Saturday Morning Tea


Between work and visiting with my granddaughter, this past week has flown by. The almost daily rain pattern has finally left us and it’s felt more like summer these days. The air was even quite brisk this morning when I got up, a reminder that summer is winding down towards the fall. Even though August is a rich month full of color and harvest, it always makes me feel a little bit wistful.

This morning’s tea is quite the treat – a very high grade of Oolong Extra Fancy tea from Taiwan. Its leaf is very large and twisted, all processed by hand. After steeping, many of the leaves unfurl to reveal a whole, intact structure. This style is often referred to as “Champagne Oolong” and I can see why.


Using 190 degree F water, I steeped the leaves for 4 1/2 minutes. Because the leaf is so large, I used 3 generous teaspoons for my small teapot.


My oldest son gave me this beautiful leather journal. Isn’t it yummy? I love to write down my daily thoughts as I sip my tea.


My glass teapot glows like an amber jewel in the early morning light. A light floral aroma drifts up, sweetening the cool air.

As I slowly sip from my cup, I taste juicy ripe peaches, warm in the sun, and a honeyed wine note fills my senses. Mmmmm…


I invite you to read about other Oolong teas I’ve enjoyed and reviewed here.

This weekend I hope to get more granddaughter time in before they return home on Tuesday. I think that this picture from our zoo trip yesterday says it all – one joyful gramma!


“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

~Rachel Carson

6 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Jason Witt says:

    Juicy peaches and honeyed wine? Sounds like a tea I’d like. A regular Formosa Fancy would suit me fine just now. I like the picture of the dry tea leaves resting on that old world map and it is a beautiful journal. –Jason

  2. doras_explorations says:

    Karen, that photo of you with your granddaugher is wonderful !
    Although you look more like a mother than a grandmother, LOL !

  3. Judy says:

    Karen, how wonderful to spend time with Ella at the zoo. Her eyes must have been so wide with amacement

  4. artandtea says:

    Thanks Jason, I love that journal, especially since my son gave it to me!

    Thanks Dora, you are so sweet!

    It was great, Judy. She loved it!

  5. Steph W says:

    Love the map background and that photo of you and your grandaughter!

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