The tradition of pressing black tea into various forms and shapes dates back to the early Song Dynasty, 960-1279 B.C. Sculptors and artisans would work
with tea the way others worked with clay or textiles to form delicate works of art. Unlike traditional art pieces, however, these tea creations were never meant
to be permanent, instead serving to represent the impermanence of life, love, and happiness here on earth.
These beautifully pressed Yunnan tea hearts in Antony and Cleopatra
tea serve as a testament to fractured love.
This tea is named after one of the most famous love stories of all time, that of
Marc Antony and Cleopatra. Like love itself, the tea hearts are fragile and breakable, and when the trials and
tribulations of life come to bear on it, can unravel. In the same way, boiling water
poured over the hearts causes them to undo, creating a rich, bold liquor. The cup
produced is tremendous - dark, with deep notes of wine and subtle earth, full
body and medium-long finish. Best enjoyed in the company of someone special!
One heart will brew 1-3 cups, depending on how strong you like it. An
ounce contains about a dozen hearts, which are about an inch across. Use
one heart per cup or small pot and steep about 3 minutes in freshly boiled water. Please note that while we try to make sure you get no broken hearts in your package, a few may break in transit.
Makes a nice Valentine's Day gift!
Average Customer Rating
Reviewer: firstname.lastname@example.org 12/28/2016
I really love this tea itself - the pressed cakes are a novelty. The
tea is rich and smooth, not a lighter bodied tea like an assam. The
Tea Table used to offer it as a simple loose leaf however, and that
is what I prefer - the hearts are novel, but if you're a regular tea
drinker, you find that portioning these cakes can be obnoxious.
One heart is good for a large strong cup of tea, but it's about 2.5
for my 24oz pot, which is annoying. If you're buying this for home
use and make tea by the pot, I'd suggest checking to see if this is
currently on sale here as loose tea, and if not, I'd look at a
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