Good morning, dear tea friends! I steeped a special tea in my glass teapot this morning. Hint: it was harvested in China before April 5th and its name references a small creature that lives in a shell.
The photo above is what the leaves look like after steeping.
Here’s a before steeping shot.
If you guessed Pre-Chingming Pi Lo Chun, you are correct!
I’ve read that creating the distinctive curly shape of Pi Lo Chun leaf requires five hand motions, a combination of a gentle twist and roll that’s repeated three times. This is done while the leaves are fired in short, round metal cylinders, heated from below. The goal of the “tea firer” is to fix the leaf in its unique curly shape during firing in such a way that this shape will relax during steeping and the leaf will return to its original shape after steeping. In looking at the two photos above, you can see that goal was definitely accomplished. You can see the leaves relaxing during steeping here.
The pale gold infusion has a delicate yet complex aroma, vegetal and buttery with a faint toasty hint.
The cup is silky smooth, sweet and refined. The sweetness is reminiscent of fruit and there’s a nutty suggestion that comes out and lingers in the finish. Mmmm…
This is a great choice for a fresh, elegant green tea that’s not very vegetal.
I took a walk downtown this morning. The air was fresh and cool and the sun was shining. Then I returned home and made myself a pot of tea. Focusing on these small acts helped me to relax in the moment and let go of a very busy, very challenging week.
Until next time, enjoy your tea!
“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire