Lu Ann, author of The Cup Of Life, has been tagging up a storm, asking tea bloggers to answer a series of question and then tagging others to do the same. It’s a chain letter of sorts, but fortunately, she is not threatening us with destruction and mayhem if we don’t respond. My dear tea friend Robert of Lord Devotea’s Tea Spouts has asked me to play along so here goes…
1) First, let’s start with how you were introduced & fell in love with the wonderful beverage of tea.
Given that many of you have heard this tale, I’ll keep it short. My childhood tea only included Lipton tea with a heavy pour of milk and many spoonfuls of sugar when I was sick or the occasionally (likely bacteria-laden) sun tea in the summer. I also watched my grandmother routinely dry her teabags so she could use them for multiple meals. It was just after college that I encountered my first tea cafe that served more than 80 kinds of loose leaf tea and an obsession was born.
2) What was the very first tea blend that you ever tried?
I can’t say that I remember which was first but I know a very early favorite was Tealuxe’s Lady Londonderry – a black tea flavored/scented with strawberry and lemon.
3) When did you start your tea blog & what was your hope for creating it?
I launched my tea blog in September of 2007. Wow. There weren’t many of us back then. I had two kids at home, ages 2 and under, and I was looking for an outlet to share my passion for tea from the comfort of my home. I was frustrated with talk of tea that made it feel inaccessible and complicated. I wanted to share my journey with tea, to show that no one should be afraid to try teas, to ask questions, and to explore.
4) List one thing most rewarding about your blog & one thing most discouraging.
The most rewarding thing about the blog has been the relationships that have formed from it. I have made friends that I never would have met had it not been for this online connection. The most discouraging part has been when competition rears its head among bloggers. There is room for all of us, all our different styles and approaches. Yet there definitely are moments when it appears that others don’t see us all on equal footing.
5) What type of tea are you most likely to be caught sipping on?
Most days I lean toward the lighter oolongs, but when I’m in full-on tired mommy state I’ll have a hard core black tea in my hand.
6) Favourite tea latte to indulge in?
While not so much a “latte,” I guess I would say that a beautiful chai blend steeped in a blend of milk and water would be my go-to for a milk-based tea drink. I occasionally indulge in a matcha latte, but honestly, that’s dessert for me, not tea.
7) Favourite treat to pair with your tea?
McVitie’s Digestive Caramels. I don’t keep them in the house, because I know that they would become a daily indulgence instead of a treat!
8) If there was one place in the World that you could explore the tea culture at, where would it be & why?
Honestly, that is far too hard to answer. Japan, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, China, the Azores…so many places on my tea bucket list.
9) Any tea time rituals you have that you’d like to share?
Tea with the right person. It trumps the tea itself any time. And never hesitate to use that special cup or teapot. That’s what they’re for!
10) Time of day you enjoy drinking tea the most: Morning, Noon, Night or Anytime?
All day long. I particularly like an afternoon cuppa because it’s often the one I can sneak when kids are at school and the youngest is sleeping — a quiet moment of renewal.
11) What’s one thing you wish for tea in the future?
I hope that tea becomes more of a part of everyday American culture — not tea bags, not iced tea — but beautiful, magnificent loose leaf tea steeped exactly right.
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