One of my Christmas treats from my son was a beautifully boxed tasting set from Palais des Thes—all single-origin teas in little metal tubes that scratch the itch to fidget and play with toys. All of these are ones I want to pay attention to, so I took a little attention break after a morning of post-holiday pitching and organizing.
The dry leaves were a delicious, deep pine green and the fresh scent reminded me of the big bowls of peas and green beans Mom would bring in for us to snap and shell. (Shelling peas is the most satisfying sensory experience—you really need to try it once.) Tasted almost exactly the same as its scent, with the addition of a little sweet, woody aftertaste on the tip of the tongue.
I keep forgetting that un-tampered, fresh, unflavored green teas can be really fine. I think I’ll hang on to the rest for a gloomy, freezing winter day when I need a reminder that spring is out there somewhere.