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Archive for juni 2011

Stilhed i sommerhaven.

Tag plads midt i det hele, på en bænk, en nedslidt bænk. Træk fødderne op, i selskab af en kop thé, måske en god oolong, og LYT:

Der er nemlig ikke kun stilhed – der er fløjten fra alle tage og højder. Der er den melodiske lyd fra en solsort, der er triller og avancerede forløb fra grønirisk, tornsanger og brunelle. Der er lyden af vand, fra naboens springvand, plaskende, rullende, hypnotiserende, beroligende.

Der er grønt – der er løvet foroven, der dækker for enkelte dråber, der falder fra himlen nu, der er rønnebær på vej til modning, der er bier i lindens løvtag omkring. Der er græsset forneden, bonderoser og staudernes yppige blomstring.

Der er summen fra insekterne – tæt på er der en humlebi på vej ind i en mørkelila akelej. Zoom ind med øjnene, og SE: Den pudsler omkring, til den finder vej ind i den første kanal fyldt med nektar, så tager den den næste og cirkler omkring, til alle fire er besøgt og tømt. Videre går det. Der er svævefluer, der brummer midt i luften. Zoom ind, SE, igen: Detaljer, et øjeblik, og så VÆK.

I græsset kravler et bæltedyr – øjet zoomer ind og følger dens bevægelser.
Alt er igang, alt sker hurtigt. Og forbliver alligevel – det samme.

Hylden blomstrer –
radio spiller P2
i min mors køkken

kh Ulla

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I can recommend this little fine book: Lot of pictures of the author making tea, fx Long Jing, “Dragon Well”, showing every step. She uses glasses to brew green chinese teas, and small yixing teapots to brew Oolong and Puerh tea.

As you can see, I am drinking “Long Jing” while reading…

“Long Jing” is one of the 10 famous green teas in China, from the Zhejiang Province at the eastcoast. Only a bud-set is used, which is quite intact after brewing, as you can see in the last picture – it has come alive again… and given me the best taste in the process. The flavour is full, deep, and the tea liquer is light green / strawcoloured.

Unfortunately, I do not remember where this Long Jing is from, the pictures are some months old, and I didn´t write it down… won´t happen again!

Brewing – green teas from china: 1-2 teaspoons, 180 ml, 75-80 C, 2 min, 2 x

Yours, Ulla

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Here the “Sencha Kachouzan” from the teashop A.C.Perch, the oldest teashop in Copenhagen, Denmark. Is is referred to in the shop to “Top sencha”… It is a top tea, the best sencha in the shop, but – please start giving information about the year and season of the harvest of every tea, and the plantation or town where it comes from… tea type… oxidation level… aso. the only information I have been able to find about K., is the mentioning of “the Kachouzan of Higashiyama, Kyoto”.

Sencha is a japanese green tea, with no oxidation. Oxidation is hindered by, after withering, “fixing” the tea leaves by steaming them (in china they are oven-fired). For japanese teas, this gives this wonderful dark green colour and powerful grassy flavour. The last pictures are from the 2. or 3. brewing – the first was much greener.

Brewing – green teas from Japan: 1-2 teaspoons, 180 ml, 70 C (top quality: 60 C), 2-3 x

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Here some photos from tasting another sencha from www.singtehus.dk, which is not found on the homepage any more though. The name is “Midori”, meaning green, a quite cheap sencha compared to the good quality! Simple and fresh, delicious, as for a good every day sencha…
kh Ulla

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I would like to post some photos from my sencha / oolong / puerh tea drikning, too – apart from the cha-no-yu information. Inspired by international blogs, these will be in english – to be able to share them to more people.

First, here a few photos from drinking japanese green tea, Sencha, the new harvest of 2011. The name  of this specific tea is “Haru honaka”, a mixture of tencha (tea leaves for matcha production) and the finest green leaf tea in japan, gyokuro. “Haru “means spring – but I hope I got the name right, since I cannot find a translation for “honaka”. I got it in april 2011, from the danish teashop and teahouse “Sing Tehus”, www.singtehus.dk.

Fine, dark green dry leaves, needle thin, with an intense, green juicy aroma…

The tea liquor is nearly thick, fresh livly, nourishing. It was a pleasure…

kh Ulla

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