Saturday, 6 June 2009
When does enthusiasm become obsession?
I don't know how it happened. A couple of years ago I was the kind of person who would occasionally have a cup of Typhoo or a fragrant but bland herbal tea. I mean, tea was OK but nothing to get overly excited about. More of a way to step away from the keyboard during a busy work day than anything else.
Now all that has changed. It began when I bought a loose leaf tea from Fortnum & Mason. I can't even remember what made me do it. I think I was attracted to the shiny silver tin or something. But now things are getting out of hand. My tea cupboard is overflowing with green tea, oolongs, a whole array of black teas and rather lovely blends.
And buying the sacred leaf was only the start: the tins, the teapots, the strainers and other accoutrements. Not to mention considerations about what cup to serve it in; what cake or biscuit would go nicely with it; and perhaps most financially risky, where to extend my interest when not in the comfort of my own home.
So in an attempt to scratch my tea itch I'm starting a blog that will allow me to pass on my tips (pardon the pun), recommendations, and reviews. I'll also share my general thoughts about the beloved beverage (and anything else that feels of vital importance).
Now, has that kettle boiled yet..?