Lapsang Souchong China Black Tea (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Lapsang Souchong China Black Tea (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Years ago I drank Earl Grey. Nothing but Earl Grey. With breakfast. With lunch. With dinner. And in-between. Then my taste for tea evolved. Not so much an evolution to a higher state. Just to a different state. Is your taste for tea evolving? Here are some signs to look for:

1 Former Fave Tea Abandoned

Suddenly that tea you used to love is moved to the back of the cupboard and is gathering dust. Your new fave tea or teas claim that front spot now to be within easy reach when that urge to steep strikes.

2 Steep Vessel Upgrade

That quick teabag dunk in that tepid water in your tea mug is no longer cutting it. You switch to loose leaf tea. You seek out some steeping vessel that is more traditional such as a nice ceramic, porcelain, or fine bone china teapot, or that has a bit more oomph such as the IngenuiTea.

3 Tea Reunion Turns Out Well

Some teas you haven’t tried in awhile because you didn’t think they were all that great are suddenly calling your name, so you give them another chance. This time you actually like them. Part of the reason is that when you first tried them, you couldn’t appreciate their subtleties (this happens a lot with white teas which to many people taste so mild that they are virtually tasteless).

4 Latest Tea News Has Big Impact

You read that the tea crop (for your fave kind) is going to be too short due to drought or hungry bugs, bountiful due to a last-minute crop-saving rainfall and a flock of birds that ate the bugs, or some other news that could impact the supply of tea, both up or down. Your mood adjusts accordingly.

5 Tea at Meal Times Is Now a Must

Not only do you drink more tea at meal times, but those meals turn into tea and food pairing events. You even set your menu to go with that floral oolong or that smoky Lapsang Souchong.

Such an evolution could well be called a revolution. Let your taste evolve and see where it leads you.

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