Sunday, August 14, 2011

How to Get Started with Tea – Drink Lots of It

I know quite a bit about tea but I am not at all what I would call an expert on the subject. However, I have learned a lot over the years. I’m intending this series of posts to be more of a primer for someone who is just getting the feet wet when it comes to tea.

It is easy for a newcomer to feel overwhelmed with the explosion of the tea industry in recent years. I know that I did when I started tea blogging way back in 2008. The easiest way to get started  is to taste as many different kinds as you can. Do it whether the tea is good, bad or ugly. Either way you will learn from it and grow. Your palate will evolve over time, making you better able to taste the nuances of a really delicate tea. You’ll notice your own tastes and preferences changing too. When I first started drinking tea, I was all about the earl grey and flavored teas. Now I still indulge in the odd flavored selection but there is a definite lean towards the more traditional, unflavored teas. It's hard not to be biased because most people have a firm idea of what they do or don't like but try to keep your mind open. Don't be afraid to try new things!

Click here to read part two of this guide, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

2 comments:

  1. I have to say the same. I used to drink more flavored teas but those have been pretty much regulated to iced teas. Now I crave a good oolong or a darjeeling.

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  2. I totally agree with this...try new things...both new styles of tea and new companies to order from. I think I have this philosophy in food too, for expanding your palate in general.

    =)

    It's fun and exciting too!

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