Centuries ago, along the trade route known as the Silk Road, merchants from remote and mysterious ports such as Turkey, India, and China, traded exotic silks and priceless spices for jewels and gold. One of the most coveted items was tea.
Like wine, tea reflects the region where it was grown. It can be mild and delicate or strong and pervasive. Blending tea is an art that ensures the integrity and harmony of the plant is enhanced by the ingredients with which it is paired. In some cases, botanicals from around the world are carefully selected and cured, then blended with tea to create a superior tea experience.
One of my favorite teas is a small globe of green tea leaves hand-tied around an amaranth flower. When steeped in water you watch as the flower opens and blooms, revealing a beautiful pink blossom. The blossom symbolizes happiness and everlasting love.
I imagine that long ago this tea would have fetched a pretty penny along the Silk Road.