I'm trying to "narrow" down my tea selection and could use some suggestions.
I’m trying to narrow down the teas I can’t be without. I need to spend less on tea and save for things like travel. I’ve ranted how I’ve always wanted to go to Europe. Now I should execute the means to do it. The Misty Mountain and the French Toast Dianhong are definite. I will also be watching Liquid Proust and A Quarter to Tea for anticipated new releases. The best Dan Cong and Qi Lan for the best price are also definite, which I’m leaning towards What-Cha and or Berylleb Tea King for (unless any of you can name more). The best and cheapest Dong Ding and Milk Oolong. J-Tea, I have to at least try. A good coffee replacement is also on my consideration (looking to you Eco-Cha Dong Ding). Loashan Roasted Oolong from Verdant, maybe. A good herbal (Winterwolf and or Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride). I know this is not a narrow list, but I’m trying to push it down further. Letting go of material attachment can be sooooo much fun. Tell me all your thoughts.
Instead of focusing on picking out teas you definitely want in your cupboard, you might just want to set up a budget. I have a specific amount that I set aside for tea each month, and sometimes also draw a bit from my “clothing and misc. spending money” for the month. This forces me to consider what I want to spend my money on regularly, and decide what I really want to buy right now, and what I can put off buying until later. You’ll be able to figure out what teas you consider essential pretty quickly after that. Good luck! I just reduced my tea budget since we have another baby coming, so I understand the difficulty of cutting back on tea buying.
Three separate $50 purchases between Berylleb, Yunnan Sourcing, and What Cha, should provide some of the everyday teas. Unsure what kind of budget you’re trying to go for, but $25 a month with a $200 starting cost would be $500 a year or $1.37 a day; I find that reasonable for having high quality tea.
Here’s a starting point for some everyday stuff:
100g Wild Dianhong, Berylleb
100g Snow Dragon, Yunnan Sourcing
100g Red Buffalo, What Cha
If you need some direction to go from there, let me know; I believe I’ve given sound advice for tea recommendations in the past :)