Sunday, July 24, 2016

Writerly Bundle #25: Fuliginous, Last Adolescence, & Imperial Gold Buds

Welcome to this week's Writerly Bundle! A post where I hope to inspire you with three of the world's greatest things: music, words, and tea.

I was thinking of what fandoms the word "Imperial" makes me think of and the next one I think of after The Emperor's New Groove (which I did a while back) is Empire of Britannia from Code Geass, thus this week's theme!

 The Word:

1.) sooty; smoky: the fuliginous air hanging over an industrial city.
2. of the color of soot, as dark gray, dull brown, black, etc.

Example Sentence: Fuliginous gases covered Japan after the Britainnian attack. 


The Song:
"Last Adolescence"
from the Code Geass Original Soundtrack
by Kotaro Nakagawa & Hitomi Kuroishi

Code Geass not only is an epic anime, but it has a gorgeous score to boot. It has a neat mix of old fashioned Victorian elements and techy sci-fi. This piece is gentle with a full orchestra with leading clarinet and flutes. It's beautiful for a serene scene whether that be romantic or a touching moment, or beautiful scenery. I'd recommend this for a wide variety of genres.

The Tea:

Imperial Gold Buds

This is the highest grade black tea that you will find outside of China. Centuries of knowledge and tea master perfection went into picking and processing this dazzling Dian Hong style balck tea! The appearance alone is enough to knock you off your feet, with golden hairs covering the velvety soft leaves!

This tea is harvested in the spring from ancient tea bushes in Yunnan, China and carries lovely opening notes of sweet potato, malt, cocoa, and honey, with texture comparable to a perfectly ripe pear. Mid-sip presents warm oak and and light stonefruit, while the finish is smooth nd sweet, with exotic notes of coconut water and tahitian vanilla. Imperial Gold Bud Black Tea is thick and lively with a clean aftertaste and carries an intense energy (cha qi).

We are very proud to be able to offer small quantities of this rare tea and will continue to offer Imperial Gold Buds as long as mother nature allows!

How I found it: Sara Letourneau introduced me to Whispering Pines Tea Company with this blend actually. Since I love fandom-inspired blends, I knew I had to check out their site. I've bought several teas from them and they've become my second favorite tea company. I love their simply, but quality teas. As a perk, I love that they include inspiring quotes from people such as Winston Churchill and E.E. Cummings with every purchase!

The Tea: This tea came as a sample while purchasing the Mirkwood blend (Review next week) and I was more than happy to try it. The appearance of this tea is very similar to that of Golden Snail. It's fuzzy and bright yellow with black tips, however, it doesn't have the characteristic Golden Snail curl. The smell of the leaves has similar fruitiness to the Golden snail, but it isn't as sweet and carries a rustic oak smell.

This tea has a golden brown brew. Without sugar the oak flavor is strongest with a bit of sweet potato and malt in the flavor. With sugar, the cocoa and perhaps the stonefruit comes out. I haven't had stonefruit before, but I know there's some sort of fruity flavor in there. There's definitely a strong cocoa aftertaste. I'm not sure if Lelouch would drink this tea, but I think Nunnaly or Suzaku would enjoy it. It has an authentic Asian flavor they would like. 

Nunally, Suzaki, and Lelouch
Serving Recommendations: I brewed this tea for three minutes at 204 F and added sugar.

How much is it and where can you get it? You can purchase this tea online at the Whispering Pines Tea Company website for $11.50 USD. However, this tea is limited and only available at certain times, but you can sign up for notifications for when it goes in stock again.
So how good is it? This tea is unusual and visually appealing! Four stars!

Have you seen or used this word before? Have you heard this piece before? Have you tried this tea? Have you seen or read Code Geass?

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