My sister is in to tea in a moderate way. I have a couple of friends who are in to it in a big way. I have been thinking that it would be fun to get in to tea, recently – buy me a teapot, loose-leaf tea, play at being refined… So on Friday I went to T2 in the city. I must admit that this shop was also a factor in deciding to try being a tea snob; I went in with the sis, and it is just such a _nice_ shop! Wood panels, a lovely atmosphere, and ta everywhere… a bit like Dusk for candles, and KokoBlack for chocolate. Anyway, I went and smelled different tea, and looked at the options, and ended up buying their Sixteen Stack. Now, this was moderately expensive, but: you get 16 different types of tea (4 black, 4 flavoured black, 4 green and 4 fruity) in beautiful little tins that I’ll definitely keep, all in a nice big tin… and that day, it was buy one get one free. Score! They are such nice tins that if there are any I don’t like (I am a bit suspicious of Really Russian Caravan, which is apparently very smoky), I will be quite happy at giving them away as presents to those who will appreciate them.

Yesterday I bought a nice teapot, and strainer, and one of those mesh balls you can fill with leaves and just put in one cup (with a dragonfly on the end). I then tried Sencha Vanilla, which was very nice; and this afternoon I had Botanica, which is all apple pieces and raspberry. Lovely.

I think I will enjoy being a tea snob.

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