Tea Time If There Ever Was One
Some meditate. Others do yoga. I find tranquility in a great cup of tea.
If you’re used to sipping tea from bags that have sat on supermarket shelves for months, these will be eye and palate awakeners, as I found when I recently was sent samples to try.
If all you’re accustomed to is shriveled black tea leaves, you’ll be amazed at the appearance of these, which were just harvested in April. For instance, Bai Hao Yin Zhen from Fujian, China, are slender, pale green leaves that almost look like dried tarragon. When steeped, they create a tea with a gentle grassy taste.
Shincha Sencha from Shizuoka, Japan are dark green needle-like leaves that almost resemble finely julienned nori. Their fragrance is that of sweet apricots. This is an especially smooth tea with no harsh tannins, but with a subtle nuttiness and apricot finish.
Rohini First Flush from Darjeeling, India are moss hued, slightly crinkly leaves that smell of raisins and vintage wood. This is a tea that tastes toasty, fruity, and minerally.
The teas are available in samples ($5 to $11), and in 1.5-ounce bags ($12 to $32), price varying depending upon the variety.
Explore the world of these just-picked teas. And enjoy a most relaxing sip.