Monday, May 20, 2013
The quiet language of tea
These 'differences' are the second, quiet language used by the tea leaves to communicate with us.
(The first, loud language are the flavors that come out pretty consistently for a certain tea and that reflect the nature of the tea, its soil, climate, production process...)
So, what does the tea want to tell us with this second language?
The quieter you are, the louder the tea will speak to you. Then it's easier to distinguish this quiet voice that tells you how well you have brewed. You might then realize that being calm and focused also helps you to make better tea: you don't make technical mistakes (like forgetting to preheat your tea vessel), you take more time to analyze what kind of pour your leaves require or what flavors you want to make come out, and your pouring gesture is smoother.
Then, sometimes, it feels a miracle: you experience the perfect cup of tea. The tea flows inside your mouth as if it were a very light and pure water. Then the delicate flavors come out wave after wave. The mouth and throat feel clean and smooth despite all the richness of these flavors. And the body feels the comfortable effects of the tea for several minutes. Good quality tea is necessary, but not sufficient to enjoy this perfection. You also need to learn the quiet language of tea!
Enjoy a quiet Pentecost Tea time!