. Moon, the teashop owner stepped away. After he returned he asked us how we liked it. We had not tried it yet, but rather had just sat and stared at the beautiful, shifting, glowing patterns. I have never before seen an eun mu that formed such perfect spirals, both small and large, just to fracture and shift into other patterns.

Then we drank it. I usually like the third or fourth steep best, but this was different. The first was my favorite, though the 8th (and last) was still amazing. It tasted very strong, with a full body that I wanted to chew, but without the slightest hint of bitterness. My first thought was that it tasted like an ancient, deep-rooted tree. Then I started to think of medicinal herbs, and even just good clean earth. I became suddenly aware of my teeth, though in a good way (hard to explain). I kept wanting to chew it. The more I drank, the more my mind kept slipping to the place, deep down, where the bottom-most roots meet the dirt. I felt lightweight, and I felt tight deep in my core, though loose in all my extremities. I felt indescribably happy and calm, like everything would be OK no matter what happened. It was fantastic.

I will post the carnage, bright and glossy, in just a moment.

All in all, this was a fantastic experience. Also, by the way, the teapot is selling for $1,500, and the tea goes for $400/100 grams. Waaaaaaay out of my price range. This was a really special thing for me, and I hope you all enjoy hearing about it!
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Re: Cultural Revolution Sheng

Postby needaTEAcher » Nov 29th, '11, 02:32

The beautiful, shiny carnage:
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Re: Cultural Revolution Sheng

Postby needaTEAcher » Nov 29th, '11, 02:56

Finally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYdwvw8yr_w

This is the 3rd steep. And on my other post, Shah82 was kind enough to post this informative blog entry on Eun Mu, also known as "Feet of the Cloud". Thanks!

http://listeningtoleaves.blogspot.com/2 ... cloud.html
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Re: Cultural Revolution Sheng

Postby Firemoss » Nov 29th, '11, 04:34

:shock: I need a bit to gather my thoughts...but...wow. :mrgreen:
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Re: Cultural Revolution Sheng

Postby Drax » Nov 29th, '11, 08:27

Sounds like an awesome experience, thanks for sharing...!
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Re: Cultural Revolution Sheng

Postby BioHorn » Nov 29th, '11, 14:08

I enjoyed reading your story. Thank you for posting.
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Re: Cultural Revolution Sheng

Postby G-off-re » Nov 29th, '11, 22:28

Sounds much better than the review someone posted on a venders site about a fake version of that brick. :lol:
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Re: Cultural Revolution Sheng

Postby hop_goblin » Nov 29th, '11, 23:28

Thanks for sharing. Do you happen to know who is the maker of the pot?
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Re: Cultural Revolution Sheng

Postby needaTEAcher » Nov 30th, '11, 01:27

I don't know who made it, but the company is GU Ceramics (www.guceramics.com). I really like them. I don't think they have any stores in the US (yet), though I would love to one day open up the first!

I will take a picture of the bottom chop and post it, as well as ask the owner if he knows who made it.
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Re: Cultural Revolution Sheng

Postby IPT » Nov 30th, '11, 07:47

That sounds like a wonderful tea session. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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