I’ve been thinking a bit out my background lately. Growing up, I’ve had no real culture other than typical American food from the box with no real traditions and I’ve just felt as though I was lacking tradition or culture. I’ve always been somewhat jealous of my husband who has a very large family and extensive traditions. When I was very young, my Polish grandmother used to make all these Polish foods from scratch. I’ve always wanted to learn more about that. Pretty young, I lost all of my grandparents so it’s really just been my parents, one brother, a few cousins, 3 aunts, and 2 uncles. All in all a pretty small family. I didn’t even really know my background only very vaguely, which became quite obvious recently after talking with a Polish guy when he mentioned that I didn’t look all that Polish and I didn’t really know much about my background otherwise. I’ve been on a search to find out more about myself. Turns out I’m 37.5% of both Polish and Ukraine, though some of that Ukraine is actually Mongolian. Also, I am 12.5% of both Native American and German. I’m planning on really trying to track my family tree and learn about some traditions. I suppose as I’m getting older, I think where I come from is getting more important. Well, on to the tea.
Today is day 2 of my raging migraine, so please pardon my tasting notes as they may be inaccurate due to the headache. I love this dragon well. I particularly like to do what I call reverse brewing. I have this glass tumbler that you can click this steel strainer into place. I like to put the tea leaves under the strainer to watch the leaves expand and brew especially since they look so gorgeous. The strainer keeps the leaves from getting in my mouth and I just add more water when it starts to turn bitter. I love to do this with my green teas. This tea is sweet and strongly nutty and buttery with some steamed vegetable notes. I’m finding the nutty notes to be similar to brazil nuts today and the steamed veggie notes to be mostly artichoke. A hint of floral can also be detected. It’s perfect for my mood right now. A solid sweet green tea that is more buttery and nutty than anything else. This is a beautiful mellow cup of tea.