Golden Slumbers is a smooth, soothing tea to drink before bedtime, with hints of nutty flavour that for me, harken back to childhood, when my Mum would take us off to bed after a nice warm cup, and of course, our bedtime stories. Some memories never fade. And when neither of those did the trick to get my sister and I off to sleep, Mum would finish off with a soothing rendition of the lullaby
“Golden Slumbers, kiss your eyes
Smiles Awake you when you rise
Sleep little darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullaby"
(Anybody still awake?)
Golden Slumbers holds another memory of Paul and Ruth slugging it out together on the piano when she couldn’t quite master the sheet music. He sat beside her and they worked on the chords, and she was so happy when she heard him singing it on the Abbey Road album.
Toasty and nutty notes leap from a cup that is also sprinkled with lightly vegetative flavor throughout.
INFORMATION: This is a specialty Japanese style green tea (normally a high grade of Japan Sencha) that is blended with fire-toasted rice. The fresh vegetative character of the green tea is imparted on the cup but it is tempered with the bakey-like character of the rice. There is a natural sweetness and almost chewy character to the finish of this tea. During the firing of the rice, it is not uncommon for rice to 'pop' not unlike popcorn, hence the pet name 'popcorn-tea'. Legend has it that during the 1400's an important samurai warlord in Hakone on the Izu Peninsula of Honshu Island (the Izu Peninsula is near the Shizuoka area) was having tea in the morning discussing a battle strategy with his patrol leaders. A servant by the name of Genamai was serving hot tea to the group. Leaning over to give tea to the warlord, rice that he had surreptitiously taken for a morning snack fell out of his pocket into the steaming hot tea. Some popped upon hitting the hot tea. The warlord was incensed, jumped up brandishing his samurai sword he promptly cut of Genamai's head in one fell swoop. He then sat down to continue the meeting. Despite the fact that the tea had been tarnished he drank it anyway. The flavor was very unique and he enjoyed it tremendously. In honor of poor Genamai he pronounced that this rice and tea be served every morning and be called 'Genmaicha' (cha being the name of 'tea' in Japanese)