Tea for Me Please came into being exactly four years ago today! My first post was made pretty early in my love affair with tea. I had just purchased my first yixing (which is still my favorite) and I was a staff tea reviewer for Teaviews.com. To date I’ve written just over 500 posts. That’s a lot of tea! My palate and tastes have definitely evolved since then. I was very into flowering and flavored teas. I suppose those are gateway drugs for many of us.
Aside from all of the amazing tea that I have tried over the years, the most important thing about this blog has always been the people. Whether it’s emails from readers, connecting on twitter or sharing a pot of tea in person; this blog has given me the opportunity to meet some of the most wonderful people I have ever come across. That has meant more to me than I could probably ever find the words for. There are too many to name but you’ve all helped me learn and grow, both as a person and a lover of tea. I’m not sure where this blog or tea will take me in the future but I’m grateful for everything that I’ve experienced along the journey so far.
Just for laughs, these are my first two logos. My complete lack of artistic ability is pretty apparent but I think the current one is an improvement
As someone that has done a fair amount of content on tea, I have a lot of mixed thoughts on the way information is passed. With tea reviews or discussing a specific tea I have struggled with the question: how to talk about an individual tea or tea in general in an interesting or useful way.. Whether you like or dislike TeaDB episodes largely depends on whether you enjoy watching two particular people drink and binter. This is fine enough and it is certainly fun for Denny & I to create, but I’ll also agree with the sentiment that it’s not necessarily the most substantive way to review a tea in depth. There’s some signal but there’s also a lot of noise. Writing about a specific tea also isn’t easy and I think is actually very difficult to execute in a way that is actually consistently interesting or useful for people. Most people just want to know if you liked or didn’t like a specific tea. Making something that piques interest beyond that is a challenge and even if you don’t like them a place like Mei Leaf has succeeded in creating content that really does engage their viewers. You also have to consider that the majority of people have not had the tea or are even unfamiliar with the basic taste profile (i.e. Denny & I describing a traditionally stored pu’erh, when the audience has never had one).. Here are some phrases I dislike and hear frequently enough that I find them unhelpful and sometimes even counter-productive.
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