January 4th, 2017 – Making A Start
Before I set sail in this journey of exploration, I thought it best to take stock of what I actually have in the tea department – as you can see from the picture below, there’s not a lot to go on. These teas are all gifts, minus the Clipper (bought for my boyfriend, I’ve never tried it). My current favorite (and only one I’ve been using) comes from the beautiful Alice In Wonderland Tin (by New English Tea, courtesy of my friend Teesh). It is English breakfast at its bagged finest! Really it is.
Now this isn’t about becoming a hoarder of teas I don’t drink – which is what I currently am on small scale. At the end of this year I don’t want to be armed with a cupboard of 100s of teas, more a small trusted selection of teas that have purpose and that I enjoy.
In fact, that’s what I aim to be the end product of this – a capsule tea collection!
Have you heard of the phrase capsule wardrobe? If not, the very awesome blog un-fancy, explains it all – essentially a guide to crafting the perfect collection of seasonal clothing without a) breaking the bank and b) hoarding! I was inspired by this blog to write a piece for XoJane, which looked at the premise of building out a capsule wardrobe, through memories & associations. Clothes are sorted into three piles of memories: Memories to love, memories to make and memories to shake.
So this theory I’m now trying to apply to tea, in some form! But, before I get into that, I need to go back, way back, to understand where tea actually comes from, and what it actually is.
Until then, cheerio!