Thursday, March 30, 2006

Desert Island Tea 4 - (Author) Diana Rosen

Uh, oh. We have another castaway on the island. No, it's not Brooke Shields, Tom Hanks or anyone named Robinson. This time around it's none other than Diana Rosen, author of such fabulous tea tomes as Meditations With Tea, The Book Of Green Tea, Chai: The Spice Tea Of India and Taking Time For Tea.

If you were stranded on a desert island (an island with clean, fresh water and tea making equipment, of course) what one tea (only one) would you like to have with you and why?

Diana Rosen's Answer:
Only one? Sure hope I'm rescued soon, or at least before the next harvest. Looking at my groaning cupboard with selections from all over the globe makes choosing just one supremely difficult. Today I had an exquisite flowery Darjeeling, yesterday it was a silky Dragonwell, and right now it's a heady Ti Kwan Yin.

What to do? Perhaps an elegant Mao Feng, more properly known as Huang Shan Mao Feng, from one of China's most venerable mountain ranges in the Anhui Province The tea gives multiple infusions, has a sweet, lingering taste, with a rumor of nuttiness. I have drunk pots of this green tea and never tire of it because it has a deep satisfying flavor like no other. Then, again, maybe I should take the......

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