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Sweet lady Jasmine, with her pale smile, treated me well again tonight.
I’m thinking about moving into some Yellow tea in a moment, but this one was enjoyable in the mean time. Still can’t get over the scent – that alone might push me to buy a tin’s worth, and to keep an eye out for the same product from other brands.

A small note – the leaves are chewier and a bit less enjoyable than that of the Yellow tea. Comparing in my head those leaves to these, I can notice the quality differences. These leaves are just a bit more coarse, less refined. They’re not bad, necessarily – in my inexpert opinion, I’d put them at a 7 or, at a push, 8 out of 10.

I called my parents today. My mother wants me to post more things on facebook, because, strange as it is, that’s her way of making sure I’m alive and well. I told her, if she really wants to, she could check me out on here, because I post here more than on facebook. (I’m not much one for the trivialities of my generation…) When I told my parents what this site is, they laughed at me.
sigh Jasmine doesn’t laugh at me, no matter how lame I am. And onto Yellow tea!
…At 5:15 in the morning.

Angrboda

I get laughed at and mocked for this sort of tea. My aunt went so far as to prank me one year, by buying a box of the cheapest awfullest teabags in existance, cutting them open and trying to pass them off as a ‘very expensive special tea’. Because I am a fool who think I have a nice aunt, I tried really hard to find something ‘special’ about it that would justify it being so supposedly expensive. Completely ignoring the fact that a) the bag was one of those they use in the supermarket for their loose tea, b) leaf size was non-existant, little more than dust and c) if it was so highly special and expensive it was have come with a name! I felt like an idiot. Never trust people who don’t appreciate the same things as you.
Personally I can’t see why it’s any different from people collecting wines or whiskeys and what not. If this had been a site to discuss wine, nobody would have thought it the slightest bit weird. That annoys me a little sometimes, but it seems like we’re gaining followers.

Auggy

I’ve converted 2 family members (in addition to the husband) to loose teas but they still think I take this too seriously. Fortunately, hubby has a thing for single malts so he gets my tea freakiness. And my hobby is cheaper than his. But while others may humor my tea addiction, they still give me bags of herbal teas and expect me to be grateful. Thanks, but all teas are not created equal!

Angrboda

I’ve given up on trying to teach my surroundings that there is no such thing as herbal ‘tea’. I can’t really understand why the fact that if it does not contain tea leaves it is not tea is such a difficult concept. It’s not like you would go around calling something cocoa if it didn’t contain any cocoa…
I haven’t converted anybody yet, but I am trying to persuade the boyfriend to move on to loose tea. I’m selling the idea on the fact that then he wouldn’t have to import his lapsang souchong in bags from the UK, he could get a loose one here instead. :) I’m not sure how well it’s working, I’m trying to be discrete in my manipulations.

JMKauftheil

My family is still humored, when I try to make tea for them in a proper fashion, by how long it takes… I guess after spending so much time with the brewing process, you forget that it takes an seemingly unusual amount of time, what with waiting for the water to cool, letting the tea steep, tasting it to make sure it doesn’t oversteep…
My father, though, can enjoy a cup of Lungjing. He was into that before I even thought about tea, because he used to go on Business trips to Asia often, and he discovered the tea in China. My grandmother also has… some sense of taste in teas. She’s a Brit, so she’s very happy with my knowledge and practice with black teas.
I think the general idea amongst my extended family is that tea is a good hobby for me – at least it’s not drugs, right?

On that note, I’ve had friends tell me that teatime with me is like a drug deal – a high-class one, I’m assuming. While most people my age were out on weekend nights getting drunk and high, I was sitting in my room, brewing tea. I’m very out of touch with my generation…

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Angrboda

I get laughed at and mocked for this sort of tea. My aunt went so far as to prank me one year, by buying a box of the cheapest awfullest teabags in existance, cutting them open and trying to pass them off as a ‘very expensive special tea’. Because I am a fool who think I have a nice aunt, I tried really hard to find something ‘special’ about it that would justify it being so supposedly expensive. Completely ignoring the fact that a) the bag was one of those they use in the supermarket for their loose tea, b) leaf size was non-existant, little more than dust and c) if it was so highly special and expensive it was have come with a name! I felt like an idiot. Never trust people who don’t appreciate the same things as you.
Personally I can’t see why it’s any different from people collecting wines or whiskeys and what not. If this had been a site to discuss wine, nobody would have thought it the slightest bit weird. That annoys me a little sometimes, but it seems like we’re gaining followers.

Auggy

I’ve converted 2 family members (in addition to the husband) to loose teas but they still think I take this too seriously. Fortunately, hubby has a thing for single malts so he gets my tea freakiness. And my hobby is cheaper than his. But while others may humor my tea addiction, they still give me bags of herbal teas and expect me to be grateful. Thanks, but all teas are not created equal!

Angrboda

I’ve given up on trying to teach my surroundings that there is no such thing as herbal ‘tea’. I can’t really understand why the fact that if it does not contain tea leaves it is not tea is such a difficult concept. It’s not like you would go around calling something cocoa if it didn’t contain any cocoa…
I haven’t converted anybody yet, but I am trying to persuade the boyfriend to move on to loose tea. I’m selling the idea on the fact that then he wouldn’t have to import his lapsang souchong in bags from the UK, he could get a loose one here instead. :) I’m not sure how well it’s working, I’m trying to be discrete in my manipulations.

JMKauftheil

My family is still humored, when I try to make tea for them in a proper fashion, by how long it takes… I guess after spending so much time with the brewing process, you forget that it takes an seemingly unusual amount of time, what with waiting for the water to cool, letting the tea steep, tasting it to make sure it doesn’t oversteep…
My father, though, can enjoy a cup of Lungjing. He was into that before I even thought about tea, because he used to go on Business trips to Asia often, and he discovered the tea in China. My grandmother also has… some sense of taste in teas. She’s a Brit, so she’s very happy with my knowledge and practice with black teas.
I think the general idea amongst my extended family is that tea is a good hobby for me – at least it’s not drugs, right?

On that note, I’ve had friends tell me that teatime with me is like a drug deal – a high-class one, I’m assuming. While most people my age were out on weekend nights getting drunk and high, I was sitting in my room, brewing tea. I’m very out of touch with my generation…

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