Session 13: Day Drunk
Jun
22
1:00 PM13:00

Session 13: Day Drunk

Welcome To The Jade Forest!

The Jade Forest invites you to continue our tea journey together for another amazing tea session. At the table we’ve talked about tea production and brewing methods, discussed health benefits, we’ve expounded on philosophy and tradition, shared space for group meditation, and we’ve gotten to know each other and laughed with strangers. Tea brings all of these great things into focus, but tea can also get you drunk. Faded, high, wavy, giggly, or whatever you’d like to call it, tea will make you feel good. Some teas are better at it than others, some will get you “Tea Drunk”.

This session will be all about the effects of tea, specifically, getting “Tea Drunk”. For such an occasion, we’re bringing to the table a couple of aged white teas, the 2015 Tai Lao Shan "Fuding Bai Cha" and the 2009 Jade Star 2. Great for the season in that they are sweet and subtle in their profile, but because they’ve been around for a while, they will get the job done!

It is thought that tea drunkenness is a result of the combination of caffeine and other molecules in tea, particularly L-theanine. Consumed without caffeine, L-theanine induces a very calm (and often very sleepy) state. In fact, L-theanine has been studied as a clinical anxiety-reducing medical treatment. However, when combined with caffeine, L-theanine is thought to increase the production of alpha waves in the brain, inducing a meditative state without making you tired.

With the feelings of euphoria, there can be a strong sense of focus and calm. Tea drinkers may experience acceptance of the world, a feeling of contentment, and pleasing lightheadedness or sense of floating. Others list effects such as a giggling, a bouncy feeling, a feeling of emotional bliss, a contemplative or philosophical mindset, or an introspective, sensitive mood. The overall effect is often described as a very Zen feeling. As with most experiences, these effects will vary by the individual, are hard to predict, and are impacted by a number of different factors. [www.thespruceeats.com]

Tasting notes: apricots, honeydew melons, marzipan, plum wine, raisins, vegetal

Join us at the table as we go deep into session and share this medicine and the present moment.

*If you have a sensitivity to caffeine, please be considerate of your disposition.*

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2015 Tai Lao Shan "Fuding Bai Cha"

2015 Tai Lao Shan "Fuding Bai Cha"

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2009 Jade Star II

2009 Jade Star II

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Session 12: Deep Dive
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Session 12: Deep Dive

Welcome To The Jade Forest!

The Jade Forest invites you to continue our tea journey together for another amazing tea session. It’s been while since our last session so to heat the cups up again, we’re going to do something a bit different. So far, most of our sessions have showcased multiple teas, providing an expansive tasting. This is great of course, but each tea has a detailed story that is difficult to tell in the tasting format, moving from tea to tea. So this time our focus will be on one special tea, and we’ll take time to learn it and see what it has to say.

The selected tea for this session will be an aged Ju Duo Zai Dan Cong oolong tea from Yunnan Sourcing. This is a Ju Duo Zai Dan Cong (same as the Xing Ren varietal) that was harvested in Spring 2009. It's been stored, sealed, and re-roasted twice (once in 2011 and again in 2016). The aging and intermittent roasting of this tea has given it an incredibly unique character. It's fruity, with some cannabis notes and a long lasting sweet after-taste. There is no mustiness nor is the taste of recent roasting found in this tea, instead we find some silkiness and spice in a viscous envelope that dances its way through your mouth and throat. [ yunnansourcing.com ]

Tasting notes: sweet, fruity, marshmallow, woodsy, almond, cream

Join us at the table as we go deep into session and share this medicine and the present moment.

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www.yunnansourcing.com

www.yunnansourcing.com

Ju Duo Zai

Ju Duo Zai

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Session 11: The Three Orchids
Apr
20
3:00 PM15:00

Session 11: The Three Orchids

Welcome to The Jade Forest!

The Jade Forest invites you to continue our tea journey together for another amazing tea session. In celebration of Spring Rising Red Lotus recently went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and brought back a bit of inspiration for the table. The orchids there are in full bloom, so he’s bringing them to you, in the form of Dan Cong Oolong tea!

Only from the beautiful Phoenix Mountains of Guangdong, China will you find the intensely complex Dan Cong Oolong teas and its many varietals. Teas in this style are renowned for their fruity, floral, tannic and super aromatic qualities specific to Phoenix Dan Cong. You’ll find that the flavors coat the mouth and throat and transform back and forth from bitter to sweet. The aroma is extremely intoxicating and the after taste will linger on the pallet far after your cup is empty.

