Seize the Tea Moment!
I think we all have moments when thoughts drift passed, you think oh, that looks interesting but I’ll do it later, I’ll try that another time…and before you know it, time has passed, the moment is almost lost. I was in danger of doing just that – leaving some interesting leaf tea that my curious & enthusiastic self had purchased still sealed in its packaging but edging towards its sell by date.
Tea – One Sip on the Way to Contentment in a Cup
I remind the very same self of a promise to expand and experiment in the new found world of tea. I seized the tea moment and was determined to brew a selection of different tea’s throughout the day, the choice an echo to compliment my mood and the time of day.
Before you start you tea journey, there is one very important decision to be made – the cup from which you chose to sip your warming brew.
For my tea day, I am drawn to a beautiful vintage bone tea cup from Colclough China, with a gorgeous soft green and golden floral decoration, I do hope you approve.
Then, it is onto the day’s Tea Tasting Journey! And my dears, it goes without saying it is leaf tea…….
- For breakfast, I start with a blend from Yorkshire Gold – Strong and brisk, oh how I love its bright, robust flavour, perfect to wake up to.
- Mid morning, I reach for Tippy Assam – Malty and rich, it tastes of liquid biscuit in a cup.
- At lunch, I decide on Tieh Kwan Yin – Oolong tea is so refreshing, but bewitching and confusing to the palette, somewhere between vegetal green and black, the combination both strange and enchanting.
- Finally, I finish my tea day with an evening cup of Rose tea – Fragrant and warming, the beautiful scent of rose oil mixed with pretty rose petals is delightful as I wrap my hands around the cup.
Take Time for Tea
Once you have tasted gorgeous tea, I would argue it is hard to go back to a standard tea bag. Fresh, properly brewed tea lifts a veil onto another world that it is difficult to forget, indeed, why would you wish to? By necessity, the ceremony of taking time for tea slows you down, pausing to steep the tea, it is both familiar and calming. In that magical alchemy of hot water infusing tea leaves, between that first sip and the last, contentment in a cup drifts over you, all problems are solved.
And per chance another adventure in tea tasting is on the horizon, as I have recently discovered Rare Tea, a company founded by Tea lady Henrietta Lovell, whose heart is quality, with a sharp focus on provenance and tea ethics, sourcing from small boutique growers of high unique tea. Already, I feel another tea day coming on…..
A personal P.S – My heartfelt thanks to a very special talented friend for her creative genius with the beautiful Tea letters.