Gentle Reader, I hope that you are easing pleasantly into the summer, in whichever way you ease best. The end of the academic year here feels like the climax to a bad movie: more, and more, and more pressure / examinations / socials... and then pop! Sudden silence.
All that remains is the high-pressured whine of the accumulated guilt of that huge pile of papers that needs to be written, and those grant proposals that need to be sent off for review. As a consequence, it sometimes feels that this job is as much about talking about what you want to do in future (via grant proposals), as much as doing actual research. Sadly, "I want to drink tons of tea" doesn't seem to cut the mustard, as far as talking about what I want to do in future.
The sun is shining (just about), and so let's make some hay. I seem to have been added to Jalam's "tea club" mailing list: this is the second xiaobing that has made its way to me in as many months. I am not complaining!
The 2014 Nannuoshan "Ziye" [purple leaf] is packed with summertime sweetness, atop a base of true and surprising bitterness. BOLD is the man that sends real tea to his tea-club, rather than nondescript crowd-pleasers! I approve wholeheartedly.
The "purple" flavour of ripe fruits is always welcome, and very well-suited to the character of Nannuoshan, which is likewise fruity. So good, in fact, is this tea that I have a second session with the same cake in the afternoon, using a new set of leaves in the pot. This tea is ab-so-lutely perfect for low-intensity summertime quaffing. Perhaps I'm just in a good mood, from the season.
There is vibrancy abound in this little number, and that satisfying sweetness is made interesting by the unsociably bitter base. I can imagine tea-club members being terrified by this bitterness, and that makes me love it twice over.
The remainder lasts me several days in my lab, and I drink it as a priority, due to its haute deliciousness. It seems to last forever, and it stays unbroken in its sweetness as the infusions come and go. Purple tea is so very good for the summer, and this cake is a friendly example of the genre.
Trinity Term, I - III
is when everyone
sneezes at last
reflected in the eyes of
to the old professor
at his funeral