Not quite understanding Lia’s explanation of the purity of tea after my first gorgeous experience of a Flowering Tea Ball, we move on to Bai Mu Tan, a traditional Chinese White Tea – and an “ah-ha” moment to note resounds upon a single sipping of this tea. Created from the younger leaves and with little fermentation – this tea is wholly soothing and often used to aid in a healing process. To my naive tongue it is like liquid motherly love and I am instantly soothed finding myself deciding to forget the notes and simply immerse myself in the experience, which brings us to Genmaicha, a Japanese Green Tea…
Amazed that upon pouring the tea into the little porcelain tasting cup it is instantly at drinking temperature, Lisa explains that white and green teas are meant to be infused at no more than 85˚C so as not to burn the leaves. This makes so much sense as my first sip of this tea completely expels every other green tea experience I have had. Instead of the insipid bitterness of the green tea I am used to, this tastes of rice and of the clean air of Sapa – a tiny little Vietnamese village on the Northern border of China…my favourite place on earth (so far!).
“You wouldn’t wash your lettuce in hot water would you?” asks Lisa, and I smile – it’s so simple and yet brilliantly lends some insight into the “art of tea”. Have us Westerners become used to bitterness in tea because we burn it and thus deprive ourselves of its sweetness?
Eat.Art has thoughtfully crafted a gift that is truly a celebration of tea…their Art of Tea. “This gift box has a select variety of exotic loose leaf teas to suit every mood, housed in glass tubes and presented in a slide box. This is the ultimate gift for the tea lover, with the opportunity to sample 12 different teas from around the world. It includes the following teas: Kenya Malaika, Darjeeling, Genmaicha, Jade Mountain, Snow Buds, Jasmine Pearls, Earl Grey, Sakura, Chai, Sweet Dreams, Rooibos Vanilla and Forest Berries.”
Only slightly exhausted mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner of Magpie Creative. Having worked with the eat-art team before, she is thrilled, and slightly bewildered to have been asked to (take time out from juggling and) add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.