It is a rainy fall day here in Mid-Michigan, and today I finally got around to doing something that will help get my tea sessions back on track. Somewhat shortly after moving for my new job, my electric hot plate boiled its last kettle full of water. Throw in the mess of new job, new place, new expenses, new area, new almost everything. My budget has been horrid nearly all summer, and I kept telling myself, I will replace the hot plate when it is the end of the month and I have the spare room in my budget.
Maybe it is a good thing, but I try and keep my budgets so tight that there was never room in my budget, so come October I decided it is a priority and needed when it gets so cool I just want to keep a warm kettle on all after noon while drinking tea. So I can look forward to once more being able to use other kettles, especially my Lins Ceramic kettle which I dearly miss using.
Currently in my cup (pictured above) a 1999 Kunming Factory Red and Red sample. Nice and soothing, but I can't seem to dial it in between too light and too heavy, though bitterness is not really the issue in the too heavy, so maybe this does have some hints of age.
Aged teas seem to do wonderfully in the cooler weather, and I have stockpiled a small selection including some delicious Aged Baozhong that I can not wait to dig into later this fall.