Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Tea Tasting

After I wrote yesterday’s post Tea Time, I started preparing for the tea tasting. But then, I thought of my own silliness – the answer to my quest is too obvious. I even thought of putting this project aside. But what would that teach Alex? I knew I had to finish what I started.

I better put my disclaimer from the start! I am not a tea guru, nor I am a tea expert, but I am a tea drinker – few times a week, at the very least - and I can tell the basic difference between tea qualities.

I don’t think that any one would doubt the results of my findings – no teabag tea taste is a match to the taste of loose-leaf tea.
Spring Mountain Water Is a Must Ingredient

But I did make another finding, an important one – it is very easy to brew a good cup of tea!

I boiled spring mountain water and poured about eight ounces over 1.5 teaspoon of my favorite English Breakfast loose leaf tea, let it sit for six minutes, and voila. (Could you imagine the taste of bagged tea if I would steep it for that long?!)

I was rewarded with the purifying rich aroma of the tea and the taste of malted flavor along with the gentle bite English Breakfast blend is known for.

So here is what I decided to do with my discoveries – always keep loose leaf tea in my pantry, and never bagged tea. Making a good cup of tea does not take more time than throwing a bag into a mug… ok, maybe just three minutes longer.

Thus, while at home, there is no reasonable excuse not to treat myself to a good cup of tea and take a moment to enjoy it. Breath aroma in, and breath all my problems out…

Simple pleasure it is.... and it is simple too…

With love always,
xo, Zuma A.

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