Tea plays a very large role in my life. It's my beverage of choice, my hobby and an important part of my self care rituals. I love the mindfulness of brewing at the correct time and temperature, the smell of the leaves and the enjoyment of slowing drinking a big cuppa.
When I first got into tea I went a little crazy and got a lot of different flavours and types, and often I didn't get quality leaves and brewed many things for the wrong duration at the wrong temperature. As I have learned more about tea and what makes a good and bad cup I have narrowed my selection to a few fundamental quality staples. I often will get one or two other teas to try and sometimes my staples evolve over time, but these are my go to brews.
Jasmine green tea is probably my most consumed tea, its fragrant and fresh and has enough caffeine to keep me alert while not having so much that I can't have a cup in the evening. I avoid a strong bitter flavour from the tannins by brewing it at 80 degrees (celsius) for 2-3 minutes. This means the light flavour of the green tea isn't compromised. My current favourite jasmine green blend is so light it's almost a white tea, with lovely pale leaves, it smells divine! I get it from Tea Potion (who also have some awesome other blends worth checking out).
My first cup of the morning (if I am well rested) is usually a cup of unflavoured green tea. I have been unable to find anything that matches the quality of Zealong leaves. I love their green tea, its fresh and grassy and such a beautiful vivid colour when brewed. For a more affordable and accessible green, Tetley offer delicious pyramid tea bags of steamed green tea which I brew when I am on the go or travelling.
My herbal infusion of choice is the classic peppermint tea. I often order this when out at cafes because herbals are hard to brew it wrong. I currently have an interesting twist on peppermint tea in my tea corner, as it has a hint of lemongrass, a fun alternative to the average infusion.