900 Year old tea

One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.


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900 Year old tea

by TomVerlain » Aug 7th, '12, 20:25

I'd drink it - though probably the polyphenols are a bit too diminished for some.

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In the 1600s, Europeans exploring the American southeast wrote of a purification ritual practiced by the native people, involving dancing, vomiting, and large amounts of what the travelers called black drink. Served from shell cups, the highly caffeinated tea was brewed from the shrub Ilex vomitoria, a species of holly. In a new study, researchers have found the first direct evidence of black drink — not in shells from Florida or Mississippi, but in ceramic beakers at the ancient city of Cahokia outside what’s now St. Louis, Missouri. The finding hints at a trade network that flourished centuries before Christopher Columbus landed in the New World, in which caffeinated drinks had Starbucks-like importance and possibly religious significance.

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Re: 900 Year old tea

by beecrofter » Aug 8th, '12, 15:36

In some cultures which consumed psychoactive mushrooms it's effects were shared by drinking the urine of the Shaman who consumed them as the active principal passed through unchanged.

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Re: 900 Year old tea

by needaTEAcher » Aug 8th, '12, 19:30

beecrofter wrote:In some cultures which consumed psychoactive mushrooms it's effects were shared by drinking the urine of the Shaman who consumed them as the active principal passed through unchanged.
I'd NOT drink that. 8)

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Re: 900 Year old tea

by TomVerlain » Aug 8th, '12, 19:41

At least it's warm :? :roll: :shock: :!: :!:

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Re: 900 Year old tea

by tenuki » Aug 8th, '12, 20:21

The wiki entry on that plant is very interesting. Time to fire up the marketing machine and get 'the Native American Mate' back into popularity!!

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