On the table for this session is a popular name in the Dan Cong Oolong category, Mi Lan Xiang or “ Honey Orchid Fragrance”. Rising Red Lotus has selected three Spring harvested varietals of this wonderful tea, hence, The Three Orchids. The first, “Qing Xiang Mi Lan Xiang”, this style has been lightly roasted and maintains a greener touch. The second, “Feng Huang Mi Lan Xiang”, has been roasted four times and displays a deeper flavor. The third comes from the 200 year old tea trees of Wu Dong village, “Wu Dong Mi Lan Xiang”, giving this tea a depth of minerality not found in tea harvested from younger tea trees.

Tasting notes across the selection:

Honey, citrus peel, cocoa nibs, orchid, shortbread, apricot, vegetal, pine

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Qing Xiang Mi Lan Xiang

Qing Xiang Mi Lan Xiang

Feng Huang Mi Lan Xiang

Feng Huang Mi Lan Xiang

Wudong Mi Lan Xiang

Wudong Mi Lan Xiang

Phoenix Mountains of Guangdong, China

Phoenix Mountains of Guangdong, China

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Session 8: The Three Orchids
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Session 8: The Three Orchids

Welcome to The Jade Forest!

The Jade Forest invites you to continue our tea journey together for another amazing tea session. In celebration of Spring Rising Red Lotus recently went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and brought back a bit of inspiration for the table. The orchids there are in full bloom, so he’s bringing them to you, in the form of Dan Cong Oolong tea!

Only from the beautiful Phoenix Mountains of Guangdong, China will you find the intensely complex Dan Cong Oolong teas and its many varietals. Teas in this style are renowned for their fruity, floral, tannic and super aromatic qualities specific to Phoenix Dan Cong. You’ll find that the flavors coat the mouth and throat and transform back and forth from bitter to sweet. The aroma is extremely intoxicating and the after taste will linger on the pallet far after your cup is empty.

On the table for this session is a popular name in the Dan Cong Oolong category, Mi Lan Xiang or “ Honey Orchid Fragrance”. Rising Red Lotus has selected three Spring harvested varietals of this wonderful tea, hence, The Three Orchids. The first, “Qing Xiang Mi Lan Xiang”, this style has been lightly roasted and maintains a greener touch. The second, “Feng Huang Mi Lan Xiang”, has been roasted four times and displays a deeper flavor. The third comes from the 200 year old tea trees of Wu Dong village, “Wu Dong Mi Lan Xiang”, giving this tea a depth of minerality not found in tea harvested from younger tea trees.

Tasting notes across the selection:

Honey, citrus peel, cocoa nibs, orchid, shortbread, apricot, vegetal, pine

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Qing Xiang Mi Lan Xiang

Qing Xiang Mi Lan Xiang

Feng Huang Mi Lan Xiang

Feng Huang Mi Lan Xiang

Wudong Mi Lan Xiang

Wudong Mi Lan Xiang

Phoenix Mountains of Guangdong, China

Phoenix Mountains of Guangdong, China

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Session 7: New Season Meditation
Apr
7
11:00 AM11:00

Session 7: New Season Meditation

Welcome to The Jade Forest!

The Jade Forest invites you to continue our tea journey together for another amazing tea session. Spring is here! Even if the temperature isn’t ready, the plants are, the animals are, and you should be too. The transformation of the seasons is a great time to embrace the inevitable changes in life, and choose to set your intentions on positive growth. The Jade Forest is here for that.

Join us for a Spring tea meditation session where we’ll share a moment to recenter and set our intentions for this new season. So far, our sessions have been full of conversation as we focused on the steeping processes of the tea. However, this will be a bowl tea session that will take a quieter approach, and once tea enters the bowl, we invite you to focus on your thoughts, breathe deeply, and let the tea energy wash over you.

Rising Red Lotus has selected a very special, certified organic “Alishan High Mountain GABA” Taiwanese oolong harvested in the Spring of 2015. GABA stands for Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, a chemical made in the brain, and when GABA is ingested is aids in relieving anxiety, improving mood, and reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome {WebMD}. Earth’s stress reliever.

Enjoy the wonderful taste of sweet potato, honey, baked apples, spice, and mulberry wine from this clean tea. Sip from the bowl, feel the tea soothe your whole body, catch a sun beam at the table, and set your intentions on growth.

See you soon.

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Alishan High Mountain GABA Oolong (yunnansourcing.com)

Alishan High Mountain GABA Oolong (yunnansourcing.com)

Alishan, Taiwan

Alishan, Taiwan

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Session 6: Guan Yin's Blessing
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Session 6: Guan Yin's Blessing

Welcome to The Jade Forest!

