“The last few months have been a tiring time for me, and the financial crisis hasn’t helped matters. However – as one of my sensei’s tea scrolls says, Nishi nishi kore koujitsu: every day is a good day (which I think is an exhortation to practice equanimity). We may prefer nice experiences over not-so-nice ones, but when it comes right down to it, life is precious and we are lucky to be breathing!”
Last night, as I enjoyed a hot steaming cup of Tropical Tea Company’s House Blend, I reflected once again on the above statement and reminded myself of the importance of taking one day at a time. Recognizing that each breath is precious and how important it is to be thankful to God for my blessings both great and small – from an extravagant Valentine’s Day weekend with my husband to a soothing cup of tea. Nishi nishi kore koujitsu…
Composition: White tea hand blended with coconut, pineapple, safflowers, and cornflowers.
Dry Visual: A blended tea comprised of leaves, buds (resembles silverneedle), and stems. Interspersed within the leaves are colorful pieces of blue cornflowers, creamy coconut, and orange safflowers. Many thanks to Tropical Tea Company for the picture.
Dry Aroma: Scrumptious! Tropical Tea Company House Blend smells divine – like a fruity, tropical island drink. No pun intended! The coconut and pineapple aroma permeate the blend.
Flavor: Tropical Tea Company House Blend is delicious! Immediately, the aroma tickled my senses and I eagerly anticipated my first sip. I was pleasantly surprised by the creaminess of the tea – it was full-bodied and thick in the mouth. The white tea was mild, but presented itself well in the blend. Especially in light of the fact that the other flavors – pineapple and coconut have a dominating presence. Overall the blend is exceptional.
Initially, I enjoyed a cup of Tropical Tea Company House Blend without a sweetener as it is naturally sweet. About halfway through the cup, I added about 1/4 teaspoon of organic sugar. The addition of the sugar changed the flavor, but did not significantly enhance the blend. I have decided that my next cup will be enjoyed pure – but if I decided to add a sweetener, 1/4 teaspoon in a full cup would be sufficient.
Liquor: A surprisingly yellow hue.
Brewing Time: The actual steeping time was not provided, so I relied upon prior white tea steeping recommendations for an average time of 4 - 6 minutes at pre-boil. Initially, I steeped Tropical Tea Company House Blend for 4 minutes, tasted and steeped for an additional minute for a total of 5 minutes.
Manufacturer: Tropical Tea Company
What is a Safflower?
Safflower (Carthamus tinctoriusL.) is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual, usually with many long sharp spines on the leaves. Plants are 30 to 150 cm tall with globular flower heads (capitula) and commonly, brilliant yellow, orange or red flowers which bloom in July. While it has many uses, from cooking to oil to dyes, safflower is also used as a tea ingredient, with Tsheringma being one of the more common herbal teas made from the plant.
If you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Tropical Tea Company House Blend stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!
References: Safflower. (2009, February 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:47, February 16, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Safflower&oldid=270154522