Tea and Quarantine and Oriental Beauty

This post will be a little bit random and a little bit unusual for me. I will start by telling you that my job is considered essential services and I am still getting paid, and for that I am very blessed and grateful. I’ve been unsure about how to handle the blog during a time like this where everyone is affected in one way or another.

In one way, I feel like it is inconsiderate to keep on blogging about tea and ignoring the elephant in the room because my life hasn’t been upended too much. It doesn’t feel right to keep going when so many people out there have been negatively affected through illness, job loss, or any other way this virus has wreaked havoc.

I also understand that people in lockdown will want some kind of escape from the harsh reality and would appreciate reading about tea in one way or another. So I am conflicted.

If I’m being honest, I really haven’t had the mental energy to do much blogging these last few weeks. I have done some, but it hasn’t quite felt the same since the lockdowns began. So, where do I go from here?

The answer is I don’t know. I still want to keep my normal schedule of one blog a week, but that might not happen. I have been having more virtual tea sessions with friends, which I highly recommend if you can find a way to make that happen. That has been a big blessing for me these last few weeks.

I didn’t want to just ramble without also showing you some tea. I didn’t want to do a full tasting due to the lack of mental energy thing, but I wanted to share something. I picked a tea that I haven’t written about before, so I went with the Oriental Beauty from my local tea shop.

The owner wouldn’t tell me where she got the tea from, so I can’t tell you how to buy it yourself, unless you go to Tallahassee which I doubt any of you will do. So, I will just say that it was pretty darn good.

I had this session outside which is also unusual for my posts, but hey it’s quarantine and nothing is normal. I also want to point out that tray in the middle picture above. This is from a pine tree that was in my backyard that was knocked down by Hurricane Michael. I cut a few of these rings to give to people as trays and I decided to keep one for myself for outdoor tea sessions.

I really liked this tea. It was floral and very sweet with honey notes and some fruit in there as well.

I also noticed that the air smelled sweeter. It may have been the tea, or it may have been….

Flowers growing in my backyard. Or maybe a combination of the tea and the flowers. Either way it was a very sweet tea session.

I stole this idea for taking pictures of spent leaf from Jenn at Tea Leaves and Tweed.

The price on this was $9 for 1 oz. I did 7 infusions of 4.5 grams, which comes to about $.20 per infusion. That’s a good price if you ask me.

So, if you have been negatively affected by the coronavirus, know that I am thinking about you. I have some comparison tastings lined up but I don’t know when I will get to them. I don’t know what these next few weeks will look like.

I do know that the tea community is full of amazing people and don’t hesitate to lean on any of them (us) for anything. We will get through this and come out stronger on the other end. Cheers!

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