Those "Winning" Moments
Sooner or later we all have one of those “winning” moments.
You know that moment you have a tea epiphany.
Those moments you finally “get it”.
The AH HA moment.
The moment you find a new note in a long tried and true tea.
The moment you find the exact tea pot you have been looking for.
The moment you find something in the tea world you absolutely can not live without.
What are your “winning” tea moments?
My “winning” moments are when I get an awesome discount coupon for a tea company that I love. Or a favorite blend of mine goes on sale. :)
It is always a win when you find the exact right tea for the moment!
Also, super win in my case if I find a tea the boyfriend likes!
Last, but not least, when you read a review by someone on Steepster that picked up the same odd flavor or detail as you and proves you aren’t crazy and imagining things! :)
Visiting a tea house for the first time. I was in San Francisco for Macworld Expo and kept walking by Samovar Tea Lounge1. Finally, I took the time to go in and tried Ocean of Wisdom2 for the first time. It was my delicious introduction to the world of loose tea and certainly changed my life for the better.
Lately winning moments for me have been when I get my matcha perfectly whisked without effort.
My definite winning moment was seeing the new Forest/Fall teaware set from DAVIDsTEA online and then buying it. I don’t know anyone personally who is as passionate as I am for the forests and trees so it really felt like they made it for me haha
That is awesome CupofTree! I am totally a tree nature forrest girl myself! I would go live in the woods if I could! Grew up in them for the most part :)
Yes! living in the forest is my dream.
Lucky you for growing up in them :)
I have no forests around me (south florida) :( but I always loved trees.
After visiting the forests in the Pacific Northwest, I was completely blown away. I didn’t even know I could actually study the forests until much later, so I will be moving there soon. It is where I need to be. :)
have any photos of your forests in Kansas which I assume is where you grew up in them?
I guess I should say they are not officially “forests” more like deep woods lol.
I probably have them in old style photo albums from years and years ago – I’m 43 so photos back then were not digital haha. Mostly however are photos of me with my horses, unfortunately more of them are either me riding closer to the barn, or in shows, as when I was able to go into the woods we were not snapping pictures. I so miss those days.
That is why I love it here in the Pacific Northwest so much… all the green, the forests… so lovely. I love that we don’t have smog/air quality warnings like we would in California and Nevada. I love that I can go outside and the air smells clean and wonderful any time.
The only thing I miss about Nevada is the summers. I love the dry heat as opposed to the humidity that is here … although I’m told by my husband (who is from Minnesota) that it isn’t humid here. Or at least, not compared to Minnesota. And the only thing I miss about California is Knott’s Berry Farm and occasionally Disneyland … oh… and the strawberries.
I felt kind of similar, CupofTree! Maybe not quite as strongly as you did, but the second I saw the forest cup, I got scared about it selling out before I could get to a store.
oh that’s so cool! its the best cup ever right? I really wonder how the sales are doing and how many people had to have it as well.
Little yixing tea pots.
I fell in love with the first one I bought and want more, more, more for each well-defined tea or group of teas I like…
….(un)fortunately I’m kept in check by a limited tea things space.
Ok, I’m also a sucker for tetsubins. I own two right now and keep wanting more. I find the cast iron weight so pleasing, the way they hold heat so convenient, and so many of the designs out there so drool-inducing.
I’m not a general tea pot fiend as I’m not much into other types. Those two just make me have to rein in my buying urge. I connected so hard with them on having the first ones in my hands.
Amen to that!!! I found some REALLY amazing deals on some Testubins on Amazon although can’t attest for the quality the sets are under 40.00 for the pot and two cups! WOWZA!
I love yixing tea pots (again, from that first visit to Samovar Tea Lounge), but don’t have any. My tea process is kettle ➔ mug + infuser ➔ mug, so sadly there’s no room/need in there for a tea pot. =(
Oh, and also, as I brought up in my Samples thread, I have a huge YAY moment whenever I open a purchase and the company included some samples. I feel both appreciated as a customer and in a hurry to try them to rate and possibly buy more.
Oh, and for actions, I get this wonderful feeling each and every time I pour tea from the pot into a cup, whatever type of each I’m using. Something about the act of picking up the pot, having the fluid tip into the cup, watching it fill it… It always moves a little something in me.
When converting someone to drinking tea from their own initiative just because they smell the one you made and want to try, like my father who is a coffee addict but coffee give him really bad stomach problem and now starting drinking tea a little ( even if he was drinking tea with is father when he was younger he never thought about drinking it now before i bring some home )
I have many but…the first time I received a new tea from Verdant
that had never been reviewed scared the ….out of me! I was shocked and scared and scared and shocked! What was I going to do? I didn’t know enough about tea to write a review worthy of any tea company let alone ‘Verdant’. But, I did it!
I waited and waited…almost erasing my review a dozen times. I just knew it was horrible and that nobody would like it (especially David Duckler!). But I was wrong. Then and now, I’ve been accepted graciously by him and by you here on Steepster!
That’s what gave me confidence to continue writing.
You’re a fantastic writer, and I love reading your posts. I’m glad that you feel more confident now!
Thanks LiberTEAS you know the feeling. When you look over your shoulder when you get a compliment and say “Who are they talking about?” I’ve laughed with my daughter and said, “These people have no idea what a nut I am!” But when you’ve been told you are worth nothing…and then people like you and others say nice things…it’s humbling.
I know that feeling all too well… I grew up with a bully step-mother and I constantly was fed the verbal abuse … so when I hear something positive, it is tremendously humbling and also self-affirming. You are a wonderful person … and you have really good taste in tea too! :)