Saturday Morning Tea

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Officially, today is the third day of Spring. However, when I opened my window, a frigid blast of cold air flew in. The last remnants of winter are holding on tight. It feels like the weather will never turn warmer but I know that it always does. To coax it along, I’m sending a big invitation for Spring to settle in by sipping a cup of jasmine tea. The sweet fragrance warms my heart and brings feelings and images of an overflowing armful of flowers fresh from the garden.

All beings are flowers

Blooming

In a blooming universe.

-Soen Nakagawa

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The tea leaves are plucked and processed as green tea in the springtime. Then they are stored to patiently wait for the jasmine to bloom. We are like the green tea leaves waiting for the air to warm and the flowers to bloom. Just as the jasmine flowers are about to bloom in the summertime, the flowers are picked during the day. That night the flowers will open and then be laid out with the green tea leaves which have been humidified to soften them. The leaves then absorb the scent of the flowers.

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When I opened the bag, the aroma of jasmine softly greeted me. I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes in 180 degree F water. The liquor is sweet with a subtle jasmine fragrance and flavor. It feels smooth and silky on my tongue.
Oh, welcome Springtime!
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8 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Frivolitea says:

    What a gorgeous clay cup and lovely photo of it! The tea sounds divine.

  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks Lynn! That was one of the bowls I purchased at the Kaji Aso studio when I went there for the Tea Ceremony. I’m hoping to visit the studio again this Spring.

  3. artandtea says:

    Happy Spring to you, LB! 😉

  4. Mmmm. I am so ready for spring. And now I’d also like a cup of tea 😉

  5. artandtea says:

    Spring and a cup of tea sound wonderful, Lisa!

  6. humminbird says:

    what a lovely description. I am a huge fan of jasmine tea and try several blends as often as possible. The aroma is rather intoxicating. I recommend jasmine pearls-watching the pearls bloom and smelling the release of fragrance is such a wonderful experience.

    If you can’t tell I truly love tea and recently started to document this healthy obsession in a blog http://www.myteacups.wordpress.com.

    thanks for talking about tea and giving me the urge to brew some jasmine!

  7. artandtea says:

    You’re very welcome, humminbird! Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts on jasmine tea.

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