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Advent Day 6, From the Depths of the Grab Bag.

“Alright! Its got cinnamon and cloves, maybe some star anise, lot of clove though. Maybe orange, I’m not sure. Maybe it’s a little… Maybe it’s got a little fennel seed in it. I won’t be able to tell more until after I taste it, so don’t ask me cackle

It’s very holiday like. A lot of clove which is not my favorite thing but I can appreciate the clove quality. It’s alright. It’s.. it’s drinkable. I taste the flavor of green tea. I think it needs sugar. It’s ok, it tastes like a tonic. I’d say it’s like a 3 (out of 10) on the scale. I’d only recommend it if you like clove. If you like clove, it’s highly recommended. "

<me, poking> You pretty much just repeated yourself there.

“That’s right, except I said highly. burrp burrp sips Ohh ohhhhh.”

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If you’re an aspiring or current tea grower, let’s talk! I am slowly beginning a tea farm here in Northern California. Currently growing are young plants pulled from the ground and gifted to me after a visit to Fairhope Tea Plantation in Alabama. The parent plants are sinensis variety from a defunct Lipton research project. I’ve also started seeds from Camellia Forest Nursery in North Carolina. The types include Camellia taliensis, an assamica variety, and 3 sinensis varieties including “Small leaf” “Large leaf” and “Black Sea.” To learn how to process tea into different styles, I plan on traveling to China and Taiwan if/when COVID becomes a relative non-issue. I’m taking Mandarin classes to aid in this journey.

Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came, following a lone tin of some Tie Guan Yin oolong many years prior, in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng pu’er, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? While I may not mention those effects in tea notes, it is what I value most. Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently.

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes.

One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.

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