"A cup of tea is a cup of peace."
~Soshitsu Sen XV, quoted by Kenneth S. Cohen
A cup of peace it is indeed.
Outside is cold today. Very, very cold. Brutally cold actually. Sitting here with a hot cup of tea is peace, comfort and pure delight.
Today I'm having Golden Turtle oolong tea from Mandala Tea. It comes from a sample sent to me a while ago and I thought it's time to try it out.
The tea leaves are rolled into beautiful dark green balls and smell lovely of vegetables and flowers.
My sample was 7 grams in weight and I used it all up and steeped it in 8 ounces of 85°C water for 1.5 minutes. The resulting liquid was of beautiful golden colour and had magnificent flowery aroma, just like a good oolong should.
The taste didn't disappoint either. The tea was smooth and full of body with flowery and vegetal notes. I could feel ever so slight astringency at the back of my tongue, just enough to let me know that I am in fact drinking a tea. I absolutely love that sensation.
All in all, this was a great oolong tea. Definitely something to enjoy over and over.