Having never been tagged before, I consider it such an honor being tagged by Jen, International Tea Moment . I also want to thank Lu Ann author of The Cup Of Life, for coming up with this informative structure. Although many of the responders I already read, and follow, I so enjoy their tea take on things that I am compelled to read their responses.
So here we go!
1) How was I introduced & fell in love with the wonderful beverage tea. As a child, with roots stemming from the West Indies, (at the time an English colony, oh boy I’m giving away too much here) tea was always served to adults. Typically tea with milk and sugar, when a child complained of a tummy ache, or onset of a cold, tea and toast was offered as a light meal that would not compromise the condition. During full-blown illness rum and herbs were always stored in bottles for fever breaking rubdowns. These home grown remedies served their purpose. I always felt better after the treatments, especially the rubdowns getting intoxicated by the smell would put me right to sleep. Tea specifically Lipton was always on the shelf in our household and a cup always offered to guests arriving from overseas.
2) What was the very first tea blend you ever tried? Does half and half qualify? In my neighborhood, during summer months, street vendors would have huge vats of this mixture half lemonade, half sweet tea available for purchase.
3) When did you start your tea blog and what was your hope for creating it? The story goes like this. I had been in the industry for a few years and had started a twitter account when it became popular. I started following some of the more interactive, boisterous, humorous, knowledgeable persons. The likes of The Devotea, Lahikmajoe Drinks Tea , Lazy Literatus , Tea Philosophy et al. I read, although I never interacted. It was at the World Tea East, PA, where I was introduced to VL Hamilton, Tea Philosophy that I was awestruck meeting her in person. We started a conversation about the tweeters and I happened to remark that Robert, The Devotea and Ken, Lahikmajoe might be the same person. Well, I posted this to twitter, uproar ensued between those two and myself. I found out they had their blogs on Teatra.de and I was encouraged by Jackie one of the founders to start a blog of my own. That was September 2011 when Conversations with Tea/Cooking with Tea was born. Wanting to have a forum not specific to cooking, Scandalous Tea was created and named by Robert as he responded to one of my tweets as scandalous. My hope for creating it? I had none, I think of it as a way to communicate events, ideas, and insights of my experiences with tea.
4) List one thing most rewarding about your blog and one thing most discouraging. Most rewarding: I can express my thoughts in so many ways, I create with tea, and contributions could be a photo, poetry, prose and such. It can help to inform and educate. I can also bring to light issues that may be on the minds of few, or many, to the forefront. Most discouraging: all those who read and do not respond by responding we create connection, the connection that tea has at the base of its history and throughout the world.
Oh and by the way negative comments will be reviewed and may not be posted unless it applies directly to the topic. So if you say my writing is less than acceptable, you can be sure I will take this under advisement, although you will not see it in the responder commentary.
5) What type of tea are you most likely to be caught sipping? An Oolong, I adore oolongs and like my writing and topics, the leaves expel new flavor and nuance in my cup with additional infusions. Currently, my favorites are Wood Dragon Oolong and Island Green from Hawaii although it is named green it is an oolong with a very distinct island aroma that takes me to the place of origin as soon as I open the pouch.
6) Favorite tea latte to indulge in? Matcha Latte is an occasional treat.
7) Favorite treat to pair with your tea? I am practiced in pairing lots of food items with tea and with my experimentation; cooking with tea, I find some very unusual combinations. For example one of my tea and cheese favorite pairing, La Tur a cheese from Piemonte, Italy (blend of cow, goat, sheep milk cheese) with The Devotea, USA, Rose Blush, black tea, rose petals and vanilla. The creamy consistency of the cheese allows the subtle flavors of the tea shine a very special treat. I also have created extensive beer & tea pairings, chocolate & tea pairings and create unique tea experiences.
8) If there was one place in the world that you could explore the tea culture at, where would it be and why? Although Taiwan may be in my future, where I would most like to visit for cultural tea experience is Morocco, I think the color, and beauty of this part of the world would be inspiring.
9) Any teatime rituals you have that you’d like to share? Sundays with Michael, Tea Geek , at the Tea salon G+ meeting. Whilst not a true tea ritual, the meeting signifies the end and beginning of my week. Our meeting always informative a new tea is scheduled for each week and it is always a wonderful experience.
10) Time of day you enjoy drinking tea the most: Morning, Noon, Night, or anytime? Tea is so much a part of my existence. I enjoy it at all times of day, with each mood, each event, and each function of my day.
11) What’s one thing you wish for tea in the future? My wish is that wherever I am, in a tea cafe, restaurant, coffee shop etc. that I would be able to get a quality cup of loose leaf tea.
Jen, Tea Moment again thanks for the tag
Lu Ann The Cup Of Life thanks for the concept
Cups up to all!
BTW if the previous responders would also post their entries to the TeaBloggers Roundtable G+ site that would be great. Thanks
Chris Giddings; Tea-Guy
Linda; Tea Stylist
Marilyn; Delights of the Heart
Stephanie; Steph’s Cup of Tea