The research: “For most plant extracts, the antioxidant level is high, mainly from polyphenols and flavonoids,” says Jun Panee, PhD, a researcher at the University of Hawaii. “It’s pretty much true to all fruits, vegetables and plants.” Bamboo is no exception: some of her small animal studies show anti-tumor, anti-inflammation and anti-anxiety effects of bamboo extract. “One thing we couldn’t answer in animals or cells is the metabolism of the compound in bamboo extract in the human body,” Panee says. “There hasn’t been hard evidence showing that it definitely works in people.” But bamboo has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine for its cooling, anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s still a popular supplement in places like China and Hawaii. – Time.com (Bamboo Water is Now a Thing)
This is full story about this beautiful Bamboo Oolong tea I received from a dear tea friend on November 2016, but that I didn’t tried until first day of this new year 2017! As I said in my previous posts at Instagram, the amazing aroma of this tea allured me since the first moment. I immediately shared my excitement about the tea with my friend. That excitement grew up exponentially when she told me part of the “story” of this tea.
This Bamboo Oolong tea is made from Shan Lin Xi Oolong. The tea farmer developed this tea for his mother. He has spent many years perfecting his technique of roasting oolong inside the hollow stalks of bamboo surrounded with more cut bamboo so the tea can absorb more bamboo water. The tea is roasted inside the hollow part of the bamboo stalk ’12 times’ over a period of 4-8 weeks. This Taiwanese tea farmer has won numerous awards especially for his roasting technique. This tea should be brew at 93-95C like aged tea, for 30 seconds, adding 10 seconds to subsequent infusions. You should taste the bamboo water in the first two brews and taste of oolong will be more obvious from 3rd brew (less bamboo water taste). Since this tea is toasted ’12 times’, the tea will taste better if it is kept longer like aged tea.” -E.S.
I immediately felt this tea could have been great for Papá. As Thanksgiving break was close, I decided to wait and share it with him, even though I was really tempted to try it right away. However, for some reason or other, I couldn’t have the tea during those days with Papá as I wished. So, I decided to wait a little bit longer for Christmas season. That didn’t happened either, but this time I was determined to have that tea no matter what. First day of this year was the day! I got another tea companion. My lovely niece Leina, who is always willing to try new teas with me whenever we can get along. She was very excited about the tea! Actually, I asked her to choose the tea she wanted to try and she chose this one because of the aroma. I wish I could have taken at least one picture of her enthusiastic face…Te AMO Gaby!!! Unfortunately, our tea session was a quick one and we couldn’t share to much about it. Her family was already getting ready to return to their home. I kept it alone…for a little bit longer. That day I just wanted to have a good tea and start the year with the sweet warmth and joy that tea always brings to my soul!!!
Tea and time with it is always enjoyable, but for me it is also true that to really appreciate all aspects about “Him”, I cannot rush it…so, this was also my first tea next morning! Yes, the aroma is truly captivating, but also those leaves are so perfectly rolled and glossy. It is difficult to define the color. Depending on the light, it looks like some olive raw gems, but individually it is like deep green Brazilian blood stones . It is an absolutely gorgeous Tea! I followed my friend’s brewing recommendations and general parameters of tea per volume of water that I learned from @boychik2989 for high roasted oolongs.
That is 5g/85mL for my new kyusu. It was also my first time with this beautiful and very practical pot which was also highly recommended by my dearly benefactor friend of this tea. It is a hand crafted kyusu by traditional craftsman ‘Gisui’ from Tokoname, Japan.
She is as good as I was told …a beautiful, smooth and crispy, flavorful and sweet amber liquor flowed from her depths. I do not know the aroma and taste of bamboo water, but I assume it is the very distinctive aroma and flavor I felt and that I fell in love with instantly. I think I managed 6-7 glorious brews. Maybe more, I don’t know…when teas are so good you always lose the count at some point! What is evident and unforgettable is the lingering roasted and crispy sweet aftertaste! It endures in your palate memory inviting you to have another moment with “Him” once again!!!
I did some quick additional “research”…
Early Chinese books were written on bamboo slats and bamboo has been used as a source of medicine since ancient times…In general, bamboo is considered cooling, calming, and phlegm resolving.” – Itmonline.org (Bamboo as Medicine)
And now, I also came to the knowledge that Shan Lin Xi Oolong, from which this tea is made, is perhaps the most marvelous of all Taiwanese mountain Oolongs known as Gao Shan. They are particularly characterized by their intense freshness and captivating aroma, as for their complex and very rich mouthfeel.
These teas (High Mountain Gao Shan) yield rich, juicy, full-flavored and high-fragrance teas. Gao shan teas are hand-plucked and grow in high-elevation tea gardens (4,000 to 8,000 feet ) located in the mountains of central Taiwan. – TeaTrekker.com
On top of that, is the intense and well cared bamboo roasting technique of the farmer of this particular Bamboo Oolong!!! I don’t know if “bamboo water” is or will be the next thing in the marketing madness of new drinks, but I feel that over again, I got a true gem!!! Tea will always be a “New Thing” for me!…Thanks my dear tea friend!!! Once more the wings of my tea journey have been expanded…
This new year holds the promise of a new dawn, and adventure waiting to be fulfilled.” – The dailyword.com (January 1st, 2017)
For a bright and blessed New Year 2017 full of new tea stories and adventures…Flow!!!
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