In continuation of my earlier post, here are some pictures taken inside the museum that reflect the tea beauty, culture and history.
One of the main attractions for tea lovers in Hong Kong is the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. It is located in the island on the Hong Kong Park.
From the museum official website we have the following information: “Built in the 1840s, Flagstaff House originally served as the office and residence of the Commander of the British Forces in Hong Kong. It was converted to the Museum of Tea Ware in 1984, with a new wing, The K.S. Lo Gallery, added in 1995. Alongside its exhibitions, the Museum holds regular demonstrations, tea gatherings and lecture programs to promote ceramic art and Chinese tea drinking culture”.
The best way to get to the museum is through the metro (MTR) Admiralty station stop. On the Admiralty station take the 1C exit, turn right and follow the signs to the Hong Kong Park.
On the entrance of the museum there are small samples of tea to show color, shape and texture; utensils for tea brewing and tea serving. Since the building was a house/office it contains many rooms in two floors.
One of the rooms is for the children play. It has Tea Toys made out of wood. The idea is to start the tea education of the children early, as a play.
The lavender, also called Lavandula tea is a very fragrant and aromatic tea, made with lavender flowers. It is usually mixed with green, black or other herbal teas. As the tea is prepared by adding the boiling water to the flowers a nice fragrance can be perceived in the whole room; it is one of the most fragrant teas. One or two teaspoons per cup of boiling water are sufficient to prepare a tea.
When used alone as lavender tea it is slightly bitter, for this reason usually honey and lemon is added. When lemon (or other acid fruit juice) is added the color changes from pale yellow to pink as is illustrated below. This tea can be enjoyed hot or cold. It is a great summer tea! The pictures below are from a tea package I bought in Taiwan, where the use is very common.
The common lavender species is called Lavandula angustifolia, also called English lavender. Most probably the name lavender comes from the Latin lavāre, of lavō, to wash. In the old days the lavender flowers infusions were added to the water to wash the clothes to give a scent. The word lavender and its variations is used in many languages (e.g. French: lavande; German: lavandel; Spanish: lavanda). In Portuguese lavender is called alfazema, a word with Arabian origin.
A tulip black tea with Turkish delight is offered as a warm welcome to guests and visitors in a Turkish home or a store. Here we have the Turkish Delight (aka Lokum ) made with pomegranate and pistachios served with the tulip tea. This is a perfect combination of flavors and warmth anytime of the day or night. Two sugar cubes are always served with the tea and most of the people use only one cube.
Last week we drove from Izmir to Canakkale. On the middle of the road we stopped for breakfast by the ocean. The Turkish teacup was placed on a large stone, the olive trees were just below. At a distance we observed the shoreline, the Aegean Sea and on the horizon are the Mytilene mountains. What a scenary!