I meditated after seeing this painting and what came to me was a story about these characters I named “Tiger God” and “The Fish Woman.” The Fish Woman is looking forward into the future where there are no boundaries, the sky’s the limit and she’s literally coming out of her shell to signify she is no longer stuck in the past. The Tiger God faces backward into the past and looks over his shoulder at her in judgment and condemnation. He is literally cloaked in tradition, secretive and stuck in the past and in fear. To tell this story through my tea I chose a strawberry ginger toffee blend with a dragonwell base. Dragonwell represents the Tiger God. It is one of the oldest most traditional teas. It’s got a crisp sea like taste to it and it’s light enough not to drag down the hope of the Fish woman which I represented with strawberry, and wanted to be the overriding flavor. The toffee represents new directions and is the last flavor you taste.
Description Of Olfactory: I thought “How am I going to turn this painting into a tea?” I settled on a strawberry ginger toffee blend with a dragonwell base. I chose dragonwell it cause it’s one of the oldest teas and therefore, traditional. It’s got a crisp sea like taste to it. It is lighter in flavor so that the hope (represented by the strawberry) can ride the flavor and not be dragged down by the traditional heavy past. I used ginger cause it’s old and global. The strawberry provides hope and knowledge that there is a good future ahead so I wanted that to be the most dominant flavor. The toffee represents new directions and is the last flavor you can taste.