I wholeheartedly admit that I fail this week. Sorry!
While I have my Monday NovelTea and Friday Photo ready and scheduled for the week, my more formidable post (about Rooibos and Honeybush… just you wait until you see the post title next Tuesday. It’s a good’un!) has been postponed to next week because I’ve been gnarly sick until just the past day or so! (This guy just below is demonstrating how I’ve felt for the past 10 days!)
I discovered this unfortunate fact the first day of my sickness by thinking, “Oh dear! I seem to be getting a cold. The best possible thing I can think of to make this feel better is a lovely pot of tea.” Upon making this pot of tea and beginning to sip it down, I realized that the general astringency from the black tea seemed to agitate my throat further, bringing upon me another coughing fit. I later discovered that even smoother teas led to a similar response, so I had to give it up.
Not to mention the fact that with how stuffed up my nose was, I could hardly taste my food, nonetheless the subtleties of tea!
A couple times, I was able to drink part of a cup of tea, like a ginseng oolong or a very mild green, but I wasn’t able to taste it as I usually can.
Until yesterday. Oh, the glory! I had some of the Tamayokucha that Two Leaves and a Bud was so kind as to send me after my first experience with it. This is a green tea that is described as an “extremely green tea”. I remember just after I brewed it (still with a lightly runny nose) I was shocked and excited because I could actually smell it! If you’ve suffered from a long-lasting head cold like this, you know just how wonderful a sensation that is.
Even though I couldn’t make use of its reviving powers during the main sickness, being able to drink tea at the end of it has helped bring me back to myself! To celebrate, I think I’ll finally do my side-by-side tasting of 3 different Da Hong Pao (Red Robe) teas (a kind of oolong tea) – one from my brother in China, one from Vital Tea Leaf, and one from Verdant Tea. You can look forward to reading more about that this weekend!