What do we need to know before we can get started?
Today we are covering a crucial part to create our own sound of tea. We are going to talk about the importance of choosing the right tea leaves.
Because first, we need to get the basics right. And what could be more important than choosing the right tea leaf to start with? So before we go any further, let's have a look at the picture below.
What you see is a nice pile of freshly hand-picked white tea leaves (the package arrived yesterday straight outta China). To avoid any damage and to keep their maximum flavor, these leaves are handled and packed with the greatest care.
Now let's have a look at the second picture.
What's the first thing you've noticed? Which tea would have the most flavors do you think? If your answer is the second one, well... I'll give you one more chance to figure it out...
Of course, it's the tea from the first picture. How could it be not? We are comparing fresh handpicked tea leaves with a bunch of broken tea leaves, chopped and put together in a small bag.
And unfortunately, this second picture is showing how commercial tea mostly is consumed.
"Does this mean I have been drinking my tea the wrong way all those years?"
No! There’s nothing wrong enjoying an occasional cup of tea made this way. But if you are a true fan and you enjoy your daily cup of tea, I certainly encourage you to try and take it to the next level.
Because there are so many different kinds of teas out there, the flavors to explore are endless. Whereas commercial tea will taste almost everytime the same.
What do pizza and tea have in common?
Let's say you like to eat pizza. There's nothing wrong with buying a frozen pizza now and then. But if you want to experience a fresh pizza with lots of intense flavors, where do you go? That's right, you go to an Italian restaurant.
And even if you keep going to that same Italian, with the same chef-cook in the kitchen, there's still a chance your pizza will taste a little bit different each time.
And the same goes for your tea. That same tea-tree produces the same leaves for years and years. And still, their taste is a little bit different each harvest. And that's the beauty of it when you're using full tea leaves.
Okay, we're convinced and on our way...but where can we find those full tea leaves?
If you want to start using full tea leaves but don't know where to look for them, don't worry. We're going to figure this out later on. We'll do a complete post to help you find high-quality tea leaves.
So after reading this article. And seeing those pictures. I hope you realize the importance of choosing the right tea leaves. And that you are aware of the power that lies in such a small plant.
And so...step by step we’re getting closer to create our perfect sound of tea.
Now If you have any question or maybe already experienced with full tea leaves I would love to hear from you. And you may leave a comment below.
See you in the next post.
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