Monday, October 28, 2013
The scents of tea
And the impact of a scent on our brain is unlike any other sense: there's no secondary center in the brain to analyze the sense of smell. The scents engrave directly in our memory. That's why we access directly into our memory when we smell a particular fragrance. This experience can help us recall certain moments of our childhood, when, for the first time, we have encountered a smell for the first time.
my 2011 spring wild Dian Hong, one of my favorite red tea.
It's very sweet with ripe fruits. It reminded me of a warm ice cream! I kept on having a memory of ice cream with this tea! This didn't make much sense. Nothing felt cold in this tea. On the contrary!
Last Friday, after this very relaxed, calm brewing, I found the answer!
- the colors are powerful, shiny and warm,
- the baroque music is peaceful,
- the scent of black currant evoques pleasant memories,
- the sweet and refined taste of the tea lingers on my palate.
This moment doesn't seem to end. Each cup and each brew renews the pleasure of combining all these feelings into one wonderful experience. The pictures tell this story better than my words. Now, as I'm writing, I go into an analytical mode examining what happened to me with each sense. But during the chaxi, the moment of enjoying the interaction between tea and teaware, the interaction of the senses, everything melts into a unique moment of happiness.