Tea Appreciation is all about celebrating the timeless traditions associated with tea.
The Sense of Hearing & Tea
A relationship between the sense of hearing and tea may sound a bit far-fetched at first. But think of the sounds you associate with the experience of having a cup of tea. The dry tea leaves falling into the pot, the whistling of the kettle, the sharp clink of a cup being placed on a saucer, the sound of tea being poured. Sounds of domestic harmony that lulls you in to a serene isle of tranquillity, far away from all that is mundane. Doesn’t it all add up to some magical harmony of sound.
Regarded as the elementary sense, the sense of touch lets us feel the textures, the pulse, the suppleness, the shape the size. With so many nerve ending on the tips of our fingers it is also a powerful way of communicating without words. An age old gesture of love, care and comfort, touch is a fundamental of tea appreciation. When grading tea the feel of the tea on your finger tips will tell you a lot about its character. But this teamaker’s science aside, the sense of touch enhances the tea experience.
Tea is varied in type and limitless in terms of variety of flavour. The taste of tea is a complex perception as it is influenced by several factors. The terroir of tea, the fermentation process, the strength of the brew are just some of the factors that affect its taste.
Our sense of smell has an immense bearing on our cravings. Like when a patisserie that wafts the smell of butter on hot croissants makes you yearn for one and beckons you inside wordlessly. It can also evoke a long forgotten memory in vivid detail. Like the smell spring flowers makes you recall that holiday when you stayed at that quaint cottage and woke up to blossoming trees and birds singing outside.
Have you ever seen the first rays of sun set endless carpets of tea aglow or the how deftly the tea pickers in brightly clad sarees pluck the tender buds?
Sight is the most evolved of our senses and perhaps the most delightful. It is the sight that lets you see the roses in bloom, the flight of the eagle and the glint in the eye of your newborn. Our eye uses an intricate system of nerves and organisms to read lightwaves thereby to telling us about the depth, colour and vibration of any object.