Saturday, November 19, 2011
Across the Sea to Japan
Back to the Swiss mountains today.
It's another beautiful day in the neighborhood. I am going out later to finish some garden cleanup - the chrysanthemums are finally done. The Sunday after Thanksgiving, I will put up some Christmas decorations on the lamp post and door. It may not be much. 5 weeks of doing very little has let my house get overrun with stuff and an urgent need to be dusted.
Are you ready for Thanksgiving? I have my menu set, except for how many desserts I want to do. We are having 5-6 friends come and they all have their orders on what to bring and how much work they have to do - at least the overnighters. I still have this bubble in my eye and sometimes it just seems like an overwhelming interference, although my vision improves almost daily. Sadly, there will be no tea at the meal, as they are all a bunch of super dedicated coffee people who refuse to drink tea. Bunch of weenies. However, I do have some very nice coffee from Gimmee Coffee and we'll have that.
At the moment I am kind of bored with black and Oolong teas, so I am having some green tea. I got it at Wegman's and it is from Japan, Ureshino Tama Ryokucha Tea. The instructions are to brew 1 teaspoon per cup for 1-1.5 minutes in waterat 175-190. I follow these directions, as I am not a regular Japanese tea drinker. However, the first cup brewed for 5 minutes because I forgot to turn on the timer. It looked and smelled awful, so I threw it out.
The next cup I did properly. The dry leaves looked like very fine grass clippings, only a much darker green. They smelled like a cross between hay and dry seaweed. The brewed liquor was a pretty yellow green, smelling very vegetal with a whiff of seaweed. It has a full mouth feel, with a small hit of astringency. To me, it has something of a muddled taste. I don't want to say it tastes like seaweed, but it reminds me of it. There is something in it that reminds me of kale or other strong green leafy veggies. That's as good as I can do. It is not a delicate tea.
The only references I can find to this tea are on a Czech site and it says it is made in the style of Chinese tea, but the picture looks nothing like the tea I bought as theirs is slightly snail shaped. Urishino is a town in Japan.