Holiday season is coming again. Or perhaps you are about to get married or give birth or even to celebrate a 60th birthday, whatever the occasion, if you want to do something auspicious and hands on, then try Tea Sealing.
Tea Sealing is a traditional Chinese way of sealing away good wishes and marking an important event. Of course, we also do that with wine. Think of Tea Sealing as the ancient equivalent of a commemorative plague.
Tea sealing is super easy, the idea is to write down your wish for the other person (recipient of the gift) on a piece of paper, sign with your signature or fingerprints, rolled it up, put in a glass or ceramic jar, and fill the jar up with tea. Don't forget to date your wish too! You can make the container as fancy or as simple as you like.
This is an old Chinese way of making a mini time capsule. It is your best wishes with all of the good feelings and "luck" sealed up in a jar with tea. This is in line with the idea of making a Treasured Vase for good Feng Shui.
What wishes? What should you write? Anything you want to wish for the person you are gifting the present to. Or you can also be doing this for yourself. Write down your wish for yourself, sort of like a birthday wish, except you don't get to open and drink the tea until 20 or 30 or even 40 years later. A truly positive and unselfish thought is said to bring good luck back to the wisher ten folds. Serious good karma.
Wishes written, and put into the jar - Check.
Dry tea leaves poured into your jar - Check. Now let's seal it with a cap and a piece of red cloth or paper for some color. Why red? Chinese think of red as an especially auspicious color. But of course, you can use any colors you want. Tie down the red cloth with any strings or twines or yarn, and there you go. Done. That would have taken you no time at all. You can, of course, make a nice little label to attach to the outside of the jar noting the dates.
Be as fancy as you like with the type of jars you choose or the type of tea you choose.
But remember, you need to choose a tea that will age well. This means: STAY AWAY from herbals, fruits, and anything with artificial or natural flavorings, oils...etc. You don't want to open up the jars 30 years later to a lump of disgusting mold.
We suggest any tea that is semi-fermented and more heavily roasted. This means, stay away from the light Ali Shan, Forever Springs, Milk Oolongs, Shan Lin Xi, Jasmine...you get what I mean.
You can always choose a black tea, but since it is already fully fermented, storing it for longer won't age or improve the taste. If you want to age the tea like a fine wine, choose a medium to heavy roast oolong,like Charcoal Roasted, Dung Ting Traditional, any Dancong, any heavy roast Tie Kuan Yin, or choose "loose" raw Pu Erh.
And leave the rest up to time! Have fun!