Preconceptions

Have considered writing about tea for a long while, and am still a bit hesitant. So I’ll write about what’s holding me back and get it out of the way.

First of all, I had many preconceptions about tea when I would reject it as a choice of beverage. Was never much of an iced-tea drinker. And my perception of tea in general was stuck in the 19th Century. I saw it as a very snooty and elitist drink. So that’s my first goal-to tell how I got over that prejudice.

I’ve already gotten a bit of the ribbing I expected for writing about tea. Have heard repeatedly to write about what makes you passionate, and here it is. To many, being passionate about leaves dunked in recently cooked water is questionable. To others, it’s merely a daily beverage to be given little thought.

The one I was most concerned about, though, is the smallest most difficult audience. The tea connoisseur. What can I possibly offer that he hasn’t already read about or doesn’t already know? Well, this isn’t really for that person. There are enough of those websites/blogs.

I’d like to write about what I’ve learned so far and pull you along with me. Because of the above-mentioned passion, I’m sure at least I will be having a good time.

Try Oolong

Was once primarily a coffee drinker, but it always made my heart race when I drank as much as I wanted. My impression of tea was that it was herbal and boring. Then I somehow got hooked onto Earl Grey. Think I liked the Bergamot oil more than the actual tea, but like it I did. I was told that once I got accustomed to good black teas, I wouldn’t be able to stomach Earl Grey anymore. I guess that’s true. I see Earl Grey as a “gateway tea”. What one drinks until he gets a taste for tea.

I drank so much black tea, and slowly eased into green tea. But what really got me excited about tea after the early days was Oolong, which is also called Wu Long. Some describe it as tea halfway between green and black. Green tea is unprocessed, while black tea is entirely oxidized. Oolong falls somewhere in the middle. It can be almost not oxidized, or so far along to be almost like black tea. It’s also called brown tea. That seems accurate.

Love the taste of it. Can drink pot after pot. Easily. If black tea is too strong for you or you just can’t get used to the taste of green tea, try Oolong.

Tea drinking

The purpose of this blog is to take you with me on my search for tea.

It’s history, how it’s drunk and enjoyed, and what I find along the way.
Have been assured that my lack of knowledge is an advantage. Want to join me as I start this stumble up the meandering path?