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Some brewing thoughts on tea pairings

November 26, 2009
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The nuances of pairing the right tea with a particular food are subjective at best, and rather personal to say the least. But some people love reading about other peoples’ rules of life, and some people even incorporate them into their own lives. It is not my intent that anyone should incorporate to themselves any of my particular nuances of pairing tea with particular events. I am more concerned with event/tea pairing than food/tea pairing. In any case, I will take neither credit nor responsibility for any consequences, real or imagined. I don’t know that anyone else even has these events in their lives, but broad extrapolation is readily suggested.

Event: You have reached a life decision. You are ready to consider knee replacement surgery. You were told years ago this day would come. You are so ready. You get a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. You are ready, but no one else is. The surgeon is scheduling three months out. No one will even call you for an appointment for two weeks.

Suggested tea: Blue People, a delightful ginseng oolong. This is an energizing tea, and you are a blue-capped drone in line for your corporate-medicine turn at seeing a doctor.

Event: You’re on the phone with your sister for an hour and a half. She does all the talking.

Suggested tea: Northwest Tea Time. The touch of smoke added to this pleasant Assam/Keemun blend lends a hearty sense of fumigation.

Event: The Cat throws up in two different places on your freshly mopped floor. One place is under the table. The other is in his food dish, and he is yowling for more.

Suggested tea: Jade oolong. An exquisite, truly relaxing, and quickly brewed comforter with a sweet fragrance that belies said event.

Event: It hits you. You have cheerfully committed to having people over on three of the next four days. The euphoria has worn off and you swoon at the reality that you can barely cook for two on any one day.

Suggested tea: Irish breakfast, brewed about 6 minutes, topped with stiff whipped cream. The reasoning here should be obvious. You need to be very alert and very coddled, for the next four days straight.

Event: Next week, you are having company again. There will be one more of you than you have plates.

Suggested tea: Pu-erh. This earth-cached beauty may help to remind you that something old may be perfectly useful. This could be a good thing to remember about yourself, too. You also save a trip to holiday-mad Target, or the necessity of purchasing an additional piece of a place setting you wish someone else would hurry up and inherit.

  1. November 26, 2009 2:03 pm

    Lauren I love this post. I think I want to marry it.

    It’s starred and so on; and the picture is beautiful. I shall revert back to this in crucial beverage moments for a handy tea ethic. (I shall not adhere legalistically, but as it were, to the spirit.)

    Happy Thanksgiving :-)

  2. November 26, 2009 3:06 pm

    LOL. I’ll see what sorts of arrangements are possible, with particular scrutiny of the bigamy laws in your jurisdiction.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your earthly beloved, too!

  3. Grace RN NJ permalink
    November 28, 2009 4:34 pm

    Love it!! Is there a cyanide tea I can pair with dinner at my in-laws?

  4. November 28, 2009 4:44 pm

    Whoa — you sure you’re not from Chicago?

  5. Grace RN NJ permalink
    November 29, 2009 3:03 pm

    You know my cousin Tony? (just kidding!!)

    Going to dinner at my in-laws’ requires stress dosing, I kid you not! Maybe someday there will be a Xanax teabag…….


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