Sunday, February 27, 2005

Dai Nationality Bamboo Tea

bamboo tea
Bamboo tea is a Dai Nationality ethnic tea. There are two ways to make the bamboo tea. One way is to fill processed (killing out and kneading and rolling) young tea leaves (one bud and two and three leaves) into a bamboo tube, and bake it on fire. The other way is to steam sun-dried tea leaves on top of sticky rice for 15 minutes, then fill tea leaves into a bamboo tube. Bake the tube while filling and compressing leaves into it. After the tube is full, seal the tube with bamboo leaves and bake it on fire. Turn the tube every 5 minutes till the tube turns into yellowish color and the leaves inside it are dry. Cut open the tube, and the bamboo tea is done.

When drink bamboo tea, add small amount tea leaves into a bowl, brew them with boiling water for 5 minutes, and the tea is ready for drinking. Bamboo tea has yellowish green tea liquor, pleasant aroma, and refreshing taste. Dai people use bamboo tea to serve guests.

Tea Lovers at JinYuXuan Tea House