When anyone gives you a gift, either by delivery or in person, it touches your soul in a way that can never get old. It’s a wonder why we don’t give gifts to each other more often. But if we did that, would it lose its shine and not feel as special? I don’t know. Gifts of all kinds, whether or not it’s a physical item, never gets tiring. A simple gesture, a message, a thank you is usually all we need. But in this instance, this was above and beyond.
I want to thank a dear friend of mine for sending me two of the most wonderful teas I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking. And it wasn’t just about the tea itself, but it was everything behind it, the meaning, the feeling, and the reasoning. I’m so blessed.
My pal went to Japan recently and post some photos and videos periodically during his visit. But what stood out to me the most was his visit to a tea house and he got to see the how Japanese Green Tea is created, brewed, steeped, appreciated, and all those other good things.
To say I was envious is an understatement. But more so, I was happy for him, and happy he got to be a part of something that not many of us can say we will ever partake in, let alone go to a country not all of us will ever get a chance to visit. That sounded more dramatic than I intended to be. But it’s ok to live vicariously through someone. It gives us hope and a reason to experience something, to travel somewhere unique, but most importantly learn to be still, be at peace, and be one with the universe.
I have no website or links to share with you. I did a little research to see if I could find these two bags anywhere. I looked up images, certain sites, and a few other places with no luck. Maybe I didn’t try so hard, or maybe it’s not meant to be for now. I don’t need to know exactly where this tea came from other than it came from a beautiful place with a spirit so big. If I’m meant to find it, it may just find me. That could mean a trip to Japan itself or something else. I’ve always had a love for Japanese culture. I’ve always had a love for any culture and all the fun traditions that are involved, which of course includes the food, the drink, the customs, and the tea.
So more about this tea…
The green tea was incredible. I had to break out the fancy teapot for this one. And the instructions, which do come in English at the bottom, specifically state don’t brew with the bag too long. And trust me on this, it’s advice to follow. I let it steep just long enough in the teapot, and poured me a cup of something so beautiful in so many ways, I don’t know what to say. That tint of green, the smell, and the taste are what tea is all about. I can’t compare it to other green teas nor should I. This was amazing by itself and there isn’t a place for how this fares against other teas. It’s a tea all it’s own and what a special one at that. It makes me so happy. Yes just like the title says.
I imagine if I were at a Japanese tea house, or in Japan, or with a wonderful set of people, this experience would be magnified and heightened beyond belief. But I settle for my own peace and my own tranquility, and it tasted amazing all the same.
Even more interesting was the Roasted Green Tea, also known as Hōjicha. If you’re looking for a fall themed tea, this might be it. I had a sense when steeping this would be more brownish and even more powerful than the green. I was right on both counts. And roasted is the perfect word for it. If you’re thinking chestnuts roasting…. Too soon for that, but it’s along those lines because I sensed there’s more than just the tea. There’s something else going on here, either nuts or something toasty. This is one of the most comforting teas I’ve ever had.
Once again, steep it briefly, because otherwise this is going to hit you. I actually tried both the teas again with the bag steeping, and yes, these teas are so potent (in the most complimentary way possible) that the bags should be saved for later brewing. Trust me, I got a few more cups out of this, that it’s well worth holding onto.
I can’t say which one I loved more. I loved them for different reasons. But I think I loved them the most because they came from a dear friend, who knows much I love the tea and the culture. I’m quite flattered, blessed, and fortunate. And I’m so appreciative.
Sweet treats persist in both pictures but truthfully no treats are necessary. But as we’re in pumpkin season, a pumpkin related snack will never hurt. But teas like this, to me, are best savored alone.
And I was also gifted with a new friend who joined me for this tea party. I honored my friend with a belated National Cat Day celebration, and you see my cat drinking mug return for an encore appearance.
This was beautiful. I don’t know what else to tell you. I wish I could go on forever, but I’m so grateful for this experience. Either I’m so sentimental that the aftertaste has resurfaced in my mouth or my mind is telling me I need more of this tea.
Yes I need more of this tea.
More autumn celebration teas are coming. But this is to be celebrated.