Thanks to a post started by Lu Ann, author of The Cup Of Life, I’ve been tagged by Jen at International Tea Moment (@teamoment on twitter) to answer a stack of impertinent questions and then link some other poor soul to do the same.
1) First, let’s start with how you were introduced & fell in love with the wonderful beverage of tea.
I’ve blogged on this at length. The basics are that at home it was Lipton (teab*gs) while I was growing up, sometimes Tetleys or Bushells, but Twinnings multi-coloured variety packs were my first introduction to the concept that tea could be special.
2) What was the very first tea blend that you ever tried?
After the aformentioned unmentionables, I actually remember the day I tried Twinnings Orange Pekoe. I remember trying really hard to taste the orange! I was about 10, and my orange allergy had not been identified by then.
3) When did you start your tea blog & what was your hope for creating it?
I started making videos about tea, then created an occasional blog to pour scorn and abuse on various tea aspects I felt involved injustice and a lack of ethics. I found that whilst making these points, I could be very funny – in a nasty, biting way – and so I created this blog to highlight this. I also created Beasts of Brewdom, a blog for when I wanted to be even more appallingly behaved.
4) List one thing most rewarding about your blog & one thing most discouraging.
I love comments on the serious moments in my blog. When someone spots something layered in 43 levels of humour and invective and says “wow!” . I also randomly receive tea and postcards via the post, which is a big thrill. I also love meeting people in person.
The most discouraging thing is comments along the lines of “I agree, know a lot about the subject, here’s some links to my hair removal site”. I want to track down these spammers and be rude to them. With a stick.
5) What type of tea are you most likely to be caught sipping on?
Mostly hearty blacks. At the moment my favourites are Persian Princess and Aussie Ginger Chai, but oddly enough, my current absolute favourite is Doke Silver Needle. I can’t get enough of that.
6) Favourite tea latte to indulge in?
Not sure what this question means. Matcha Latte is an abomination and the work of the devil. Chai made with powder is grounds for justifiable homicide. An Aussie Ginger Chai, brewed with honey and milk on the stovetop, is heaven. It’s a blend we are extremely proud of.
7) Favourite treat to pair with your tea?
Lord Petersham Tea and Downton Abbey on the television. THERE IS NO FINER PAIRING!
8) If there was one place in the World that you could explore the tea culture at, where would it be & why?
Portland, Oregan. I want to see The Lazy Literatus in his natural habitat.
9) Any tea time rituals you have that you’d like to share?
MILK IN FIRST! If you take milk that is. Warm the cups. Laugh while you are making tea if you can.
10) Time of day you enjoy drinking tea the most: Morning, Noon, Night or Anytime?
I restrict my tea drinking to the period extending from five minutes after I get up to taking the last cup to bed with me.
11) What’s one thing you wish for tea in the future?
I just want an endless supply of money. That way, we can fly around the globe forever, taking tea wherever and with whomever we wish. That’s not to much to ask, is it?
Xavier from Teaconomics
Wow, that was fun, I don’t often get the chance to relentlessly talk about myself.