Saturday Morning Tea

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Good morning, dear tea friends! Since we last shared a cup of tea together, I’ve moved again. This is my fourth move in a little over a decade. Moving does seem to be a part of my life’s path, and I’m trying my best to embrace it. Again. That’s a story for another time, however. Today’s story is about a well-known and well-loved tea from China, a green tea called Pi Lo Chun Imperial.

The name Pi Lo Chun translates to “green snail spring”, so named because the leaf is rolled into spiral shapes resembling snail shells. I have read that they roll the leaf this way to retain its freshness.

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I steeped the leaves for 3 minutes in 180F water. The water turned murky as the silvery dust released from the tippy leaf.

As I lifted the infuser from my glass teapot, a sweet, vegetal fragrance was released.

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The leaves were loosely rolled so steeping released them into their original leaf bud shape.

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The golden yellow tea liquor has a fresh buttery mouth feel with notes of sweet melon and flowers and sea-grassy vegetal hints.

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As I sip my tea, I gaze out the window at the colorful autumn leaves swaying in the breeze and think about change. The change of seasons. The changes in one’s life. The change from a spiral shaped leaf to a delicious cup of tea.

Thanks for your patience with my sporadic tea posts as I get used to this newest change in my life. Enjoy your tea!

 

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7 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Steph W says:

    Those leaves are like a fuzzy autumn wooly worm! (That’s a compliment.)

  2. Lee says:

    Thank you again Karen. Hope you enjoy your new habitat 🙂
    Lee

  3. acrawley63 says:

    Yummy. A new green tea to try. Sounds delish.

  4. debiriley says:

    Pi Lo Chun, buttery and grassy… yum; thats the kind of tea I love !!

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