I’ve been fortunate enough to have had some teas that were just out of this world insane.
Teas that were so good, or so moving, they changed my life at the time.
For a couple of them, I might have even cried a little.
I know that sounds batshit crazy but I’m going to tell it like it is, because when I’m on my deathbed, I’m not going to remember the TDS count of the water I used to compete at Tea Masters Cup, or the cultivar of whatever Darjeeling I sourced for a client one year, as much as I love that side of tea…
I’ll remember these moving as f*ck teas, though, because of the way they made me feel.
Just to name a few:
- 2008: White Ayurvedic Chai from my sister in a pretty Teavana tin.
- 2010: Some nameless souvenir oolong from Taiwan, from one of my dad’s friends at work.
- 2015: Da Yu Ling oolong from my tea family at jhentea.
- 2016: 1970s Baozhong from Eric Glass, originally from Shiuwen at Floating Leaves Tea.
- 2019: 2012 Wild Mountain White from Tea & Whisk, just turned my heart inside out
And so on.
I know these teas will follow me forever, because years after, I’m still ranting and raving about those teas like I just had them yesterday.
Like, dude, my dad’s friend gave us that Taiwanese oolong 8 years ago now.
Did that lady know she’d be shaping some unsure, anxious kid’s tea journey (and career, really) when she gifted us some tea? Just to be nice, really?
You can never predict how your tea practice might impact someone else’s life, tea and otherwise.
Pour tea as much as you can, and as generously as you can.