- Tastes in tea have long since been documented as seasonal. Though it seem there is seasonal as in the seasons of the year, but there also seems to be seasonal as in personal mood shifts, and just general changes in moods. By this I mean last year around this time barely a day went by that I did not drink a Japanese tea. this year I am so much more willing to have Hong cha, or some sort of other oolong tea. This mood is a lot similar to how I was 2-3 years ago (before I had really discovered how to properly brew Japanese Greens).
- Gongfu cups are over rated. People told me when I started drinking tea, that I would tend towards smaller and smaller pieces of teaware, and soon those 1 or 1/2 ounce cups would be incredibly typical when drinking Chinese teas. Well that happened, but what I did not expect was a bit of a backlash, after pouring from fairness cups into those small cups probably some thousand times or more over the past two years, its a bit annoying. I am now a fan of larger cups that better accommodate the size of my brewing vessels. While my brewing vessels are still small, I would rather have things that are 50-80 ml in size fit into a single cup, and pour two cups for brews that are over that size.
Again I would like to extend holiday wishes to all my readers, and hope everyone stays safe, warm, and comfortable through the remainder of winter.