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Monday, August 9, 2010

I have become a tea snob.

Hello Folks, I have a confession to make. I have become a tea snob. One of those snobs that we all hate. At first it was kind of fun I would go into Teavana and pick on the people that work in store by asking them questions that I knew they couldn't answer. Then I found myself picking on servers at my favorite tearooms. Then I started to refuse CTC tea now I know that something like 3/4 of the tea drinking world drinks CTC tea but I think I am to good to drink it. I am a tea snob.
Over the 8 or 9 years that I have been really drinking a lot of tea now I have watched my pallet change and develop. I was a smoker for a lot of years as well as a user of chewing tobacco. So I started with Lapsong Souchong from there I moved on to Assam's. The Assam phase lasted for several years. Next I was on to Keemun's and Yunnan's. Of course I made side trips to Darjeeling, Nilgiri, and I have tried to devlope a taste for green tea. Green tea and I still are not friends but I keep trying. My newest love is Oolong, I truly love this complex elixir. Now here's where the tea snob comes out I was at the world tea expo and tasted a wonderful Oolong from New Zealand then in my mind I started to question it's not from China or Taiwan is it really a Oolong? I am Mr Teaman and I really am a tea snob.