I don't mean that one should only drink Da Yu Ling Oolong, Jin Jun Mei red tea, pre-Qingming Xihu Longjing... This is a luxury that only few can afford. What I mean, instead, is to understand what "up" tastes like and then searching this quality in all the teas one drinks daily. Tea quality isn't about a name, a mountain, a season or a source.
Around 4 years ago, I went through this kind of process and gradually replaced many teas and suppliers from my selection. I found new sources that are closer to my sense of what good tea should taste like. Of course, this is a continuous process and each season gives opportunities to select new teas that reflect this ideal.
So, what is this good taste?
Purity could feel dull, bland. But if your senses are focused on the tea and its preparation, you will start to be amazed by how good tea unfolds its taste. Drinking the brew may feel disappointing at first. It's like warm, sweet water. It glides down the throat without encountering any obstacle. It feels light and clean in the mouth. Then, the whole body feels warm and comfortable. And little by little, there are waves after waves of aftertaste in the mouth. The throat feels soothed and activated. There are no rough tastes, nothing unnatural. The fine fragrances are not in your face, but keep on evolving with grace and depth. They resonate with your past, your soul. Because they don't scream, but softly and clearly speak with a single, pure voice.
|A taste of heaven!|