how could it come to this? i'm really worried about living.
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:
And at first, it floats
but once the hot water (a little below boiling) is added, it begins to ooze bobbles and uncoil its tender tentacles:
until it sinks, and uncoils, revealing the "butterfly" and flower within.
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.