Today I’m taking a rare day off, and I’m hoping that this is the start of a new normal for me- actually taking my vacation days instead of hoarding them forever.

I almost decided to brew an entire pot of this morning, but then I did the conversion as to how much tea I would need (the entire 20g!) and decided just to brew a small mason jar full of this instead so that I might be able to share some of this. I couldn’t help thinking that the mason jar was such a humble vessel for such a fancy tea!

I am not a big fan of white teas, but when I first caught the aroma of this, I fell in love. It immediately reminded me of the Arya Pearl Darjeeling White from Canton Tea Co. It definitely has Darjeeling characteristics that I recognized (same floral notes), but where many black Darjeelings would strong undertones that are earthy, woody, and muscatel, this has a sweet, creamy, almost vanilla character which I love. The finish on this is wonderfully long and full of fresh florals.

I do the best I can at describing what I smell and taste, but I know my palate isn’t great. I hope to improve it soon, though with a palate training class with a local sommelier.

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Tea means so many things to me, it is so deep and it is revealing new meaning to me all the time.

Tea is a mindfulness practice, and a doorway through which to explore different philosophies, cultures, and historical times. Tea is hospitality and a way of communion. Tea is an art, a ritual, and a tradition. Tea is a complement to the foods I eat (preferably vegan desserts) and is something I enjoy collecting and curating.

I love to swap, or even just send people samples, so if there’s anything in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message!


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