THE LADY OF THE LAKE Bookbinding

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A5 notebook. My particular interpretation of the Lady of the Lake.

The Lady of the Lake is a tribute to the character of the Arthurian cycle, Nimue. The moon on the lake´s surface and the Dame getting her reward with a net. Behind her, the sky, the wind and the first trees of the forest.

The endpaper is made as usual with paste and tempera, and the paper is non-chlorinated recycled paper.

Those interested can contact me on mbolannos@hotmail.com.

GOÛT RUSSE 7 AGRUMES (TEA)

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I bought this tea more than one year ago.  I was in Dublin with my son, as always visiting tea shops are once of our destination on each trip.

I didn’t choose this tea.  It was just one of those samples that shops give to you once you have purchase something.  Of course in this trip we have bought four different kinds of tea and infusion (black tea, green tea and two roobios).  And this was one of the gift teas.

I have just tasted it a couple the weeks ago, and I am so sorry to don’t have do it before we left Dublin. If I had tasted it before,  I would have had the possibility to bring back with me more.

This is what the web said about this tea:

An outstanding blend of black teas, evoking lemon, lime, sweet orange, bitter orange, grapefruit, bergamot and mandarin. Created by Le Palais des Thés during its first years of existence, this cocktail of 7 citrus fruits was later added to different base teas. An exclusive recipe. Can be served hot or iced.

Different of the teas produced in Georgia, Russian blends are the ones that have been drunk regularly in Russia since the 17th century. These latter teas, which in the beginning were blends of black Chinese teas, became more diversified at the end of the 19th century by the introduction of Indian teas at the Russian court, most notably Darjeeling. Since then it has been the custom to refer to all blends of Darjeeling and different Chinese black teas as Russian blends teas, whether or not they are scented with natural citrus extracts.

And this is my opinion and conclusion.

It is a black tea, no doubt.  It has a deep taste, but it does not need any sugar, honey or sweetener. It’s colour is like soft caramel and it has a mild smell of orange.  Even when the mix has some citrus you don’t taste any acid, and if you drink it hot (I haven’t yet tasted it cold) the tea doesn’t leave a bitter taste in your throat.

It is a good tea to taste in the morning with cakes not too sweet.