I don’t know about you all, but this diet of shincha sencha
and primo oolong
is wearing me down! Too intense. And with Auggy’s computer drama on top of it all, my nerves are frayed. I’m stopping by the Dian Hong Café
for some soothing black tea: Yunnan Gold, with its low astringency, notes of hay and chocolate. “Dian
” is another (older?) name for Yunnan Province in the mountainous southwest of China, and “Hong
” means red, the Chinese name for the class of teas we call black tea in the West. For some reason, we named the teas after the color of the dry leaves, while the Chinese named them after the color of the brewed liquor. BTW, this is a Fall 2006 Yunnan Gold that just seems to get better as it ages.
The ferns are Holly Ferns. As you might imagine, my favorite part of ferns is the spores on the back, so I’ve flipped one over so you can enjoy them too. Click the photo to see the same thing in BIG