Monday, February 26, 2007

Japanese Tea

Japanese tea, invariably served without milk or sugar, which wouild be harmful to its armona, is the most mellow, most agreeable drink that one could be given to taste...Gyokuro, for example, which is the most highly regarded tea in Uji and throughout Japan, instills into its flavor such balsamic subtleties that it more resembles a perfume; it is as if some marvelous alchemy has suceeded in ilquefying the aromas of flowers - garden flowers, wild flowers - transferring the pleasure of smell to that of taste. Such is Gyokuro.
(Wenceslau de Morales, The Cult of Tea - referenced in Tea, by Lydia Gautier)

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