Saturday Morning Tea

DongYangDongBeiDry091909

Hello friends! It’s wonderful to be back, sharing a cup of tea with you again. It seems that while I have been away in New Mexico, Fall has arrived on our doorstep and established itself here in New England.

While in Taos, I purchased a lovely lotus plate to display my tea leaves. The color reminds me of melted caramel, all ready to drizzle on a crisp red apple. Mmmm…

This morning I am sipping a cup of China green tea called Dong Yang Dong Bei.  The intact leaf sets show the fine plucking and meticulous hand crafting that takes place during its processing.

DongYangDongBeiWet091909

The tea is grown at approximately 2500 feet above sea level in Dong Yang county in Zhejiang Province in China. It is picked in the spring months of April and May right as the tea bushes are coming out of their winter dormancy.

DongYangDongBeiSteep091909

I steeped the leaf for 3 minutes in 180 degree F water. As I lifted the lid of my teapot to remove the steeping basket, a delicate, floral aroma greeted me. As you can see, the tea liquor is quite pale.

DongYangDongBeiTeapot091909

The first word that came to mind as I poured my first cup was “soft”.

DongYangDongBeiPour091909

Everything about this tea is so soft – the color, the aroma, the taste. It is the kind of tea that brings you fully into the present moment to enjoy its wonderfully delicate qualities. I detected sweet and floral in the flavor notes. As there is only a whisper of vegetal quality, this would be a perfect tea for those tea lovers who don’t especially enjoy a pronounced vegetal (green) flavor.

DongYangDongBeiTeacup091909

After being constantly on the go during my 10-day vacation and then returning to work the day after my evening return, today is a good day for resting, relaxing and enjoying a gentle cup of tea. Or two. Or three.

Stay tuned, dear friends, for tales of my Taos journey…

There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.

~Albert Einstein

Advertisements

7 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. wildstorm says:

    Taos is such a lovely place to spend the fall season. Enjoyed your post.

  2. Jason Witt says:

    This tea brings you into the present moment with its softness. Sounds like the kind of experience I’m seeking with tea. Mindfulness about what’s happening and pleasure over it. –Spirituality of Tea

  3. Snap says:

    Welcome home! Love the Einstein quote. Looking forward to your *report* from Taos!

  4. judysheart says:

    Welcome back, my friend. Beautiful plate. Can’t wait to see and hear all about your trip.

  5. Maryanne says:

    Can’t wait to hear all about your trip! I was thinking about you and wishing I was sharing it with you!!
    Maryanne

  6. Jen Holden says:

    The two-leaves-and-a-bud in your shot is no less beautiful than a nautilus or a Michelangelo sculpture. Nature is stunning.

  7. artandtea says:

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s