Yes, I have become a fan of Don Mei’s Basic Tea Education Playlist! I find them very informative, simple and also enjoyable even when discussing very technical and sometimes controversial topics in Tea. In this two videos, Don shares his concerns and thoughts about the quality of certain types of commercial Teas presentations like Tea Bags and Artificial Scented Teas, and its difference with real single Teas, naturally scented Teas and truly high quality blended Teas.
I sorrowfully feel that sometimes globalization and capitalism really miss the true essence of Cultural Exchange! Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there must be really good tea bags and tea blends out there. I have had some! But now, I have become more aware especially of those that says has “additional natural flavors’, but not detailed them.
As far as for me at this moment, I feel Tea is not just another ‘hype’ product, commodity or a simple healthy drink. It’s history, tradition, wisdom, people, hard work, joy, suffering, virtue…it’s the essence and the spirit of a millenarian culture! It’s a way, a path, a never ending journey! It’s life in all matters! But, as I have said before, I hope this just let you with the intrigue to find your own path through the World of Tea and Flow through it as you feel!