Tea is so complex — not only in the various types, tastes and aromas…but also in the way it is served. Each region, every country, and every culture often has a unique way to appreciating the drink. In China, the Gaiwan tea ceremony is a beautiful way to take tea. Dating back to the Ming Dynasty in China, the Gaiwan ritual is the preferred method of brewing and serving tea amongst many tea connoissuers.
The Gaiwan tea ceremony is something you must make time for, as each procedure and process during the ceremony is carefully carried out in such as way to promote grace, beauty, and ultimately — relaxation. There is nothing rushed about the Gaiwan ceremony. Teas that are traditionally served in the Gaiwan way include greens, whites and even some oolongs. Many of these teas can handle multiple infusions.
I have a lot of teaware, but do not own a Gaiwan cup. I would love to add one to my collection and take the time to brew up some green tea of my own in it.