The Jade Forest invites you to continue our tea journey together for another amazing tea session. Spring is here! It’s trying to warm up, the sun is out, and the air feels a bit fresher. So, for this session were going to introduce something on the greener side of things. Can you smell the sweet scent in the air? That heavenly aroma is coming from none other than, Tie Guan Yin or “Iron Goddess Of Mercy” named after the Chinese goddess of mercy Guan Yin.

Tie Guan Yin is a very popular rolled oolong tea from Anxi a famous tea producing region near the coast in southern Fujian Province of China. Oolong tea plants are ubiquitous throughout the countryside and grow abundantly in the fertile soil. Harvesting occurs mainly in the Spring and Autumn. After picking the tea, it goes through elaborate processing involving withering, tossing, and rolling. Depending on the intention of the producer these teas can also be roasted. There are light, medium, and heavy styles of roasting and all have a market among tea lovers. {yunnansourcing.com}

In this session you’ll first experience the floral sweetness and fresh aroma of a lightly oxidized style of Tie Guan Yin. Then we’ll go deeper into a medium roasted selection of the same varietal. Lastly, we’ll use the last drops of water to steep out a heavily roasted selection that has been aging since 1986 (the year of the Tiger). This will be a very dynamic experience as aromas and flavors take your senses through the hills of Anxi.

Tasting notes across the selection:

Honey, cream, vanilla, floral, cooling sweetness, baked goods, almonds, butter, caramel, chocolate, baked apples, pipe tobacco

See you soon.

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Tie Guan Yin 2017 Harvest

Tie Guan Yin 2017 Harvest

Tie Guan Yin 2007 Harvest, medium roast

Tie Guan Yin 2007 Harvest, medium roast

Tie Guan Yin 1986 Harvest, heavy roast

Tie Guan Yin 1986 Harvest, heavy roast

Anxi, Fujian Province, China

Anxi, Fujian Province, China

Guan Yin

Guan Yin

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Session 5: Guan Yin's Blessing
Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

Session 5: Guan Yin's Blessing

Welcome to The Jade Forest!

The Jade Forest invites you to continue our tea journey together for another amazing tea session. Spring is here! It’s trying to warm up, the sun is out, and the air feels a bit fresher. So, for this session were going to introduce something on the greener side of things. Can you smell the sweet scent in the air? That heavenly aroma is coming from none other than, Tie Guan Yin or “Iron Goddess Of Mercy” named after the Chinese goddess of mercy Guan Yin.

Tie Guan Yin is a very popular rolled oolong tea from Anxi a famous tea producing region near the coast in southern Fujian Province of China. Oolong tea plants are ubiquitous throughout the countryside and grow abundantly in the fertile soil. Harvesting occurs mainly in the Spring and Autumn. After picking the tea, it goes through elaborate processing involving withering, tossing, and rolling. Depending on the intention of the producer these teas can also be roasted. There are light, medium, and heavy styles of roasting and all have a market among tea lovers. {yunnansourcing.com}

In this session you’ll first experience the floral sweetness and fresh aroma of a lightly oxidized style of Tie Guan Yin. Then we’ll go deeper into a medium roasted selection of the same varietal. Lastly, we’ll use the last drops of water to steep out a heavily roasted selection that has been aging since 1986 (the year of the Tiger). This will be a very dynamic experience as aromas and flavors take your senses through the hills of Anxi.

Tasting notes across the selection:

Honey, cream, vanilla, floral, cooling sweetness, baked goods, almonds, butter, caramel, chocolate, baked apples, pipe tobacco

See you soon.

Get your seat today!

Guan Yin

Guan Yin

Anxi, Fujian Province, China

Anxi, Fujian Province, China

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Session 4: New Season Meditation
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Session 4: New Season Meditation

Welcome to The Jade Forest!

The Jade Forest invites you to continue our tea journey together for another amazing tea session. Spring is here! Even if the temperature isn’t ready, the plants are, the animals are, and you should be too. The transformation of the seasons is a great time to embrace the inevitable changes in life, and choose to set your intentions on positive growth. The Jade Forest is here for that.

Join us for a Spring tea meditation session where we’ll share a moment to recenter and set our intentions for this new season. So far, our sessions have been full of conversation as we focused on the steeping processes of the tea. However, this will be a bowl tea session that will take a quieter approach, and once tea enters the bowl, we invite you to focus on your thoughts, breathe deeply, and let the tea energy wash over you.

Rising Red Lotus has selected a very special, certified organic “High Mountain GABA” Taiwanese oolong harvested in the Spring of 2015. GABA stands for Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, a chemical made in the brain, and when GABA is ingested is aids in relieving anxiety, improving mood, and reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome {WebMD}. Earth’s stress reliever.

