When I was a young girl my mother had a friend that collected
Asian antiques. How I loved visiting her and just taking in the sights
of drapey kimonos and black lacquer furniture.
A friend recently gifted me enough Agarwood tea to
have in one gaiwan this morning.
After the first steeping I inhaled the fragrance
and tears came to my eyes as I remembered this scent
from the incense my mother's friend burned in her apartment.
The scent is so distinct, a woody, tropical, fruity fragrance.
Looking up in wikipedia I found that Agarwood is the most expensive
wood in the world. It has health benefits for relaxing muscle tissue
and relieving muscle cramps.
has developed a 2013 limited edition tea
that is for the tea connoisseur.
It is a blend of Agarwood from Vietnam
and ripe Puerh from ancient trees in Yunnan, China.
The flavor is quite wonderful and the texture so smooth.
It is a real treat to have this sample to taste.
If you are a avid tea collector you can add this to your
collection for $500 for 120 grams (4.23 ounces).