We are a ritualistic people…

I’ve finally fallen into a bit of a tea rhythm…in process and spread…

Method and order – tea measured. Water heated and poured. My little phone timer set just right for periodic agitations…

My novice tea ceremony…

Cupping Harney & Son’s Queen Catherine

Hello Queen Catherine – it’s been awhile…having been dwelling in the world of strict Yunnan blacks, I find myself appreciating your certain briskness – Queenly Cold Shoulder – and throughly appreciate it…your Keemun-y stone-fruitiness is making me think of plums (and lingonberries) in anticipation of the Christmas season.

I dub you Queen Christmas Catherine…

Today’s Brew: Simpson & Vail’s Assam – Beesakopie Estate

Brisk and citrus – sharp and astringent – without the milk, of course. But upon adding a nice dollop of milk, it seemed as if the milk fats and sugars coaxed out all the malty-goodness that was hiding in this tea. Warm cocoa flavors did not overwhelm the flavor the malt but provided a nutty backdrop to it. A wonderful morning tea – it packed a nice go-to buzz if my morning required something to get me into gear…