After alot of contimplateing on the direction of this blog, I feel that I need to do regular tea reviews. These will feature Toronto teas mostly, the odd ones will be from Bowmanville. Once a week I will post a review, from either the shop or from my own desk (while I study Japanese). I hope to focus on smaller tea shops just because I love them all so much.
For the first while I may do more than just one review a week, my tea cupboard is full (over 30 varieties). I am hoping to work out a structure for the reviews today at work. I am very eager to start as I have teas from all over the city. Here is a list of shops I have tea from at this very moment:
- Tao Tea Leaf
- The Tea Emporium
- Pippins (one tea at the moment)
- Maison De Thé (Montreal)
- Lauriam Tea House (One tea, most reviews will be inside the shop)
- Serenity House Tea Society (Georgia, USA- only one tea)
- Nourishtea (Canadian tea company- one tea)
- Tsaa (one tea, some reviews will be from inside the shop)
- Tea Dynasty
- Davids Tea
- Teaopia (My work)
I hope these reviews get new people into all the shops or spark a new love for tea. I started drinking loose leaf after watching too much anime and some health issues which required me to be more aware of my stress levels. Now over 3 years latter, my health is much better and tea has taken over a large portion of my life. In the New Year, 2012 The Year Of the Dragon, I hope to be enrolled in the Tea Sommelier program. I have put this off for too long and next year will be a good year to start this process. Getting to the end my take some time but I am eager to meet new tea friends.
On top of all this news, I have joined the Tea Guild of Canada officially. The first meeting is this month and after checking the member list I am glad that I will see many familiar faces.
On a quick side note I am hoping to come up with a list of questions I get from customers and have some research posts. This may take some time for me to accumulate a few to look into but this project will be quite interesting. I am not going to leave any question out, simple or as complex as they get. As well my Japanese classes are going very well (began April 5th), I am beginning to find ways to include Japanese into my art (check out Split/Gender). Not just my regular stuff but my tea art as well, stay tuned as these works WILL find their way on to this blog!