Ingredients: schizandra berries, rose hips, orange peel, hibiscus flowers*, suma root, lemon verbena leaf, holy basil leaf, linden leaf & flower
* Hibiscus is intercropped with peanuts & shell fragments are occasionally found
Good for: Chi, harmony, & balance
Tastes like: A unique mix of flavors - sour and exotic
Makes you feel like: A cat wandering around a Turkish art museum
Art by: Alyssa Shea
94 grams / 36 servings (1.5 tsp per 8 oz water)
The Cat's Out of the Bag!
This is my "going to the art gallery" tea - originally designed after a friend's worldly & eclectic art gallery in Baltimore.
As far as flavors are concerned, Class Cat is the most unique tea here. That’s because the main element, shisandra berry, has all five flavors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (which is pretty rare). In TCM, different areas of your tongue correspond to specific organs. If you were to eat a balanced meal – sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and bitter – your organs would be balanced, too. Since schisandra has all five flavors, it is considered medicine for your soul!
I like to pair the pungent berry with holy basil to give your soul a buzz. These two flavors guide the mix, while hibiscus, rose hips, orange peel, and linden blossoms act as a tight backing band. The last addition is suma root, an adaptogen from the Amazonian region. Suma restores vital energy and its powers are enhanced when combined with schisandra. Chi, zen - whatever you wanna call it - this tea makes you feel lifted and grounded at the same time!
Vinyl Pairing: Ravi Shankar & London Symphony Orchestra – Concerto for Sitar & Orchestra (1971)
There’s plenty of Ravi records out there and quite a few are “East Meets West” type collaborations. Here’s one that’s inna-restin’… Ravi and his sitar backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. This album is a perfect fit for Class Cat – worldly, meditative, and wild!
Further Listening: Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin - West Meets East (1967); Vincent Bell - Pop Goes The Electric Sitar (1968)