First off i just want to say that discovering White Tea has changed my life (for the better
) I know that is a weird thing to say, but hear me out! The first time i tried white teas I disliked the taste. (thanks for nothing bagged supermarket tea!!!!) When i finally obtained some high quality white tea i was very uncertain about the flavor. It was very light indeed, almost too light for my unsophisticated palate. I did not give up though and continued to experiment. I was determined to discover why so many philosophers and connoisseurs heralded its purity.
Then one quiet evening i was drinking some white tea (white peony) and suddenly everything fell into place for me. It was during this epiphany that i realized the reason i was unable to understand this subtle tea was because my philosophy on life had become convoluted. Like most americans (and people from wealthy countries in general) i have lived my life surrounded by a sea of hedonism and escapism. The reason that i could not understand white tea was because i was expecting instant gratification (in the form of sugar, or other arresting flavors). Because of my arrogance i had completely missed the subtle beauty that lies in this tea.
It was at this point that i realized i must change my approach to tea; and to life in general. For me drinking tea is no longer about feeding a caffeine addiction or demanding instant pleasure. Drinking tea is a way of accepting reality, of coming to terms with your own being and appreciating the beauty of nature. White tea is the antithesis of escapism. It is the celebration of existence. Now that i can understand this beautiful tea my taste buds have been awakened to sensations and flavors i never dreamed were possible. Each cup is a journey filled with beauty and new discoveries. The complex and reflective nature of Yinzhen tea is truly an experience to behold!
The most wonderful thing about teasim is that the benefits and insights gained from drinking tea are flowing forth in every aspect of my life! I am a much gentler person now, and i am much more receptive to the feelings of others. I am also a happier person. The meditation spent while drinking tea has given me great insights into the meaning and enjoyment of life.
(I should mention i have only been drinking white tea for 1 month, and i am amazed at how far i have come. After a few years of drinking white tea i feel i could write several books on the subject. And who knows, after a few decades of meditating on this tea i could probably open my own monastery!)
also, since i know someone will ask, I did not put any hallucinogens in my tea!
I drink only pure, beautiful, and truthful tea.