Tea used be just a practical medicinal drink. Not appreciated for its taste, but for what it could mean for your health. This changed during the Tang Dynasty, which was a pretty peaceful period in Chinese history.
Emperors didn't have to practice the 'Art of War' so much, but instead practice the 'Art of Tea'. Tea culture flourished and became an entertaining beverage also for the commoners.
It was also a time for famous poets to rise, who were inspired by the beauty of landscapes and the aroma of tea. Most Chinese, and some foreigners will know famous poets like Du Fu and Li Bai, but recently I discovered a truly beautiful poem by Yang Guanqing, while researching Liu Bao Cha. See below!
What's your favourite tea poem or tea saying? Feel free to share!