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RealPretendPsychic

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Ok so SWMBO may disagree, but I have turned her into a tea drinker so I’m sure she will come around. I have recently moved on from cigars and pipes and anything smokable in search of a new vice. I’ve always been a tea drinker and usually have a few different bagged and loose teas in the house along with a stovetop and an electric kettle.

So my question is what’s next?! Any suggestions on furthering my tea drinking journey?
 

Pepin

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Loose leaf tea, so many different types.

Look for a local seller, or try some online.

I have used Tealish a Toronto tea shop for years.

Black, white, green teas, Rooibois, herbal, flavoured black teas.

All are different and very nice.
 

Doc4

Moderator Emeritus
Get a gaiwan, and start exploring traditional Chinese tea ... oolong and even puer.
 
I actually like to make mine in my French press. Rooibos, green teas, black teas...I enjoy a wide variety.

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I've been drinking and learning about tea for a long time. Tea quality has improved in recent years. Even the commodity tea market is pretty decent. For less expensive. but enjoyable teas, Harney and Sons, Smith Tea, Adagio, and others are solid companies. For the more expensive specialty teas, I've had good luck with Floating Leaves (excellent Taiwanese oolongs), Silk Road Teas, Hatvala, Teawala, for starters.

The best thing to do if you're wanting to try specialty teas is to buy a sampler pack. Also, you can get some samples and ideas by attending a tea festival. I attend the annual NW Tea Festival in Seattle. There are others throughout the country.
 
So, you are looking for a new addiction...I mean hobby. I have to tell you that B&B's policy toward enabling is completely positive and we wholeheartedly support the taking up of new addict.....hobbies.

Teavivre
Tea Lyra
Yunan Sourcing
and several other places are ripe with tasty pickings. Order up a few sample packs to broaden your horizons. Don't shy away from the harder dru....I mean teas. Who knows, you just might like the Puers or a good Lapsang Souchong.
 
Lapsang Souchong (Lapsang souchong - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapsang_souchong) Smoked tea. It is not really a black tea, but it is very similar with a smokey smell and taste. It does not really become bitter even when brewed for a longer time.
Matcha (Matcha - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha) It is IMHO the espresso among the teas. Finely powdered green tea. It is the most expensive tea I know. I have seen up to $70 for one ounce. There is special equipment for making matcha tea, i.e. a bowl, a bamboo whisk and a bamboo spoon.
 
I get many of my teas from here:


The world of tea has endless variety. I'm a fan of many. Puerh, dark teas, oolong, Chinese and Japanese green, white, black, flavored and not, even now more herbals as I've cut my caffeine significantly. I have an entire kitchen cabinet devoted to tea.

I suggest trying a few different kinds. Do you want to go more unflavored tea, or some fancy blends?
 
I agree, get yourself a Gaiwan if you're going to be making Chinese looseleaf teas (oolongs, pu erh, green tea, white tea, etc) or a kyusu if you'll be making Japanese teas. My personal favorite is a Japanese Oolong, but it is pricier than your Senchas or lower end (doesn't have to mean bad) Chinese Oolongs. Although I guess coffee and a lot of other things are just as pricy if not more.
 
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