With P & T’s new “Teaology” series, learn about tea traditions that are rooted in the history of its origins and how these traditions are being translated and applied in our contemporary lives. We begin this series by spotlighting the motherland of teas, China.
Discover Chinese tea
With more than 1000 different varieties and almost 5000 years of tea culture, it’s no wonder China is considered the heartland of tea and tea culture.
Kung Fu Tea
Taste the full potential of your tea with the Chinese brewing technique, Gongfu. The method of connoisseurs, it is a refined skill that carries with it an essence of artistry. Brew your fine tea with Gongfu and be guided through the subtleties of its story.
Gongfu (or “Kungfu” in Cantonese) is a Chinese principle that embodies the development of a skill with patience and awareness. By using a smaller brewing pot and more tea leaves than usual, the concentrated liquor reveals a story through its multiple infusions. The unfolding narrative of the tea will lead you on a journey through its spectrum of characteristics: flavors, appearances, textures, until its parting gift – the pleasant “teahigh”.
Teas to brew Gongfu
These downy white buds and silky black leaves upon first appearance is striking. The youngest buds and high quality leaves are hand-picked through a thick mist that settles under the morning moonlight and air-withered at sunrise. A unique one with a celestial touch, try this Bai Mu Dan type white tea from Yunnan with Gongfu brewing and be tantalized by its sensually smooth mouthfeel.
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Vessels to brew Gongfu
A traditional three-pieced tea brewing vessel stretching back six centuries in China. The lid, held slightly ajar is used to strain tea leaves from a fresh infusion, while the saucer helps you lift the hot cup to your lips. The entire liquid contents can also be strained into a serving pot for multiple drinkers. Offering the visual display of the infusing tea leaves and the ease of an eloquent pour, use the gaiwan as your brewing choice to be enlightened by Gongfu.