Sunday, June 14, 2020
As many countries are slowly reopening their economies in June, we will find ourselves in a slightly different environment. We are all masked up, always carrying a bottle of sanitiser and keeping a respectable distance from each other when we queue in line to do our stuff.
Many of us are emerging from a lockdown and as avid tea drinkers, we would had been brewing and drinking more tea at home. We enjoy the brewing ritual and the taste and aroma of the tea. Somehow to me, I felt it made the lockdown at home more manageable.
I was asked a few times during this lockdown how I drink my tea. There is no secret and I will share with you what I did.
Stay still, don't move.
That's it. For a couple of minutes, be still. Be stationary. Enjoy the aroma and taste. The stillness will amplify the tea session even if for a minute.
Being stationary sounds easy. There are however, many distractions in the home or office that will disrupt this deliberate stillness. Try it for a minute. Be still, don't move. The tea will taste better.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Sea Dyke brand is a very popular brand for oolong tea. They had been producing tea and had been exporting their tea worldwide. In the 70s, many Chinese immigrants that had migrated and set up new homes in South East Asia were loyal supporters of this tea. They are comforted that drinking this tea was a little reminder of their home province or village.
Sea Dyke has a showroom and outlet in Xiamen, China. Locals and tourists can gawked at the wide variety of tea for sale and buy some tea home as a souvenir. One in-house oolong sold at this shop is a Lao Chong Shui Hsien. This particular grade is only sold at this shop. A relative had given me a few packets in 2017. You will notice that this oolong had been packed in 250g aluminium foiled, self sealing bags.
This Lao Chong Shui Hsien is an 'above average' tea. Not top shelf tea but decent enough to please any oolong tea drinker. Heavy roasted and a strong aroma that will linger in the mouth for a good few minutes after a tea session. Makes about 6 good infusions with every brew. I had hoped to visit this shop this year but it looks like I have to defer my travels to Xiamen till next year.
But I digress. Many economies worldwide are slowly reopening in June. Post offices, couriers and airmail are slowly resuming 'operational' status. I hope to resume tea mail by end June. I will keep my readers informed. Stay tuned and stay safe.