Saturday Morning Tea

As we go deeper into the season of spring, the world is shedding its neutral cloak of browns and grays and blossoming into color – from palest pink to sunny yellow to bright, spring green. I love the green haze of the woods at this time of year. Lovely!

This morning’s tea, called Keemun Jade Pekoe, is a black tea from China with an unusual leaf shape for a Keemun. The long, flat leaf blades remind me more of a Lung Ching, a China green tea I’ve shared with you here.

I steeped the leaf for 4 1/2 minutes in boiling point (212 F) water.

The leaf is handcrafted from a fine plucking (2 leaves and a bud) as you can clearly see from the photo below.

The steeping tea gave off a sweet, cocoa aroma, warming my kitchen and my soul. Being a confirmed dark chocolate lover, I enjoy a China black best when it has notes of cocoa.

The dark amber liquor has the typical Burgundy notes of Keemun, rich and sweet. There are also hints of nutmeg in the very smooth cup.

Do you like my new little teacup?

I treated myself during my visit out to Michigan. I purchased it at Teavana. While I’m not really into their exotic fruit-flavored tea concoctions, I do enjoy browsing their selection of tetsubin (iron) and Yixing (unglazed clay) teapots. I also love their Buddha and Guan Yin statues. They always have such a look of serenity on their face.

Today is a day for getting back into my garden to nourish and ground my soul once again in its earthy beauty. Have a wonderful week, my dear friends!

“Let us imagine care of the soul, then, as an application of poetics to everyday life.”  ~Thomas Moore