Since the age of 16, I've found myself steeped in the mysterious world of 'The Way of Tea'. What started as sipping jasmine tea has become my ever growing tiny collection of tea samples which I brew in my little red pot. Milk Oolong from Taiwan (it doesn't have any milk in it, but a sweet aroma and taste, amazing!), silver needle white tea (young leaves with the scent and flavour of sweet hay) and 20 year old Pu'erh tea (yes... tea that was picked 20 years ago; it smells like old leaf pile, but I swear it's good!)
Those are just some samplings of my tiny collection; I tend to buy small amounts to try and then I record the experience in my tea journal (I'm trying to be more minimalist about the whole endeavour and not end up with a pantry full of stale tea!). Of course, it's always fun to share the experience with friends and loved ones as well. Sometimes I like to do more of a 'ceremony' type feel, meditative tea drinking, and sometimes just in silence my husband and I will have some tea in the morning. While a tea bag can suffice, there is something so intentional to taking the time to prepare and brew loose leaf, good quality teas. If you've never had the experience, I recommend watching this video and starting off with a tea like this delicious Milk Oolong.