Global Tea Hut – January 2015: Buddha’s Palm Oolong

Gosh, I am so behind on writing. There’s posts scheduled for all five days that I publish but sometimes things like this really great oolong from +Global Tea Hut slip through the cracks. There wasn’t time for a full photo session but in a way, I think that I might have enjoyed it more because of that. I had a quiet and meditative moment at my kitchen table. The ever faithful Zhu was my only companion. The tea was everything I wanted; aromatic, floral and expertly roasted. The articles about roasting and its history in the Taiwanese tea industry were very interesting.

The magazine that accompanies each month’s tea is always something that I look forward to. It is interesting because with each one, it seems that a different type of story will resonate with me the most. The one that I found myself reading a few times over was by Sam Gibb. He wrote candidly about being a teacher and the feeling of being a failure. Tea became a way to connect and engage with his students in a very meaningful way. I loved reading the notes from all of the kids about how they felt about tea and the changes that it brought about in their lives.

Much like a kid on Christmas morning, I really look forward to seeing what the “tea gift” will be each month. January’s enveloped brought a pair of wooden chopsticks complete with their own fabric case. The meditation cushions at Global Tea Hut were made out of the same material, tying us all together. Isn’t that a nice thought? I think I’ll go order some sushi so that I can put them to good use.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.