How long has it been since I found some time to calm my mind with a pot of tea? I have been feeling rather lost and stressed while adjusting to adult life – work and marriage. Trying to brush off these unhappy thoughts, I dusted off my neglected tea set and dug into a sample of green tea crafted by Yi Ho Yeong, generously provided by Arthur at Morning Crane Tea.
It has been awhile since I’ve brewed green tea, so I’m not confident that I really optimized the quality of those precious leaves. Nonetheless, they helped quell some of the anxiety swelling in me. When I first unceremoniously shuffled the dried leaves into the warmed pitcher, I could not really place the aroma – it was surprisingly savoury, almost meaty. The first steep was bit reminiscent of sencha, but without the sharp caffeine jilt. As I continued to taste, I was reminded of my homemade miso soup base, a simple composition of kombu and bonito flakes. Subsequent steeps were light with a sweet aroma, and very comforting. I did not get that overcooked grassy taste, instead the leaves quietly mellowed out, yielding a clean liquor with a creamy texture.
I wish I could have cleared my mind a bit more to appreciate the moment. It would have been better not to distract myself by finicking with the camera and playing with the table setup. I also kept trotting back and forth to the kitchen for hot water. Honestly, I have not given much thought in creating a space for tea in my current apartment. Recently I’ve been considering purchasing a tetsubin and hotplate then carving out a small corner of the living room for a permanent arrangement. I need some space to myself!