My Tea Obsession


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"Cup, cup, cup, cup. Of, of, of, of."  If your mind immediately went to the musical "My Fair Lady", then you and I could be the best of friends.  Seriously, I love Audrey Hepburn and I love "My Fair Lady."  And, I love tea.

So how did this tea relationship begin?  Growing up, the only tea I drank was good ole southern sweet iced tea.  If you're truly southern born and bred you know that buying unsweetened tea in non-southern restaurants and trying to sweeten them after the fact, is really impossible.  I love sweet iced tea and my mom's is the best.  No lie.  Ok, back to the tea relationship.  The only person I knew who drank hot teas was an aunt in New York.  Seriously, it seemed she thought she was British by adoption.  She called everyone by their first and middle names and drank hot tea served in fancy china teacups every day.  Tea with biscuits (cookies) in fact, and she went to London like every two years or something.  If that was what hot tea was about, I was having no part of it.  I was a bit of a tomboy back then and all that frilly fufu stuff was not for me.

In college I was reintroduced to hot teas by an upperclassman friend who lived off campus and drank tea.  Then it was further reinforced by a different aunt who loved tea as well.  The first herbal tea that I fell in love with was a loose tea - Cardamon Cinnamon Herbal Full-Leaf Tea made by The Republic of Tea.    
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This may have not been the case, but it surely felt like I was the only college student who had infuser spoons and balls in my dorm room:


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Since those days, I've sampled many teas.  I spent some years drinking teas for the flavor of them, but in these last few years or so I've mostly enjoyed teas that have some medicinal value to them, like green teas.

I've also stepped up my tea accessories.  I still do have the infuser spoon, but I never use it.  Now I have two steepers.  The first two are a set (the teapot and the storage canister)  The second (the white crane cup) is a gift from a friend...

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There is so much to be learned about tea, but one thing I do know is that all teas are not created equal.  The same name does not mean the same great taste.  When you find a specific tea you like, remember it.  Seriously, I still have the packaging for about 2 or more years now for this very special tea that I love.  It came from China and the parent of a Chinese student is looking for it in New York this weekend.  Crossing my fingers.

So now you may understand a bit why I'm so excited about the Tea and Yarn Swap.  Don't get me wrong.  I do love a good cup of coffee here or there too, but I have so many more tea choices that it's hard to refuse it.

Until next time,
 

2 comments:

  1. Pour, pour me. You see, I'm addicted to coffee and wish I was a tea drinker. I'm going to have to steep on this one, because you've got this tea-enthusiast thing in the bag.

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  2. I just came home after buying the tea and yarn for my swap partner. So excited! I hope my partner likes them. I have never tasted this tea before but it looks so good that I may buy another packet for me next time.
    I love the Korean tea cup. I wish I had one!

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