Tea drinking customs - Dai and Lahu people Bamboo tea

By Emma Chang | 09 November 2018 | 0 Comments
Bamboo tube tea is a kind of drink that is unique to the Dai and Lahu people.
The Dai people lived in tropical and subtropical climates. They mainly lived in Xishuangbanna and Dehong Autonomous Prefectures in Yunnan, with a population of 836,000. They are a nation that can sing and dance.

The Lahu people are distributed in Yunnan with a population of about 300,000.
Due to the delicate raw materials, the bamboo tube fragrant tea is also known as “Girl Tea” and is produced in Menghai County of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture.
The method for making bamboo tea: one is to harvested delicate fresh tea leaves, after fixation and rolling processing, then put them into a sweet bamboo tube that grows for one year. The bamboo tea made in this way has both the mellow of tea and rich in sweet bamboo fragrance. 

The bamboo tube fragrant tea has a bamboo-like dark brown column, which has the characteristics of tender and fat buds, many white pekoe, yellow and green tea soup which is clear and bright,it has rich aroma, the aftertaste is fresh and sweet. Just take a little tea and brew with boiling water for 5 minutes, then you can drink.
When the Dai and Lahu people are working in the fields or hunting in the forest, they often bring the prepared bamboo tea. At rest, they cut a piece of sweet bamboo, sharpened the upper part, poured it into the spring water and boiled it on the fire, then put it into the bamboo tea and boil it for another 5 minutes.

Bamboo tea is resistant to storage. Wrap the prepared bamboo tea with kraft paper and store it in a dry place. The quality will not change all the year round.
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