Hi there everyone, my name’s Laura and I’m an art student here in sunny Scotland. I have been drinking ‘tea’ for years, introduced to by my parents; you know, the generic black tea bags that sit in a tub in the cupboard for months (I’m convinced even years on some occasions, haha). I never truly enjoyed it though; taking milk and an abundance of sugar for long enough (no wonder, really).
I only recently (in the last couple of months) looked into proper tea, my interest being sparked by regular blossoming, jasmine and green teas that I’ve come across in some local restaurants.
So yeah; needless to say after doing a bit of research, I was more than a little bit surprised at everything I’ve been missing out on! So as a new years resolution to myself, I’m planning to really learn about all the teas that’re out there. I have a friend also partaking on this journey with me, so it’s been fun to share our experiences together!
I just recently got myself my own little glass tea set, so it’s a starting point really. I did read somewhere that the temperature of the water and whatnot are important, although all I have access to at the moment is a generic cheap kettle to heat my water, so I’ve just been trying to regulate how hot it gets by switching it off manually; although I still have a lot to learn in that department. Ideally I’d want to invest in a good temperature control kettle, but I’ll need money before that will become a possibility.
I’ve just started with white tea; I’ve tried some jasmine silver needle, silver needle, white blueberry, white peony, white peach and white tropics (basically all the white teas available on Adagio UK’s site, haha).
My favourite’s are definitely White Peach and Jasmine silver needle at the moment, although I do enjoy the subtlety of the silver needle and the white peony too. I’m planning to try making iced tea with the white peach next. =)
I’m not really sure where to go from here; I’ll probably end up working through chai, green, rooibos, oolong and black in that order, but I’m not sure. I might mix it up a bit. I look forward to meeting people here that share my new passion and learning from those of you with a bit more experience! ^_^