Before we get into the nitty gritty of tasting and talking all things tea (that’ll come later on in the month), I figured a great way for you all to get to know me a little more, would be to let you in on what I consider to be 10 of my top tea habits and elaborate on them… Let’s dive in, shall we?
1. No sugar, no problem.
While admittedly I haven’t been able to cut sugar completely out of my day-to-day, I have learned to drink at least ninety percent of my tea without any form of additional sweetener. That is, unless I feel like the cup absolutely needs it, but then again, a splash of milk or cream tends to solve the problem just fine.
2. What is a sommelier, you ask?
Even though my studies are currently on hold (due to an insufficient number of registered students), I really feel like my recent tea sommelier training has changed my life for the better! I have learned so much, not just about tea, but about myself as a tea drinker.
3. Not my cup of tea.
Once upon a time… I want to say, about 5 years ago, I used to be heavily against drinking green tea. It just never appealed to me, and always tasted either too bitter or too “healthy”, whatever that means. But to be honest, I think a large majority of the green tea I was consuming back then was of a subpar quality. And I am happy to say that it is a tea type I have really grown to love.
4. A bitter pill to swallow.
My current kettle and first of the variable temperature variety, was a Christmas gift from my fiance early on in our relationship. There was a long period of time where I thought it wasn’t doing its job correctly, because a lot of my teas were tasting bitter and “burnt”. Eventually I realized that the kettle was working just fine, and that I just wasn’t a fan of strong, astringent teas in general, and adjusted my preparation methods accordingly going forward.
5. Pu’erh? Pee-yuu.
Of all the tea types, I really don’t care much for pu’erh. To me, the earthiness is beyond my comfort zone, and sometimes fishy smell puts me off. Maybe one day I can develop a taste for it…
6. Just brew it…
Ironically enough, I have worked at a number of Canadian coffee store chains that also sell/serve tea (Tim Hortons, Second Cup, etc.), but have yet to be hired by a strictly tea based shop.
7. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
It has come to a point where I have found that I am able to drink caffeinated tea throughout the entire day, with little to no effect whatsoever. The only time I feel particularly affected by caffeine is when my anxiety is especially high. Otherwise, I drink whatever I want, whenever I want.
8. Is it tea you’re looking for?
My fiance, Keith likes to take credit for this next fact any chance he can, so I’m going to give credit where it’s due. September 8th, 2015 is when we first step foot into a DAVIDsTea store. We tried Honey, I Dew (now unfortunately discontinued) iced, and the rest is history! The obsession kicked in almost immediately!
9. One cup at a time…
Whenever I visit a new place [on vacation], I typically like to seek out a new mug to commemorate the trip. Typically one from Starbucks’ “You Are Here/Been There” collection. So far I have one for Las Vegas, New York, Niagara Falls and Toronto (got to represent my city!), which isn’t very much, but hopefully I’ll be able to accumulate more in the near future!
10. The more [blank]… the better.
Cardamom. Cardamom is a fragrant spice (deriving from the ginger family) that is green in colour and an ingredient that I LOOOOOVVVVEEE to see in chai tea blends! One of my favourite teas is DAVIDsTea’s Kashmiri Chai, which is pretty heavy handed with cardamom, and overall a lighter take on traditional masala chai. Ahmad Tea’s Cardamom black tea is also a staple at my house!
Now that my list has come to an end, I would love to know… Do you have any distinct tea habits? Sound off in the comments below!
Stay tuned for… my first official tea review!
Until we steep again…