Tea of the Day: Lavender Sencha Green tea by The American Tea Room
Description: Deep green Japanese sencha leaves are accented with tiny pink and violet lavender blossoms in a blend that is at once fresh and classic. The brew is a springy yellow green with assertive aromas of lavender and the ocean, and a soft peppery undertone. A full lavender flavor fills the palate, and then gracefully reveals notes of lime zest, ocean air and cloves. The finish speaks of flowers, steamed young greens and lemon.
Dry tea smells as you would expect, like lavender, with a touch of savory bite behind it
Liquor is a lovely clear golden green color in the cup. Think “spring green”
Steeped tea is very similar to the dry although to me it smells a touch sharper. In taste, however it is lightly floral, with a nice full flavor of lavender at first, followed by something smooth and peppy. It makes me think of citrus, but more subtle, almost like it was flavored with a touch of dried citrus jest.
Adding a little sugar to me makes it taste like and edible bouquet; flowery and sweet with a savoryness that really ties it together. All in all, a very relaxing and tasty tea.
Tea Rating: 5/5
Today a response to the Daily Post’s prompt Natural (warning, it’s not a poem/creative post, it’s some thoughtful prose the prompt brought to mind)
This is going to be a little bit of a rant, so you’re totally welcome to quit reading here. I’m sure tomorrow will be more positive all around
What’s with the insistence that “natural” is synonymous with “good”? Natural might be good in some cases, like with plant sugar easier for the body to process than modified sugars or artificial sweeteners, but it’s not a perfect system. If you put a whole bunch of sugar in your tea, it’s still not going to be healthy for you, no matter how natural the sugar used. Too much is still too much.
The same kind of thing goes for herbal remedies. I’m not against it per se, and do swear by certain teas being good for some issues–like mint or ginger for upset stomach, licorice for sore throat, echinacea to help fight getting sick in the first place and so on. However there’s a lot of “natural remedies” being touted to work miracles. I mostly see that kind of thing when it comes to weight loss and while some things do help with energy levels and such, it’s not always safe to add a bunch of extra vitamins or extracts to your diet, no matter what the source. Some substances interfere or interact with medications, and every medicine, human manufactured or not, has the potential to have side effects.
Getting away from food, it can be argued that behavior that is natural isn’t always right. The teenage kid down the street may have the nature-given urge to want to put his dick in anything and everything that he can…but that does not meant that it’s a smart idea or the right thing to do, depending on the situation. Some behaviors that come naturally developed when the world was a very different place and have not gone away, but have no place in the here and now.
I also have a problem with “you’re a natural” as a compliment for someone in relation to something they do, like write, or draw, or sing, or run, and so on. I’ve always taken it as meaning that the person makes it look easy or that is seems second nature to them, which on the face of it is a nice thing to hear. But even for someone who has natural aptitude for something, there is usually still work involved. Sometimes, I would argue, even more because when they reach a point where the drawing won’t come out right or the dance step eludes them, they have to both push past the normal block but also the one that says there’s something wrong with them since it’s not working the way it always had. Saying “you’re a natural” doesn’t convey understanding or respect of the work it still takes.