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To Me There are Two Important Things About Drinking Tea...

I must admit I have to begin with the health benefits because...well, way back in the '70's when I became enamored with artisan teas it all started because I was after the antioxidants...


The surprise was I fell in love...


I discovered that people over generations had found ways to produce teas, even the same types of tea like green teas, with variation in appearance, aroma, taste, flavor and mouth feel...Artisan Techniques that impart uniqueness to microclimate teas...


To me that was a revelation and I found I could experience almost endless variety and pleasure, without even having to think about those antioxidants I was getting along with the great tea experience...


My discovery led to more intrigue, delight and then embellishment as I came to know the remarkable teas and my appreciation brought me to a place I never expected...way better than I could have imagined...


So now, there are two things that are important to me about drinking tea...and the health benefits remain number one...but honestly the shear appreciation enjoyment amazement that the tea leaf can be manipulated so artfully to bring us the experience of the unique growing regions the teas hail from but also the artisan craft that manipulates the leaf compounds into tea drinking bliss...number two is steeping the tea to the point of perfection for me, and relishing every cup.


I get both the benefits and the joy...




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