I love taking photographs of tea. In particular, I love it when I run into a particularly photogenic tea like the assam below. Taking an image of it is a little bit like visually tasting it- it creates a moment of consideration for the character and the visual aesthetic of the dried leaf. Given the care and time which many tea maker (particularly Chinese teas) devote to making their tea assume a certain shape and look, it’s worth taking even a few seconds to appreciate their work.
One of the tea reviews coming up soon is the Mangalam Assam from Joy’s Teaspoon. I’ll reserve judgment of the tea’s taste for another post, but it is truly a gorgeous tea, with it large black leaves and luxuriant golden tips. Here is a shot of the tea, as well as a really beautiful close-up.
If you’re interested in tea photography, you can read my earlier post here.