December seventh is National Letter Writing Day. We’re not 100% positive this can be a actual vacation, however we nonetheless determined to have a good time. In honor of this (probably fictitious) day, we wrote an open letter to our favourite factor: Tea. An open letter is a letter by which the recipient can’t, or is not going to, reply. We like to assume that tea would write us again if it may, however we all know that it’s extraordinarily unlikely.
Dear Camellia Sinensis,
You don’t know us, however we all know you. We know your storied historical past of emperors and nobles, and we’re extremely flattered to be in your presence. You’ve come a good distance. From the gardens and fields of China, throughout the Middle East, via buying and selling posts, harbors, and even over huge oceans.
And right here we’re – centuries later, having fun with the identical magical liquid that was as soon as reserved for royalty. To us, you’re extra than simply “leaf water.” You’re a cup of complicated taste. How is it that one plant can produce such quite a lot of tastes and smells?
Producing you is an art form, and it’s one which we’ve come to respect and admire. You’re generally shade-grown, or mountain-grown, or sprawling like vines. Your delicate silver needle buds are picked with the utmost care. Your leaves are steam-cooked, tossed for oxidation, or uncovered to the wealthy aromas of night-blooming Jasmine. Only one of the best of your leaves are floor into Matcha after which loved in a ceremony that celebrates your class.
We deal with you with love. We boil our water to the proper temperature and steep for the right amount of time in order that your leaves will unfurl and your flavors will flourish. We hand-blend you with flowers, herbs, seeds, and fruits and you continue to taste decadent and pleasant. From Earl Grey Creme to Green Pomegranate, you soar when correctly mixed with complementary flavors.
You heat our hearts (and our bellies) and make our taste buds very joyful. So, thanks for being you.
Art of Tea