Friday, March 26, 2010

Gift of Tea

Sharon is a friend I have never met, yet we started communicating
about 6 years ago for work and have continued the friendship after I retired.  She lives in Taiwan and I would love to visit her there someday.  Recently another friend was traveling to Taiwan for
business and I sent a small gift along for Sharon.
To my surprise, Sharon sent me some tea.
The bag and container are so beautiful.
But even more beautiful is the tea.

It is Osmanthus Oolong.  A lovely floral tea with small pieces of the osmanthus blossom in it.
This morning I will be enjoying a teapot of this beautiful tea.
You can see in the two small dishes the before and after of steeping.
It always amazes me to see the leaves unfurl and release the sweetness of the tea.
What is in your cup today?

19 comments:

Angela McRae said...

What's in my cup today? A wee bit of envy, because this is without a doubt the most exquisite tea gift presentation I have ever seen! (And I too love to see how the tea leaves transform when steeped. I never tire of that!)

Jeanne said...

How wonderful indeed.
Love you
Happy Weekend♥

Vicky said...

How lovely! I am not sophisticated yet when it comes to tea as mine usually involves a bag... but this looks fragrant and tasty and some day, I will try something like this :)

beth said...

so funny you asked...see my blog and you'll find out:)

SweetAnnee said...

Your Easter prize went out today.
I have not been able to drive
so my mailman said he'd take
care of it. ..
he's a good guy

I love tea!!! Having some now

PeggyR said...

What a lovely gift. I once received a teapot years ago as a gift from a Japanese pen pal. I have it displayed on my shelf in the kitchen.

CindyW said...

What a beautiful gift! It's been several years since I've had any osmanthus oolong, but I can still remember the heady aroma.

No tea for me today because I seem to be fighting off some sort of influenza. I'm finally able to sip at gingerale. . .

Cha sen said...

What a wonderful gift that is. I hope you enjoy your oolong tea; some of my favorite oolongs are from Taiwan.

Gayle @ Mountain Mom said...

Wow! That looks interesting and fabulous. I am waiting for my Boston Jasmine Blossom Green Tea to come in. I am making do with some I got at the grocery, but I can't wait for the highly fragrant tea to come.

somepinkflowers said...

i am over here drinking
my earl grey
and
thinking how wonderful
the world is
in
so many ways!

:-)

isn't life grand!

{{ i am sending out thoughts--
manifesting a positive situation--
that might occur
so you and your friend
can meet
face2face.
wouldn't that
make an amazing posting!}}

Mary Jane said...

Lovely and such a nice gift from your dear friend.

Lovely Spring days inspire me to choose fragrant floral teas for brewing.

Enjoy your beautiful tea, Marilyn.

Steph said...

I am drinking a jasmine pearl. Oh, that is SOOOO pretty!

Relyn said...

Speaking of gifts... Guess what arrived for me? Oh, thank you, my sweet friend. You are a real blessing. Honestly, a delight of my own heart. I love you, friend. I am thinking of you today.

Adrienne said...

What a wonderful friendship! And sweet gifts between the two of you. Thanks for sharing this - I think I'm off to make a cup of tea.
~Adrienne~

Duchess of Tea said...

Oh you lucky girl getting so much love in the mail, enjoy your cup, wish I could have been there to share a cup with you. Hope you're having a great weekend.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Jeanne said...

Blessings and much love
Happy Holy Week

Love Jeanne

Tracy said...

What a wonderful gift...and such beautiful packaging! Tea for a tea-lover is always the best gift, isn't it? I think so too! :o) Right now I'm drinking a cup of white tea gently scented with rose petals...sublime! Must have tea while visiting friends... Happy Week, Marilyn ((HUGS))

parTea lady said...

That is a beautiful gift. The Osmanthus Oolong sounds wonderful. My cup is filled with basic morning tea right now - PG Tips.

Mary said...

....and such pretty packaging. I've never tried that one but known it must lovely!