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Various teas have been ordered (I have no idea of the numbers, so I can only hope I have ordered enough), and there is yakgwa (making dasik, although I have more evidence for it, makes me twitchy in regards to people having allergies) in the pantry. I am good to go for the Stormhold A&S Weekend as I'm going to be.

Brick tea!

Mar. 15th, 2009 03:38 pm
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After forgetting that fabric shops in Sydney Rd are often closed on Sundays, I wandered into a Asian grocery, and looked at their teas. There was a box of Haichao Green Tea Blocks, so, I am now sitting at home, playing with brick tea. Unlike the traditional blocks where you break off a piece to make tea, these are little 1"x1"-ish square tablets of compressed tea.

So, for anyone who is interested, here are bad webcam photos:
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is when you've run out of orange pekoe, and open the box of teabags, only to discover that in the interim you have become used to reasonable-quality tea drinking.

To add insult to taste-bud injury, I have a box of gunpowder green, and a bag of pu-erh leaves, I'm not going to drink because I need it for Thursday night. There is also the Earl Grey fairtrade tea that smells like it's more bergamot than tea, which I'd been mixing with the orange pekoe so I could drink it without my sinus being cleared whether... they wanted to, or not.

Must buy matcha this week too, and try to find commercially made dasik to compare to my own soggy attempts.
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Well, it's more of a comparison, between the two major English-language texts on Korean tea drinking, but it's my journal, and you don't have to read this if you're not interested.
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So, if you can only justify buying one book, or know of a nearby library with a copy, I would recommend The Book of Korean Tea by Yoo Yang-Seok, over Brother Anthony's writings.
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Behold! Some hastily written information about tea, tea drinking, tea ceremonies, and tea cakes in Korea.
http://www.medieval-baltic.us/kortea.html

Enjoy!

(I think my official stance on tea ceremonies is that they did happen, but what they were I have been unable to find much information about. On the other hand, the modern, simple rite is just an ordered way of going about making a good cup of tea, which is a good basis for any tea making, ceremonial or otherwise... OK, I admit it: I just don't know.)
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I'm trying to put together, and reference, information about pre-17th century tea ceremonies and rites in Korea.
Not only have I discovered that words change in meaning over time, (which is a problem when you're trying to find out about the office that was attached to the Royal Palace, 다방, instead of where I can meet cute women and grope them), but that there just doesn't seem to be the information you want in English.

I am trying to figure out the "bureaucratic tea art" that was performed in the 14-15th centuries. Other than Brother Anthony's book which doesn't have references or a bibliography, I can only find a word document on the Acta Koreana server, with no real indication of where the article is from, and who wrote it.

Edit: It isn't Acta Koreana, but the Koreana webzine, which can be found on the left-hand menu at Click Korea.org.

Suk Yong-un "History and Philosophy of Korean Tea Art" Koreana (11) 4 1997

Korean Tea

Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:04 pm
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Because people were disappointed that 2009 isn't going to be the A&S year of Korean stuff, and there was a blank spot in the calendar, February will have the theme of 'tea'.

Links about Korean Tea Rituals )

Edit: I have no idea what year it is.

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