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Welcome to August Moon Tea

August Moon Tea aims to bring the fresh air and sunshine from the tea field to our tea ceremony and create a peaceful and exquisite ambience for all of you.

Tea not only brings people closer but also helps us to reconnect with ourselves. It’s a natural elixir for our souls.

Author: XINGYI LIU

My Morning Indulgence

The sense of concentrating on a simple movement can take my mind off any thoughts. At this moment, the tea, tea wares and I are a whole.

The sense of concentrating on a simple movement can take my mind off any thoughts. At this moment, the tea, tea wares and I are a whole.

It seems to be a ‘must have’ ritual to do a tea ceremony when I just arrive at the shop every morning.

It is a special time for me to put my commuting journey aside and clear my right mind to start the day in the shop. It is the time I can prepare my smile, my heart, and my happy and positive energy. All of these come from a 20-minute tea session.

Spring is a season for those gentle and refreshing teas. Today I picked an aged raw puer tea from 2016. I love how diverse raw puer tea is. This puer tea welcomed me with a wild aroma that took me to the forest in Yunnan. It smelled tameless, yet full of floral notes. Once it was made, a honey note in the aroma immediately grabbed my heart and made me feel calm and centered. The session didn’t last long, but long enough for me to cherish every second of it.
After a few cups, I was already planning the tea for tomorrow.

Now after this post, I shall return to the raw puer tea and find peace from the teapot, the serving jug, and the teacup I use.

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What We Can Learn From A Tea Ceremony

In one’s life, there are many teachers who might even change one’s life. As tea drinkers, we have a special one which is tea. We can learn a lot from it.

 

Tea Teaches us Simplicity

The aroma made from a proper tea ceremony is quiet, soft, and moderate. It slowly travels through our body and put it at ease. It is not superficial, disappearing within seconds. The world is always on the go where one loses oneself so easily. The quality of life gradually deteriorates.

A simple lifestyle becomes a longing desire for many of us. Through a tea ceremony, we enjoy every moment of peacefulness, without too much noise. Coming from the deepest mountains in a simple colour, tea shares the wisdom of simplicity and helps us to find our souls.

 

Tea Teaches us Kindness

It is important to consider others at a tea ceremony. If you are preparing tea, your mind isn’t just on one or two people, but everyone around the tea table. You will notice who doesn’t have enough in the cup, if the tea is too warm for most people, or if everyone is comfortable. You might also notice someone might be too shy to engage in the conversation and want to help this person to blend in.

As a guest, you might want to keep your voice down so that other people can talk. You might also want to show your gratitude to the tea maker for his/her kind service. Maybe putting your phone down and focusing on the experience is also something we can do to enjoy a nicely presented tea ceremony.

 

Tea Teaches us Patience

A tea ceremony requires a lot of practice. It always involves many steps you have to go through to make an unforgettable experience, from boiling water, warming up the tea wares to making the tea, serving it. Each round deserves our attention to the very details.

When you are sitting around the table, you would learn to be respectful and patient. There is no rush to reach the teacup right after the tea is served because you could burn your fingers. You learn to wait for other people to finish their tea and start the next round.

 

Tea is a healthy lifestyle that brings people closer in a relaxing, friendly and respectful environment. With August Moon Tea, you can always learn the art of tea.

Lapsang Souchong Black Tea

Sunday Morning, Tea Is The Way To Get Up To

2020, for me, is about packing and unpacking, moving to one place to another. For the second lockdown, we came back to Lincoln again, with my tea, tea wares, and August Moon Tea.

The Journey between Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire wasn’t enjoyable. It was such a gloomy day that I thought we could never get home. Getting up the next morning seemed to be the most difficult thing to do in the entire world. So I decided not to force myself, just take a day off, and enjoy whatever came to life. Actually, it worked.

Handmade Maofeng Green Tea

The craving for tea woke me up after a day of laziness. I started to think about the steps of a tea ceremony, how I would feel sitting at the tea-table with my favourite tea wares again. So, I got up, had breakfast and set the tea table up. The sun came out just in time. It was such a beautiful way to start my Sunday morning. No rush, no tiredness, no stress!

First, I picked a handmade Maofeng green tea to wake up my taste buds who had been sleeping all the time. Some light flavour was what they needed to start working. My outside world, along with the tea seemed to welcome me back. I felt more settle than yesterday. As having this solo session, I was talking to my mother who was also having a solo session. She told me it was the Small Snow today, one of the 24 Solar Term. We are slowly entering winter time. Nothing remains the same. For the second tea, I picked a smokey Lapsang Souchong. I always love the smokiness from the pinewood and the light longan note with its unique sweetness.

