This afternoon I attended a tea party at Passion, the Chinese restaurant of Resorts World, hosted by Lynda Chang, a famous tea master from Hong Kong who had studied the art of tea in Taiwan. She had brought special teas from China to Manila, especially for drinking at the Genting Club.
|Tea Master Lynda Chang|
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PACKED WITH VITAMINS AND MINERALS
She said: "Tea is one of the best drinks in the world. If you pick the right tea, you'll get more vitamins and minerals in them than from fruits or vegetables."
This seriously got my attention. After all, I'm studiously downing vegetable and fruit juices every day for health and energy. Did it mean I could now chuck away my juicer and just drink a pot of tea?
Lyndah seemed pretty sure of her answer. She said: "Good tea has so many nutrients to maintain health."
|These were the sweets that accompanied the teas...|
THE CREAM OF THE CROP
Lyndah brought in eight different kinds of tea from China. They aren't cheap and they all seemed the same to me. So I asked her: "Which is the best out of all of these?"
She immediately pointed me to the 1980 Liu Bao Golden Herbal Tea, which costs PhP 488 per gram but that she assured me is worth every peso.
She explained: "This is the best tea you can drink. It's full of anti-oxidants, but it also has numerous minerals and enzymes. It's very good for cleansing the intestines. I never leave home without this tea, and I like to tell everyone: 'Don't leave home without your Liu Bao tea.'"
The Liu Bao tea has a similar taste to a fully-fermented Pu-erh tea, although it's sweeter and infused with a hint of betel nut flavor. After a few sips, the sweet aftertaste lingers in the mouth.
THE SECOND OPTION
Then I asked: "Which would be your next choice?" I'm the kind of person who always likes options, you see.
She immediately pointed out another box of tea called Rock Tea, or the Wu Yi Da Hong Pao, which costs PhP 388 per gram. Apparently this particular tea is full of minerals because the leaves are gathered from plants that grow near rocks, and so the leaves also get some of the minerals from the rocks.
This tea is reportedly very good for the stomach in general. It's a full-bodied tea with a sweet after-taste that you first feel in your throat, and then you feel in the back of your tongue. After drinking a few cups of this, the pleasant floral fragrance remains in the mouth for a good few minutes -- thus, making it quite a special tea for being good for the health and also very pleasant to imbibe.
VINTAGE TEA FROM THE 1950s
By the way, in case you're wondering, the most expensive tea of the lot is the 1950s Pu Erh Tea Golden Water Print, which costs PhP 788 per gram.
Lynda says that the flavors of Pu Erh tea can change dramatically over the course of aging tea, and the vintage versions (like this one) can smell of rich garden soil or an autumn leaf pile, with roasted or sweet undertones.
Of course I just had to get one of those teas for myself. And I chose the Liu Bao as it seemed perfect for a never-endingly eventful Travelife -- the kind of tea that I should never leave home without.
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