The romance of tea is unmistakable. Whether it is a special Valentine’s Day teatime with your loved one or just a special tea moment all to yourself. Or maybe a special tea (some vendors offer flavored teas as “romance tea”). But also, the romance of tea is its appeal, the way it draws in your attention and captures your imagination. This has been true for thousands of years. You might think of it as a “love affair with the leaf.”
Part of romance is pace, that is, slowing down and feeling unrushed. So, naturally, when you enjoy a tea that is best enjoyed gongfu style, you will slow and feel unhurried and therefore get more deeply involved in the steeping process.
Another part of romance is the visual. Some think of soft lights, flowers, lace, and frills. But where tea is involved it can often mean steeping in a glass gaiwan, teapot, steeping mug, etc., so that you can fully enjoy the view of tea leaves expanding and opening as the water tugs at them.
The other senses come into play, too, with the aroma of the tea leaves before, during, and after steeping being companion to the flavor and aroma of the liquid that changes with each new infusion of those leaves.
Beyond that is the mystery of trying a new tea — like meeting a new love and learning each others essence, the nature of the flame within the soul. Or retrying an old favorite — like meeting a former lover after a decade’s absence. You reminisce on the past and all that transpired between you back then and catch up on everything that has happened during the years since then.
Take your pick and have a great romantic teatime!
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