Good morning, dear tea friends! It’s a bright, cold November day today as we near Thanksgiving, a time to gather with family and friends to give thanks for all of the abundance in our lives. I think it’s especially important to focus on all that’s good in our lives what with the frightening events happening in the world. I’m thankful for a hot cup of tea on a cold morning and for all of you to share it with.
In my cup this morning is a China black tea from Yunnan province, called Yunnan Rare Grade. Composed of downy, golden tips, this tea is rich and inviting.
I stepped out of the box a little bit and steeped the leaves for 6 minutes in boiling point (212F) water. I love how you can see the fine golden hairs even under water.
The twisted tips release slightly after steeping, giving off a warm aroma with just a hint of cocoa. The tea itself has a toasty aroma.
The beautiful dark-amber liquor is sooooo smooth with notes of biscuit/toast and hints of cocoa, which reveal themselves more as the tea cools. I feel this tea is inviting me to experiment with how long I can push its steep time.
I’m comfortably settling in to my new home, one unpacked box at a time, and am looking forward to creating a special area in my dining room to display my tea bowl collection.
Until our next cup of tea, I leave you with one of my favorite poems. Have a lovely Thanksgiving!
Every morning the world is created. Under the orange
sticks of the sun the heaped ashes of the night turn into leaves again.
and fasten themselves to the high branches—and the ponds appear like black cloth on which are painted islands
of summer lilies. If it is your nature to be happy you will swim away along the soft trails
for hours, your imagination alighting everywhere. And if your spirit carries within it
the thorn that is heavier than lead—if it’s all you can do to keep on trudging—
there is still somewhere deep within you a beast shouting that the earth is exactly what it wanted—
each pond with its blazing lilies is a prayer heard and answered lavishly, every morning,
whether or not you have ever dared to be happy, whether or not you have ever dared to pray.
Thank you for your soothing reviews–like a cuppa itself. When you say “steep in boiling water for” xx minutes, do you mean you are boiling the tea for that amount of time, or that you pour boiling water on the leaves and let them steep for xx minutes? Thanks.
You’re very welcome, Eddie, and thanks so much for visiting. It’s the latter – first I bring the water to a boil and then I take the water off the heat source and steep the tea leaves for x minutes. Cheers! Karen
Your descriptions of the teas and your images are always so peaceful and meditative. The addition today of Mary Oliver’s words heightened the enjoyment of reading your lovely post.
Thanks so much for your kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed!