As the rain pours, bouncing against the windows, craving attention like an excluded guest, my thoughts turn to spring time. Soft pale skies, the teasing warmth of the sun, sufficient though to ignite our hope & imagine the heady spring flowers to come. Now is the time to experience Chrysanthemum Tea
Chrysanthemum tea is experiential. Although rather dull looking, the cup shaped brown brick of tea is a rather pretty shape. It is like watching spring unfurling in a tea cup when white petals appear as if my magic from the simple alchemy of adding of boiling water. The taste is interesting, complex yet refreshing, it is like no tea I have ever tasted.
With spring dawning, Tea With Mary Kate hope for this post is that it encourages you to be curious, to try new things, to experiment, otherwise, as Rilke’s letters to a young poet remind us, we are all in danger of fearing any new experience, indeed fated to
” know only one corner of their room, one spot near the window, one narrow strip on which they keep walking back & forth”
Finally, a note to thank a very kind friend from China who shared this amazing tea with me.