I agree. I guess I could create my own blend. I have about 10 teas that I enjoy right now in my kitchen. Maybe I could start there. It's like having my own tea laboratory.
That's a fabulous idea, and it's oodles of fun. My tea-blending addiction...um, *hobby* is referred to in our house as "Mad Tea Science" because of all the measuring and note taking. A helpful heads-up -- you'll want to figure out a convenient way to store the sample tins, or you can quickly end up with a tribble-like infestation of them all over your kitchen. (We're building a new shelving system, but had been thinking of that anyway since there's so much tea in our kitchen. The profusion of tiny tins just cinched the deal :>)
We actually took some of our practices with wine and transferred it to tea, i.e. writing down everything that we've tried and giving it a rating on a scale from 1-10 and description. We found that referring to our list helps when we go to buy new teas.
Reading that made me happy -- the thought that folks are keeping tea journals, essentially, is ever so nifty. I added a Tea Blends tab to my planner recently -- the first time I'd ever bothered to use one of the blank tab stickers in umpteen years
[/quote]If you know of some blends that I would like that are not overpowering, please let me know.[/quote]
The Big Lebowski blend is very "tea-flavored" http://bit.ly/9DSNI3, as are a couple of others in that series. (Over The Line! comes to mind, although there are other flavor notes in it, it's still very green tea-flavored http://bit.ly/9DSNI3 )
Once-in-a-while we will purchase a tea that is outside of our norm, just to keep things from being too stagnant.
Please forgive me for the crass self-promotion, but given your discerning approach to tea, I'd be really tickled to hear what your thoughts on my Southworth blend are, should you decide to give it a try. It's a strong tea, but it's not really a strong *flavored* tea, if that makes sense.
Anyhoo -- I'll post a reply the next time I make a subtle, clean blend. Thanks for the suggestion in general!