Here’s one big lesson that my collection of tea books never prepared me for: I’m constantly wrong about tea. (And I teach tea for a living!)
I like having my facts straight, and I like getting things right.
So when I got into tea, I studied it pretty obsessively. I took notes, looked up brewing techniques, and made sure I could name at least 20 cultivars of Wuyi oolong, cause I liked those.
But the truth is, tea is one of those things that’s never absolute.
No matter how much we study, research, and memorize, there’s always a “well, actually…” tagged onto the end.
There’s always someone who knows a little more. They can name 50 or even 100 Wuyi cultivars AND the years they were established. Even the experts get things wrong all the time.
And you know what? That’s OK. At the end of the day, tea isn’t about memorizing facts. It’s about using them — and questioning them, if need be — to brew better tea.
Being right all the time is boring.
Sometimes, being wrong is infinitely more fun.