Enjoy the wonderful taste of sweet potato, honey, baked apples, spice, and mulberry wine from this clean tea. Sip from the bowl, feel the tea soothe your whole body, catch a sun beam at the table, and set your intentions on growth.

See you soon.

Get your seat today!

High Mountain GABA Oolong

High Mountain GABA Oolong

Alishan, Taiwan

Alishan, Taiwan

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Session 3: Let That S@#* Go
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Session 3: Let That S@#* Go

Welcome to The Jade Forest!

The Jade Forest invites you to continue our tea journey together for another amazing tea session. It’s been a long week, ups and downs, good or bad, either way your mental cup is full and it’s time to let all of that go. Take a seat, breathe deep, talk to a stranger, and let the tea melt the week away.

To guide you into a peaceful present moment, Rising Red Lotus has chosen two teas from the the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian, China. The selection includes Shui Jin Gui “Golden Water Turtle” and Tie Luo Han “Iron Monk” two of the four famous Wuyi Rock Oolongs.

Our selected Shui Jin Gui “Golden Water Turtle” oolong was originally harvested in the Spring of 2017. This medium oxidized, charcoal roasted oolong has a long twisted dark dry leaf, and is very fragrant with a complex taste.  This tea brews up a clear liquor with a reddish hue, a creamy texture, and a naturally sweet finish that lingers in your mouth and nose. Some tasting notes are sweet potato, caramel, apricot, peach, plums, vanilla, smoke, and ginger.

Tie Luo Han “Iron Arhat/Monk” is a rare varietal of Wu Yi Mountain Rock tea. Tie Luo Han is lightly processed, so the leaves are green with some brown, and the tea brews up a bright golden tea soup. Our selection was harvested in the Spring of 2015. This is a robust, nectar-like tea with a rich and complex flavor . Some tasting notes are butterscotch, dark chocolate, charcoal, sage and cherries.

See you soon.

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Wuyi Mountains of Fujian, China

Wuyi Mountains of Fujian, China

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Opening Session:2
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Opening Session:2

The Jade Forest is now open!

You are invited to a seat at the table for the very first tea session of the year hosted by Rising Red Lotus. In celebration of the occasion, our featured tea will be the treasured Da Hong Pao, a rock oolong from the Wuyi mountains of Fujian, China .

Big Red Robe, or “Da Hong Pao”, is the holy grail of Wuyi oolongs. There are only a handful of mother trees in existence, producing scant kilograms of tea each year. Very rarely does this tea make it to the open market, but when it does, auction values can reach $900,000 per kilogram, as in 1998.

This session’s selection has been carefully sourced from tea trees that are the closest in genetic make-up to these rare mother trees. This batch was harvested in the Spring of 2016 and is of exceptional quality.

The initial brew releases the intense toffee and caramel notes from the charcoal roasting, but you may find the complex fruity notes that emerge in later infusions to be equally, if not more captivating.

After several steepings of this tea has opened your senses the session will conclude with a tasting of a 12 year aged Da Hong Pao. This tea has been masterfully roasted about three times over the course of its aging process. The result is a completely different flavor and aroma profile with complexity and a smooth finish.

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Wuyi Mountains of Fujian, China

Wuyi Mountains of Fujian, China

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Opening Session:1
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Opening Session:1

The Jade Forest is now open!

You are invited to a seat at the table for the very first tea session of the year hosted by Rising Red Lotus. In celebration of the occasion, our featured tea will be the treasured Da Hong Pao, a rock oolong from the Wuyi mountains of Fujian, China .

Big Red Robe, or “Da Hong Pao”, is the holy grail of Wuyi oolongs. There are only a handful of mother trees in existence, producing scant kilograms of tea each year. Very rarely does this tea make it to the open market, but when it does, auction values can reach $900,000 per kilogram, as in 1998.

This session’s selection has been carefully sourced from tea trees that are the closest in genetic make-up to these rare mother trees. This batch was harvested in the Spring of 2016 and is of exceptional quality.

The initial brew releases the intense toffee and caramel notes from the charcoal roasting, but you may find the complex fruity notes that emerge in later infusions to be equally, if not more captivating.

After several steepings of this tea has opened your senses the session will conclude with a tasting of a 12 year aged Da Hong Pao. This tea has been masterfully roasted about three times over the course of its aging process. The result is a completely different flavor and aroma profile with complexity and a smooth finish.

Get your seat today!

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Wuyi Mountains of Fujian, China

Wuyi Mountains of Fujian, China

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