My call into real Tea started much earlier, but isn’t until last 2015 Christmas Season, and after receiving my first tea travel easy gaiwan set with some interesting tea samples, that I decided to devote myself to it. I did three “Tea Picnics” sessions to launch my lovely new tea travel set and the tea samples with some dearest friends, and it was inevitable…Tea called Me louder!
Tea seduced me with its subtle spirit and my soul was enchanted. I was eager to know ‘Him’ better. I wanted to be with ‘Him’…learn his ways and immerse myself into his wisdom and care. Unveil and delight myself with its suggestive fragrances and flavors, but most of all…to flow into ‘His’ healing streams. I was irreparable enamored!!!’
I bought seven Oolongs and two Hei Chas from TeaTrekker.com, and they kindly sent me two more Oolongs as complimentary samples to ‘formally start’ this journey. I also adventured into a monthly Tea & Tao Magazine subscription from Global Tea Hut. I found Tea Trekker helpful at this stage since they seem to have a vast knowledge about every tea they carry, and without doubt, GTH appealed to the spiritual side of me and the Tea!
So, this is what’s inside My Treasure Chest as the beginning of this quest! Every photo here has a link to the tea supplier’s web pages, so you can read the same information I used for my selections. As I flow with them, the link will take you to My Tea flow episodes where I will be sharing my experience with every tea, including my own attempt of ‘testing notes.’ There, at my own tea notes, you will get again a link to the web-page of the teas sellers or suppliers.
From Tea Trekker.com:
Complimentary tea samples:
Tea Trekker is a specialty tea shop located in Northampton, MA. Its owners, Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss, select their teas by traveling personally to the countries of their origin. As they established at Tea Trekker’s blog, distinctive flavors and aromas in teas is what they mostly look for. But, it is also their belief that by doing so, they are supporting artisan tea makers and teas that represent the best of the tea tradition and the top producer zones in the East. For them, that includes China, Japan, Taiwan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. In 2008, The New York Times posted an article portraying them as ‘The Professors of Tea’. They have also been recognized for several of their books, two of which I have personally read and loved:
- The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook, A Guide to Enjoying the World’s Best Teas ( March 2010)
- The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide (October 2007)
From Global Tea Hut Monthly Magazine & Tea Membership:
Global Tea Hut is a beautiful magazine full of Tea Spirit and Love! It features articles about tea wisdom, science, processing, brewing techniques, history and Cha Dao, the practice of “The Way of Tea”. It is produced entirely by Tea Sage Hut’s quarter members and volunteers, and it is completely free from advertisements and endorsements, which is fantastic because it helps you to focus in nothing else but the experience of Tea!
I knew about GTH, through a post by Nicole Martin at Tea For Me Please in November 2015, and I immediately fell in love with the idea of the magazine subscription. At the same time, I also realized that I already had two books written by Aaron Fisher, who happens to be Master Wu De, the tea master at the TSH, and the primary author of the GTH magazine…Its never a coincidence!!!
- The Way of Tea (2010)
- Tea Medicine (2014)
I must say that every tea that I come to ‘meet’ makes me extremely happy and full of wonder, but there is nothing that gives me more joy than my monthly package from GTH. As a subscriber, every month I receive a unique tea and the magazine. I used to read the magazine, sometimes twice or even three times, before every tea session with their teas. It guides me to better understand, enjoy, and appreciate the teas and all that were involved in their making and carrying until they reach me. It truly helps me to be present and see Life in all its facets through the Leaves!
Welcome to Season I of “My Tea Flow”!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, but most of all, that it will also inspires you to explore and Flow by yourself!!!