Lapsang Souchong Black Tea

Sometimes we enjoy tea according to the seasons. Sometimes we purely crave a special tea because of a certain mood. There is no rule what you should have. Follow your heart. If tea is the way to get up to on a Sunday morning, why not?

Source of My Happiness Today

Jade Well, Flowing Fragrance Roasted Oolong Tea

We all learn to grow. But if we grow too quickly, we will miss out some details. Tea gives us the chance to slow down and rethink about the different things and their importance in our lives.

The sunshine in this Autumn morning opened a window in my heart. It was soft and warm. Picking a nice tea for this day isn’t too difficult to do. A roasted oolong, I would imagine, is perfect.

Jade Well, Flowing Fragrance

As the sun gently hit the surface of the tea table, the light spot and the shadow create a beautiful sonnet. I took out a pack of Jade Well, Flowing Fragrance for my morning appreciation. The water is boiling. You can see the water vapour in the air, dancing like a group of happy children. The tea is stunning as the sunshine in Autumn as the aroma slowing fills up the whole tea room.

I took a moment for a long and deep breath. The sun comes into my teacup and makes the yellow glaze glow. After a few cups of tea, I am not sure if it is the tea or the sunshine makes me a happy soul.

We all learn to grow. But if we grow too quickly, we will miss out some details. Tea gives us the chance to slow down and rethink about the different things and their importance in our lives.

What makes you happy today?


Tea: Jade Well, Flowing Fragrance Wuyi Rock Tea
Teacups: Rainbow Tea Set
For more information on them, please check below
https://www.augustmoontea.com/product/premium-roasted-oolong-tea-jade-well-flowing-fragrance/
https://www.augustmoontea.com/product/rainbow-porcelain-tea-set-8-pieces/

2011 Chenyun Aged White Tea Cake 350g

White Dew Tea Ceremony–Aged White Tea from 2011

The gentle nature of aged white tea is neutral, not too warm or too cold. It settles down the heat we accumulated during the Summer joy. It also settles down an overly exciting mind for us to be ready for the colder weather.

2020 has been an unpredictable year for all of us. Time quietly disappears in our fingers. Before we realize, it is already White Dew (白露), one of the 24 solar terms when you notice that in the morning the dews on the grass are turning to white. The gentle nature of aged white tea is neutral, not too warm or too cold. It settles down the heat we accumulated during the Summer joy. It also settles down an overly exciting mind for us to be ready for the colder weather.

2011 Chenyun Aged White Tea Cake

For this special occasion, I decided to open a new tea cake, an aged white tea cake coming from 2011. The tea cake is carefully hand-wrapped with paper and foil by our supplier. Working with them helps us to understand how precious high mountain teas are.


By the look of the cake, it falls into the Shoumei grade. Tea leaves come from a later time of the year are always full of surprises. The 9-years maturing gives the leaves a dark brown colour. You can still see some cream coloured buds. The size of the leaves is much bigger than white peony or silver needles. It almost doesn’t smell anything from the tea cake. But some hidden fruity and woody smell vaguely touches my nose. I always appreciate a less aromatic tea because they are quiet with their little stories.

2011 Chenyun Aged White Tea Cake

To brew the tea, I broke a fair amount of tea leaves without weighing it. The water was 100 °C. The first brew was light and subtle. But from the second brew, more colour, flavour and aroma came out of the tea as water completely soaked the leaves in my Jun porcelain teapot. It was a delightful experience with this aged white tea. There was an obvious woody taste with a fruity note. It has such a gentle flavour, yet a strong Chaqi to warm me up. Once the tea got colder, the taste became sweet. It was smooth and moisturizing, leaving my throat relaxed. The tea kept going. I paused to feel the honey after-taste that mingled in my mouth for a long time. After a few cups, there was a calm and restored feeling in my heart.

2011 Chenyun Aged White Tea Cake

As we always say, tea brings nature to our modern life. A cup of tea witnesses the change of time with us, like an old friend. This session might have finished. But what about the moment, the memory and the White Dew of 2020?

If you are interested in this aged white tea from 2011, we have a sample pack of 50g and a full 350g tea cake for sale. You can find more details from https://www.augustmoontea.com/product/2011-chenyun-aged-white-tea-cake-350g/.

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