This exquisite Oolong tea, Pure Heart Orchid, is handcrafted by Wuyishan’s eminent Oolong tea grandmaster Old Daddy who appeared in the film.
One & Only Exclusive Gift Pack. 128 grams. 16 pouches x 8 grams per pouch.
About Artisanal Supreme Oolong – Pure Heart Orchid
A spirited Oolong tea. Heritage Oolong tea-masters handcraft ultra-refined Pure Heart Orchid or “Su Xin Lan” (in Chinese) in Wuyishan, where Oolong tea originated.
Meet Old Daddy & Son – Heritage Oolong Tea-Masters
Old Daddy is the 11th generation Oolong heritage tea-master in Wuyishan, Fujian of China. Old Daddy runs the family tea business with his sons. The Huang family has a long-standing tradition of making exquisite Oolong teas for over 300 years. They have built a well-curated tea museum, filled with hundreds of ancient relics of teacups, teapots, and teaware relics. What makes this tea dynasty family extraordinary is their dedication to the craft and attention to details, such as building a temperature-controlled vault to store prized teas for an elite clientele. I was fortunate to film this tea-vault, similar to a cave vault for wine storage in Bordeaux and Burgundy, France. It was an eye-opener to experience such astounding tea reverence—and tea linage–12 generations and counting. Yes, you can say tea runs in the Huang’s blood!
The Art of Traditional Tea-Making
Tea-making takes a ton of hard work. Laborious, physical work, step-by-step, all interconnected, sequentially.
“Making good tea is a discipline for the tea leaves as well as for the tea-maker,” my inspiration for this line comes as I watched Old Daddy and son stir-frying tea, side by side, next to a huge wok heated at 420 degrees. This is what I call the Tea Spirit!
I’ll never forget this wonderful line from Old Daddy: “Tea-making is a life-long journey. The art of tea is limitless.”
Isn’t it so true that in life, the more we know, the more we don’t know? This is why I love tea. Tea is a philosophy. A way of life. The Dao of Tea. Or Chado.
As Bruce Richardson, an American tea historian who also appears in the film, so eloquently puts it: “Tea makes us feel more human.”
About Old Daddy & Sons Supreme Oolong Teas
I was blessed with the opportunity of tasting Old Daddy’s teas during the filming in Wuyishan. What a joy to taste the father and sons’ Oolong teas. It comes from the heart.
This exquisite Supreme Handcrafted Oolong Pure Heart Orchid Gift Set is perfect for the tea connoisseur seeking to experience harmony with nature through tea tasting.
Old Daddy and sons produce Oolong teas exclusively. With a prestigious brand name, Rui Chuan’s teas are hard to come by even domestically. The high demand for supreme Oolong teas in China alone makes Rui Chuan teas nearly beyond reach for most tea drinkers in the country, let alone outside China. The Huang family offered me three Limited Editions of their Supreme Oolong teas to commemorate 9 DRAGONS TEA filming. And I’d love to share them with you. You will find them in the store:
- Da Hong Pao
- Pure Heart Orchid
- Kun Jian Rui Quay – Cinnamon Oolong*
Oolong tea’s health benefits are well-known among Chinese people, such as cutting grease to help weight loss. Of all of the six types of tea, Oolong tea is the most intricate and complex to make, with a long production cycle. By comparison, tea-makers make Green teas in a day, for instance.
It’s no wonder the handcrafted Oolong technique invented in Wuyishan earned the top honor as the only tea-making technique on China’s Cultural Heritage List in 2006. It’s worth noting that Oolong tea is synonymous with Wuyi Rock Tea.
Why Wuyi Tea Is Supreme
Did you know that there are over 800 varietals in the Wuyi Mountains? The over-abundance of tea varietals makes Wuyishan the “heart of tea,” in my opinion.
Have you ever heard of the famous poem of 7-Cup by Lu Tong in the Tang Dynasty (about two thousand years ago)? Legend said that Lu Tong tasted Wuyi tea. Impressed by its signature rock terroir, the Tang poet coined the famous term “Rock’s milk,” immortalizing Wuyi tea.
The greatest plant-hunter, tea raider ever lived, Robert Fortune called Wuyishan the “land of tea,” where he smuggled the finest tea-seeds, tea-plants, and tea-making secrets from Wuyishan to India. Fortune’s tea-raid in China makes a great final chapter in the film. Learn more about how tea came to India.
Only one gift box available. Total 128 grams. 16 pouches x 8 grams per pouch.
Chinese tea connoisseurs taste tea with 8 grams per brew.
Have you heard of Gong Fu Cha? Or Kung Fu Tea, Kung Fu Cha? The Buddhist monks who invented Oolong tea created this taste ritual for the tea. This Zen Tea Ceremony is still in practice today. We enjoyed capturing this ancient tea ritual in Wuyishan filming, and my stress level dissipated as I watched the monks methodically brew the tea.
Wuyi Rock Tea or Wuyi Oolong is famous for its long-lasting brew. Usually, the third brew is the best. Wuyi Rock Tea is so durable in a tasting, for me, up to 9 or 10 steeps.
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Every dollar generated from our store helps us promote the film 9 DRAGONS TEA and our Learn Tea History School Project. So thank you in advance for your support. As a token of our appreciation, you will also receive the following complimentary gifts:
- One signed 9 DRAGONS TEA CLUB Certificate from the director as a club charter member.
- One private screening (in-home), followed by a tea talk and Q&A session with the film’s director via Zoom.
- One signed official movie poster by the director.
Thank you for your support! Happy sipping.
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