Brew Tang Forever

Brew Tang Forever


Ingredients: cinnamon chips, gotu kola herb, suma root, rosemary leaf, sage leaf, strawberry leaf, lemon verbena leaf, stinging nettle leaf, hops flowers

Good for: The brain & body; energy & endurance

Tastes like: Cinnamon sage - brisk, robust, & aromatic

Makes you feel like: An invincible and powerful, gentle giant

Art by: Mike O’Brien

85 grams / 36 servings (1.5 tsp per 8 oz water) 

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I was the Wu-Tang kid back in high school – all my presentations in English class were centered around Wu-Tang (including an in-depth critical analysis on Wu-Tang Forever), all while wearing a Wu-Wear jacket & kicks. The passion faded throughout the years, but the knowledge has not. Not every tea blender can make a true Wu blend inspired by the clan… Here’s my take with Brew Tang Forever:

Rza - sage, since he’s the abbot of the group
Gza “The Genius” - gotu kola, a brain tonic
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – a little hops for the drunk monk
Inspectah Deck – lemon verbena, an underrated herb that’s great on posse tracks
Raekwon the Chef – rosemary, a culinary herb
U-God – suma root, a/k/a Brazilian Ginseng (in reference to his “sippin’ on ginseng” line in Triumph)
Ghostface Killah – strawberry leaf, great taste and a reference to his “strawberry kiwi” line in Apollo Kids)
Masta Killa – stinging nettle (the most Wu-Tang sounding herb), because the name alone sounds like a Masta Killa track
Finally, M.E.T.H.O.D. Man – cinnamon - the best flavor in the group and a sweet kick even mainstream fans enjoy!


Vinyl Pairing: Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep (1994)

A deep cut from the golden era of hip-hop. This 1994 classic is among the finer releases of the Wu-Tang Family. The Gravediggaz were a hip-hop supergroup with fresh production from Prince Paul and hungry, witty rhymes from Rza, Frukwan, and Poetic (R.I.P. 2001). They each formed grim alter-egos and together cranked out a killer horrorcore album. If you’re a fan of jazzy hip-hop this is one to dig out!

Further Listening: Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever (1997); Gza - Liquid Swords (1995)

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