Finally, a decent cup of tea!
(breathes a sigh of relief)
Here is my story…
I enjoy incense, but NOT in my tea, as is evidenced in my reviews of the Earl of Anxi. I didn’t get to drink very much tea yesterday, & this morning I have to get ready for a wedding, so I won’t get to drink much either, so imagine my unhappiness when I started sipping my first cup of the day, Lord Petersham, & it tasted of perfume. WTF????
I dumped it, incredulous that it wasn’t the beloved lord of tea that I was looking for.
I made a cup of Persian Princess…same problem! !#)%&$^@)P$#KUW)R!@%$TPQL???
Then I realized there was some fine brown powder on the table, (I’m not very observant when I first wake up) & yes, it was incense power, as if somebody opened a box of incense there & didn’t bother to clean it up. Right next to the towel on the table where all my little tea pots, cups, spoons, strainers, & other paraphernalia await me while I sleep. Except for my yixings (thank god!!). They all live in my office.
So now, finally, I’m enjoying a cup of something that doesn’t taste like perfume. I love Nag Champa, but not in my tea! I brewed this cup in my office, with my office electric kettle, & later today when I get home from the wedding, I will be on a cleaning rampage, washing all my tea stuff that’s in the vicinity of the desecration, soaking them in baking soda water too.
Speaking of baking soda water, some of you might recall that about a month ago the mother of one of my students gave me a beautiful stainless steel tea caddy. Unfortunately, she must have stored something other than tea in there, as it reeked of perfume. I ignored it for awhile, but yesterday I decided it was time. I soaked & then washed it in soapy water, then I soaked & rinsed it in fresh water. It was sparkling clean, but I could still smell a perfume smell. So I soaked it in baking soda water for the rest of the day.
The good news? It smells like…nothing!!!
Except it’s on that towel on the table, but it’s upside down, so hopefully it won’t smell like nag champa.
I will probably let it dry for a month before I actually use it, just to make sure it’s really dry!
Anyway…This is a tasty & welcome Assam, & I’m grateful to enjoy it.