No tea of the month for December: lots of good tea sessions, morning sencha, afternoon oolongs, evening puerhs, another session or two with the marvelous Gu Zhu Zi Sun green tea from Norbu, a really fine session with the loose 2009 Lao Ban Zhang mao cha from Norbu, an excellent session finishing off the Osmanthus fragrance Dan Cong from TeaHabitat, some very nice 'Kirameki' sencha from O-Cha, and a very nice session with a fresh box of Hankook's Hwang Cha, but no one that I drank several times or that was so far above the rest. It really was quite a good tea month.
What stood out more in December was Teaware--a new guinomi, a recent session where I finally shot several newer teapots and cups and a few teas (photos still not all finished/posted yet). And yesterday's teaDay (yes, it was January, but just barely!) included a surprise discovery of what appears to be a quite large 'yixing' pot, with matching cups, among the kitchen gadgets stuffed into every possible nook and cranny of my dad's den. It is unlabelled, and there is no packaging with it to give any clue when or how he obtained it. I'll be posting pictures later in the Yixing topic.
Today, no tea yet--started with hot chocolate instead. Tea soon.