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loose tea for loose women

how could it come to this? i'm really worried about living.

I ordered tea from Upton on Tuesday, and it arrived today, as tea from Upton will. (They're only one state over, you see.)

Anyway, I am usually immune to the temptations of fancy display teas, but this one struck my whimsy, and lo, I did order it.

While I was unpacking the rest of the tea, I infused a cup.

It starts like this:

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And at first, it floats

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but once the hot water (a little below boiling) is added, it begins to ooze bobbles and uncoil its tender tentacles:

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until it sinks, and uncoils, revealing the "butterfly" and flower within.



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It looks like Cthulhu, and it's quite tasty. The liquor has an aroma reminiscent of artichokes*, of all things, and grass clippings, and the flavor is floral/green tea and only slightly astringent. Quite nice, and I will save the rest of the tin to impress guests with and serve it in nice big wine goblets.

The whole photoset is here.

*it took me most of the cup to place the aroma.

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I had several teas in China last spring which behaved thusly, including (I believe) lotus flower tea. So, erm, yes.
Upton is a miraculous source of Weird Tea. FYI.
I love blooming teas! They're so fun to watch brew. That one is especially pretty.
And you can't beat the name. Upton calls it "Butterfly Loving Flowers," but what it says in English on the packet (I cannot read the Chinese, but I bet tylik can) is "Butterfly With Tender Feelings Toward Flowers," which I find I prefer.

Edited at 2009-11-05 07:38 pm (UTC)
I love that.
Also, I'm not sure whether to thank you or curse you while hiding my wallet. For some reason, I've never looked through the Upton site.
<--bad influence
Oh, that's amazing. :D
I love that Flickr says (matociquala is the only person who has used "butterflywithtenderfeelingstowardflowers" as a tag.) when you hit the photoset link.
It wants to be a story title.
It does! Also a sculpture of some sort.
Can you post a pic of the Chinese?
Look in the photoset. *g*
Sister-in-law brought something similar back from Beijing last year -- as I do not read Chinese, I can't tell you what variety. A green tea with jasmine scent, anyway.

It sheds tendrils. I found that annoying . . .
I love those teas! Not only do I like the flavor, you can watch them open as a mindfulness/meditation exercise. I especially liked the air bubbles that cling to the petals, exactly like beads of dew...but underwater.

A glass teapot is a great way to show one of those babies off for company.
Watching tea bloom as a meditation. I love it. Must try.
The Seven Cups Tea Room in Tucson has some of their display teas on sale now. (to make room for new stock, I imagine)

They have a lovely one which is a basket and another that shoots little beads like a fountain.

(and all imported directly from China and the local growers there :) - and one of my all time favorite places to hang out)

http://www.sevencups.com/
Oooooh, I had no idea such a thing is in Tucson. I'll be out there for Xmas, I'll definitely make a point to stop by.
It's such a great quiet place to slow down (and they have wireless, too!), particularly over the holidays. And I believe they still have Friday tea tastings.
Hey, I live in Tucson, and had no idea this place existed. I sense a field trip this weekend!
I first saw blooming teas in China in 2004 and of course had to bring some back for a tea-o-phile friend. Now, happily, they seem to be in fine tea shops everywhere!
oooh, pretty.
So until the star-- guest list is right, the dead tea will lie in your tea-tin, dreaming?
That is not dead which may eternal dry, and with sweet waters even tea may rise.
My supermarket was selling sets of pretty glass teapots and blooming teas last Christmas. I resisted, but I may have to get one this year, if they do it again.
I resisted the Alice in Wonderland teapots in Seattle. Really, between TBRE and me, there are enough teapots in this house.
Ha, I recently reviewed a similar tea and came up with the same artichoke connection.
It was really STRIKING. And unexpected!
Okay, that is one *scary* cup of tea! :)
mwahahahahahahhahahhaha. My tea has tentacles!
flower tea! My sister got me some for Christmas last year :D
I love that kind of tea. desperance and I made wistful cat noises at about 27 different varieties of blossoming tea in San Francisco Chinatown on Monday.
I have something similar, tasty.. There is a good Tea shop in Winston Salem, "Angelinas" They do web business. (plug)
papersky introduced me to Cthulhu tea. The resemblance is indeed striking.
That's so funny - I got similar tea and I did exactly the same thing - post it as a photoset.

But I used a Chimay glass - a wine goblet probably would have been more appropriate.

Mine was called Dragonball tea - I have to admit, I bought it solely for the name.
Oh, I love those things -- I really need to get some clear teacups so I can justify buying a bunch of them.

Various other loose teas, though, I am prepared for now. Curse you and your tea-enabling!
*accepts the blame*
<3 blooming teas. Such a clever idea.

<3 Upton. Getting tea in the mailbox the day after I order is win.
We order tea from Upton too. Expensive habit, but we're hooked...
Good lord, that's pretty. And I say that as an unregenerate reverse-tea-snob.
Those have always reminded me of resurrection ferns. Thus, I'm rather wary of them, because the tea ball may come back to life and be... annoyed... about being drunk.

http://plantsincivilization.wordpress.com/2009/04/22/unique-plants-part-1 has an adequate before-and-after picture.
neato!