The Angel’s Share

This is a borrowed concept from the world of aging spirits, but very applicable to tea. In making tea gong-fu style the Angel’s share is the tea that is consistently poured over the yixing pot. Today I was also sharing tea with someone who couldn’t be with me in the tea space, so their share was set aside each round and then released to the pot.

Today, the last episode of this season, included a beautiful, but actually unknown to me, puer cake from 2008. It is the favorite cake of my friend Anan whose sister gave it to me when she was visiting from China. This is steeped in the pixiu hongni pot and served in Japanese blue&white ware resting on seasonal tin chataku.