Saturday Morning Tea

Noble Madam Dry Leaf 11-09-13

Good morning, dear tea friends! On this cool, brisk fall morning, I’m watching an unfolding taking place. The unfolding of tea leaves to reveal a lovely rose pink carnation. I love surprises, especially when flowers are involved! This artful display tea is called Noble Madam. Watch and enjoy!

Noble Madam Steep 1 11-09-13

The green tea leaves are hand tied and compressed into a “pod” around the flower.

Noble Madam Steep 2 11-09-13

I’ve shared my delightful experiences with display teas here.

Noble Madam Steep 3 11-09-13

and here. As the 180F hot water soaks into the pod, the leaves open up oh so slowly…

Noble Madam Steep 4 11-09-13

Like a little sea creature gently reaching out…

Noble Madam Steep 5 11-09-13

and there is its heart.

Noble Madam Steep 6 11-09-13

A beautiful rose pink carnation. Gorgeous!

Noble Madam Steep 7 11-09-13

I’ve read that hand tied teas have been created in China for hundreds of year, however, it’s only been in the last 30 years or so that the showier teas, such as this one, have been made.

Noble Madam Wet Leaf 11-09-13

This photo shows how they bundle the leaves and tie them.

Noble Madam Teapot 11-09-13

The carnation flower lends a rose tinge to the light colored tea liquor.

Noble Madam Teabowl 11-09-13

The flavor is light and vegetal with delicate floral notes. I think this would make a lovely gift, along with a glass teapot, to show off its steeping display.

My company has just received a big shipment of glass teapots – 5 different styles – and we’ll be introducing them shortly, just in time for holiday gift giving. Glass teapots are my favorite!

Have a wonderful week and enjoy your tea!

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

~Anais Nin

3 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Judy Shea says:

    Karen.. that was fun to watch and so pretty. It reminded me of coral in the ocean. Enjoy this brisk day. I saw some snowflakes yesterday. : (

  2. I didn’t even know things like this existed! It’s beautiful!

Leave a Reply

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

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

Facebook photo

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

Connecting to %s