Today’s one of those creepy weird days where last night, I totally had in my mind something like 3-5 different things I wanted to get done if I was feeling awesome in the morning. Today I woke up and had a lot of energy, but it was more like an anxious before-the-storm energy, and just wanted to do EVERYTHING – AT THE SAME TIME. NOW. RIGHT NOW. Lots of enthusiastic energy and lack of focus is terrible. You get 10 things partially done and then crash, so nothing actually gets done. You are awful, adrenal system! This isn’t helping at all. Jerk.
Fortunately, I recognized the situation after about 15 minutes of running around like a headless chicken, and realized the most logical course of action was to stop everything and drink tea. Aside from the focusing and leveling powers of tea, I’ve found that this little bit of guiding wisdom is helpful and applicable in many, many situations:
When in doubt, drink tea.
So I did. And I finished a tea review to boot. WINNING!
Dry: Vegetal and a bit floral. Beautiful, vivid, emerald green leaves.
Brewing: Wabi Sabi Teapot, 1 packet (presumably 2-3tsp) per 8oz water, 212*F, 1m10s
Aroma: Buttery, vegetal, slightly floral.
Flavor: Sweet, floral and vegetal. Not as buttery, creamy-dreamy as I was expecting, though I only steeped it for 1m10s. It’s very springy – like an early spring. Light. Delicate. Not a torrential downpour spring. You know, a nice early spring.
Second steep is at 3 minutes. Pretty rad. Much more floral now. More body, while still remaining delicate. This is a really nice tea for spring or summer, and warmer days in general. I’m drinking it hot but it’s still refreshing.
What: Tie Guan Yin “Iron Goddess” Oolong Tea by Teavivre
Cost: $10.50/3.5oz ($3.00/oz)
Cost per Cup:
Tea Score: 80 – A very nice TGY.
Cupboard Score: 76 – The price is right and this one steeps a long time. It’s a pleasant TGY and I could see drinking this on a regular basis in the warmer months. Or even in the colder, crappier months when I want to pretend that it’s the warmer months.