Days are short, grey and cold. To find hope in the future, we turn to what we can most depend on. Faith, family, love. The cold seasons are a time to focus our attention on what's really important, on what we value most. It's time to come back to the cocoon, spend more time in the warmth of our home.
Tea is a wonderful way to spend quality time at home in winter. Similarly, the mood is less about trying new things for discovery's sake. To find joy in darkness, we choose teas that we treasure, leaves that that contain wonderful and harmonious flavors. They are our treat, our little pleasures. They boost our spirits and guide us on the path of refinement.
During last tea class, we even lit a charcoal fire in a white Nilu. This adds more warmth in winter. The flames were so strong, Teaparker recommended we wait until they calmed down before starting to heat the water!
I brewed a Wu Yi Shui Xian from last year in this pear shaped zhuni teapot.
I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.