I like the above quote about tea. It truly is a form of art to make a great cup of tea. In my last post about tea I talked about letting the boiled water cool down to 80°C when preparing a cup of green tea, so you don’t burn the fragile green leaves. But you also have to consider the amount of tea you use per cup and how long you let it steep. One of my pet peeves is when people dunk their teabag in their cup for half a minute at call that a cup of tea. You have to give the leaves time to release their taste and, apparently, their cancer fighting antioxidants.
The last batch of tea I ordered from de Theefabriek was gone in no time. I clearly underestimated my ability to drink large amounts of tea. My favorite of the batch, the elven tea, was gone first and I’ve thought about it every day since. It was exactly what I craved after breakfast and in the afternoon. So, this time I decided to order the 400 grams package. It’s an astounding amount of tea, but I think I’ll manage to drink it all before we move to Canada.
Besides some favorites, I also ordered Kukicha tea, which is a Japanese blend made of stems, stalks, and twigs; parts of the tea plant that are excluded from most other teas. I’d never drank it before and was intrigued by it’s look and description. It has a nutty, woody and slightly sweet flavor. I love it.
This is white tea with roses. The tea leaves are large and there are lots of small roses. I love tea that actually looks like it came from a plant, where you can see the different leaves. The addition of these roses makes it even more beautiful and flavorful. This blend is called silence and it does cause me to pause and be silent for a moment. You should try it.