Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Peppermint Damask & Gunpowder

"It was one of those March days
when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light,
and winter in the shade."

Charles Dickens

Early this month our local weatherman announced that this would be a colder than usual March. I think he was right. It's been chilly and cold. At least the sun shines most days and that brings a measure of cheer. It also helps to choose a cheerful teacup! My teacup today is a Royal Albert from the Old Country Roses collection. It's called Peppermint Damask, and I enjoy its minty greenness. Tendrils of wispy green leaves and a faint lattice design are sprinkled with yellow, pink, and red roses. It is classic elegance with a touch of whimsy. Today's tea is a classic green gunpowder from Guangdong province, China. It is a mild tea with a hint of smokiness that adds a distinctness that's enjoyed. Each leaf is hand-rolled into tiny pellets which unfurl into full, dark greenness. Classically delicious.

Speaking of green tea, have you read this study released earlier this week? In it researchers found that the more green tea a person drank, the more it reduced the risk of suffering a stroke. Now that's a good deal!


  1. That would be a good reason to drink it. I prefer mine in summer with ice. Green tea is not a favorite in a tea cup. I do enjoy seeing your featured tea cup of the day. This one is so pretty (all tea cups really are I think), but there is something so pleasing about the green background. Dickens sure got that right, but it may be April that would best fit that description around here. I made the horrible mistake of checking the fifteen day forecast...oh it's not pretty.

  2. Beautiful cup! Interesting tea. So happy to know the green tea I enjoy has great benefits. Time for more!

  3. You are sharing some very beautiful teacups this month. Love them all.


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