Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Reader Questions: Do You Ever Get Tired of Tea?

I think this may be the question that I get asked most often, especially by non-tea drinkers. It's an understandable thing to wonder about. I started this blog a little over seven years ago and to date I've reviewed over 940 teas. When I first started this journey I assumed that there would come a point of saturation. How much tea could one person drink? I'm happy to admit that I was very wrong about that. The world of tea is seemingly small but in reality it is unfathomably huge. It's also constantly evolving. Although there have a been a handful of repeats for me, they have been fairly far and few between.

I think a big part of why I'm still so interested in tea is that my approach is not about health or its purported benefits. Those are a great side affect but my mentality is more like a wine or beer connoisseur. The motivation behind a lot of what I do is expanding my knowledge, improving my palate and diving deeper down the rabbit hole. The history and culture behind the leaf still captivates me just as much as it did when I first started. Even after making the jump to working in tea retail, I still go home and gongfu whatever I'm in the mood for. There isn't a day that goes by without me learning something new about tea. That comes not only through reading books but blog posts, tweets and a ton of other sources. It's impossible to know it all and in a way, that is what keeps me going.

I'd love to hear what you guys think. Could you ever get tired of tea?