JRS22 wrote:There are Teachatters who have become expert in one or two kinds do tea. Did you just not enjoy more varieties, or did you consciously choose to learn about your favorite, or end up as experts another way?
I don't need to be an expert, but I do want to learn enough to brew my teas with confidence that I'm getting maximum enjoyment out of them.
I am a variety junkie when it comes to tea ... though now with an acute focus and self control ... sort of.
I used to want to have every tea out there in every category, partly to live and learn with the tea experience of each selection ... but mostly for the sake of variety.
Sometimes we live and learn, sometimes we just live ... I was able to live and learn that having over 100 teas open at once was not the best way for me personally (back then samples were really hard to come by, so almost all purchases were 2-4 ounce domestic USA purchases). I became so stressed out over having so many teas open, I could almost hear them cry out as their freshness was fading. And to waste a single leaf to me seemed sacrilegious.
I realized I personally had to purposely make a choice from my experience thus far, choose a tea category and focus on that one category (and still dabble in all the other categories). I surprisingly quickly and easily decided on greens, all greens.
Suddenly the world of great Chinese greens began to open up to the West, and I dove in. And I was really loving it.
Then as chance would have it, Japanese greens suddenly began to come into my focus. I remember checking out the O-Cha site for the first time ever and after momentary disbelief thinking, "YES, I knew good Japanese greens were out there somewhere hidden from my view." My path suddenly became clear ... and as they say, the rest is history.
I am focused, but I definitely love to dabble as well.
This became my acute focus. I have always used the word "focused" to describe my interest, and "specialized" when describing vendors of personal interest.