The problem with tea

Thursday November 09, 2006 @ 10:59 PM (UTC)

I am addicted to tea. This I know. I have this idea that, just perhaps, taking down my canisters of tea one after another just to sniff their contents and enjoy the secure and comfortable way the tins close is not normal.

But as addictions go, the costs are easy to control, and it actually benefits my health, so I refuse to give it up. The problem is that it grows. I must try new kinds of tea, and I am almost always unwilling to part with an old kind of tea. I prefer to add to my repertoire rather than maintain it at any given size. Recently I’ve ordered a few ‘Sip by Sip samplers’ from Republic of Tea, and picked up some other samples from the bulk tea section at New Seasons. This gives me access to more varieties than my usual habit of going to my favorite tea shop and smelling tins until I like something. Also, it doesn’t require me and my wallet to go to my favorite tea shop.

The problem? As hinted above, once I have any sort of tea or tisane in my house that I like even a bit, it’s hard to imagine NOT being able to brew that particular tea or tisane on demand. I already more or less monopolize two cupboards with tea stuff. How much more can the kitchen hold?


And I thought my two shelves (three if you count cups) was a serious addiction!

I’m counting cups and pots…and to be honest, a little stash of cocoa and coffee. Really. I challenge you to look some time. Hot beverages: 2 cupboard doors.

You may be aware that I have recently wedded another addict of your peculiar perversion. I myself really can’t quite get the taste for the stuff, despite a concerted effort over the last few seasons. But I am a connoisseur of connoisseurships, so I have gather knowledge about the goodness of teas, according to the ratings of a number of others, which may indeed be more objective than if I just rated them myself.

Which is to say, while Republic puts out (on national distribution) the best white teas (I even like their white honeysuckle) and some very pleasant fruits (blackberry sage, blueberry, and of course ginger peach), Golden Moon is easily the most reliably superlative tea. They have the best Moroccan Mint, a similarly best imperial oolong, and they also carry less common gems like Honey Pear. No Golden Moon sampled to date has dissapointed, which cannot be said of many other brands.

Regarding you stock, I suppose I have been conditioned to think this is natural, as tea lasts well, is relatively cheap as beverages go-even for the really good stuff-and suitable for just about all occasions.

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