I wouldn't say that I'm the J.K. Rowling of tea journalling, but it has definitely become a healthy habit for me over the past couple of years. If you have a wicked tea habit, I highly suggest that you journal.
As I mentioned in my last article, my family and I just returned from a glorious trip to Washington, D.C. My husband thinks we went to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, but I know we went because I had a laundry list of tea places to stop at. That said, let me get right to it!
I first fell in love with tea in a little shop called Todd & Holland Tea Merchants located in Forest Park, IL. I was visiting my sister who had just moved to Chicago and had no idea what loose leaf tea was all about. After a green tea tasting event with Bill Todd, I was hooked. Japanese Cherry was one of four teas that I purchased that day and have coveted ever since.
When looking at accessories, there are a few guidelines that I use to choose something for Joy's Teaspoon: Does it make brewing tea easy? Is there something about this product that really sets it apart from others that I carry (or have my eye on)? Does it fit with our JOYful Environmental Program? Pricing?
This stuff was strong with a capital “BICEP”. The forefront of the golden brew was hoppy as heck – a placeholder for all IPAs – but possessed a spicy underpinning throughout. It was difficult to pinpoint what spices came to the fold first, so I’ll just go with “allspice” as a general mouthfeel. It tapered off nice and bitterly, as it should.