Well, I’m back…Sort of. Allergy season kicked my ass this year, then I had a cold, and on top of all that I am still on a medication that has the potential to affect my sense of smell (but only for two more months).

I decided to delete my (bad) rating on this one. I recently tried another of Mandarin Tea Room’s teas, and it had to have been one of the best if not the very best tea I’ve ever had. I now trust that when I tasted this, there was something wrong with my palate and not the tea! I also wish I’d had the patience to brew this gong fu style, but I was just starting to drink tea again after having months with an impaired sense of smell.

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Tea means so many things to me, it is so deep and it is revealing new meaning to me all the time.

Tea is a mindfulness practice, and a doorway through which to explore different philosophies, cultures, and historical times. Tea is hospitality and a way of communion. Tea is an art, a ritual, and a tradition. Tea is a complement to the foods I eat (preferably vegan desserts) and is something I enjoy collecting and curating.

I love to swap, or even just send people samples, so if there’s anything in my cupboard you’d like to try, just send me a message!


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