Happy New Year! I hope that you all enjoyed the holiday season. And now here we find ourselves in January of a brand new year.
A time of new beginnings…
As I gaze out my window at an iced world of white, it inspired me to reach for a delicate leaf to steep in my cup this morning, a China white called White Point Reserve.
Composed entirely of unopened leaf buds, this tea is soft and sweet.
I steeped the buds in 180 degree F water for 3 minutes.
The buds remain unopened in their pristine state even after steeping. White tea is the least processed of all teas, plucked, dried, gently heated to halt oxidation and there you go.
The tea liquor is a pale ecru color and allows my teapot to reflect the winter wonderland outside. A lightly sweet aroma drifts from my cup and the flavor is also sweet with nutty notes. It always amazes me how white tea usually doesn’t have a hint of the vegetal quality of green tea.
I chose my “iced” tea bowl to enjoy my tea in. Notice a color theme (or lack thereof) going on here?
This type of weather at this time of year always induces a quiet, reflective state of mind for me. I just want to sit and do nothing else but sip my tea and gaze out my window…
“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson