We recall the traditions of measured and thoughtful tea drinking.
For many of us, the expression “drink tea” means to put a bag in a glass and pour boiling water. In fact, the mystery of tea drinking originated in China and has been developing for more than one hundred years. Along with rice, tea is an integral part of the Chinese diet. Here it is drunk not only for satiety: it plays a big role in human relations, medicine and psychology. There are many types of tea ceremonies: “a sign of respect”, “family meeting”, “apology”, “gratitude”, “maintaining the tradition”. In order to get pleasure and benefit from tea drinking, the Chinese adhere to strict rules that involve the five elements and bring harmony — we will tell you about them today.
Rule number one.
First, the atmosphere of the room in which the event is held is important. There should be quiet music playing, or the sounds of nature. In addition, a large role is played by the master, who sets the course of the ceremony. His calm story about the traditions and types of tea should support the mood of the guests.
Rule number two.
Secondly, not the last place is occupied by ceremonial dishes. Tea leaves should be stored in tin boxes or porcelain, which will preserve their aroma and properties. The set directly for drinking includes a deep saucer, a bowl and a lid for a bowl, the design of which depends on the type of tea party and the preferences of the owner. In addition to all this, you need tongs, a tea brush and a needle that penetrates the spout of the kettle, a strainer and a towel.
Rule number three.
Third, you need to pay attention to the type of tea and water. Make sure that there are no aromatic additives in the drink that spoil the true taste. The water should be soft, odorless, preferably from a natural source.
The rest of the rules.
Once the guests and equipment are ready, you can start directly to the tea party. To do this, the master rinses the kettle with boiling water, gives the participants of the event time to smell the tea, enjoy the aroma. Then the host pours the tea and pours it with hot water, and immediately drains it — it is believed that the first water only prepares the tea leaf to reveal the aroma and taste. After brewing the tea for the second time, the master pours it into the dishes, from which the participants begin tasting.
It is almost impossible for an outsider to remember all the nuances of the tea tradition — the Chinese are trained to conduct ceremonies for several years. From the outside, this process looks very unusual, but the atmosphere of this event can not but fascinate. Once you have participated in a tea ceremony, it is no longer possible to think of tea simply as a drink, because it is a whole ritual.