Substance: Tactility and Place
This release celebrates the search for substantivity—the thing itself—no matter how difficult or seemingly futile. Each of the selections for this fall seasonal release defy imitation, commodification and appropriation. They are to be appreciated just as they are, for what they are and are testament to the people and places responsible for their creation. Introduce yourself, get to know them. Sprinkle them in hot water and acquaint yourself with aromas that were imbued on the other side of the planet. Somebody—many people—put their heart into cutting the soil, planting the seeds, tending the gardens, the plucking, rolling, baking and drying of these leaves. That connection is there, you can touch it. Tea is a ritual of touch, and of the senses, and, really, a transitive process of love.