Good Tea for Meditation?

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DukeGus said

Why don’t you try a flowery lightly oxidized lightly roasted Dan Cong?

It’s got it’s theanine content because it’s lightly oxidized
and if it’s top quality it’s like drinking concentrated flower fragrance :)
A light flower fragrance stays in your breath for quite
some time and could be helpful in your meditation!

Could you give us the pattern for meditating with tea
so maybe I could try it?

Caldorian said

I love Fenghuang Dancong, it was my first Oolong! :) Haven’t had it in a long time… Good suggestion.

Oh, there is not really a pattern.

Despite being Theravadin, I meet with a local Zen group at least twice a week; I have to drive there and, since it’s in a dojo, the place has the formal quality of a zendo. Usually, for these dates, I don’t need to drink tea because the rest of the setting is enough to make me calm and mindful.

When I’m at home, however, I usually drink a pot (or several gaiwan infusions) of tea shortly before I sit down to meditate. It’s a good way to calm down a little bit, to get in a mindful state. Afterwards I do about 15 minutes of recitations and chanting and then sit to meditate for 30-45 minutes.


DukeGus said

Sound beautiful mate!

I was thinking of something most specific because I haven’t tried any proper mediation ever in my life, and combined with tea I would really love to try something similar.

The only Dan Cong I have tried is through a friend from jkteashop, their expensive ones are pretty good but their cheap ones(especially the more roasted ones) aren’t that good.

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This is always a topic that interests me because when I first really got into Chinese tea it was because of the opportunity to drink tea and meditate and the calming, blissful sensations that were paired with it. I founded the company Cloudwalker Teas around teas that facilitate meditation. We’ve got some information on our website at

The way I get the best meditative benefits is to drink in the gong fu style, focusing on each movement of the tea preparation and drinking, and to start with a fresh oolong or green to prepare the body’s energy and the palate, followed by a good aged sheng pu erh. I’ve often blissed out for an hour or more using this methadology.

Each person is different of course, but this is what I’ve found has worked for me, and we have a number of loyal clients who drink our teas for the same reason.

Caldorian said

Thanks for the comment! :)
If I may ask: what kind of Oolong works best for you? And which type of pu’er do you prefer?

I might try your method soon: I still have a Jade Tieguanyin and an Emperor’s Pu’er in storage, but I’m unsure whether their tastes would go together well. Well, I’ll try at least… ;)

My favourite oolong is Da Yu Lin. If unavailable, then Li Shan. Both are excellent fresh, Taiwan oolongs. As for pu erh… I’m partial to our own Rainbow or Joy. Joy happens to be my favourite. At 30+ years of age, it’s smooth, mellow and incredibly intoxicating and calming. Together, a very soothing experience!

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Mark B select said

This topic fascinates me. Wonderful to read peoples thoughts on this subject. There’s a lot of reading to do here.

I try to include in my tea ratings not just taste, look and smell, but also how they make me feel. Does the tea make me feel jittery? Is it a nice balanced alert feeling? Does it stimulate at all?

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