Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tasting Tea

To drink tea is to take in the moment, absorbing everything – the sights, sounds, scents, flavors.

Tea utensils are not only visually appealing, they’re also tactile, and have varied shapes, and textures. So they are also something to be appreciated through touch.

So when you taste tea, you taste it not only with your mouth, but also with your eyes, ears, nose, and hands. Who doesn’t like to hold a cup of steaming tea on a cold day to warm the hands?

When you drink tea, do you also soak up your surroundings? The sights around you might also be very enjoyable, especially if you take the time to go out and enjoy them. I’m surrounded by nature, so it’s no problem for me to enjoy tea to the fullest extent. But nature is everywhere – so you needn’t go to far to enjoy your tea with nature. Remember, tea - the leaf is an element of nature, so it should be appreciated for its natural beauty.
Tea is serious, but at the same time, it’s easygoing. You have to be careful when boiling water, and brewing tea – to get the water to the correct temperature, to steep the tea for the proper amount of time, and to extract a delicious infusion of the leaf that is both fragrant and sweet. That’s called skill and experience. But at the same time, tea should be an enjoyable event. It is a little time-consuming to properly make tea, but the time should be taken to relax and properly brew up some tea, especially when company comes over. Enjoy tea for what it is, and make your life more enriching and fulfilling. With each cup of tea that touches my lips, I’m richer for the experience. It warms me in winter, cools me in summer. Who can live without tea?

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