Teaviews Profile: David

Hello, I'm David. I'm in my late forties, was born in Oklahoma, but have spent almost all of my life in Texas. When I'm not enjoying the company of my wife, twin daughters, and two dogs, I enjoy music of all kinds, outdoor activities (hiking, camping, and sailing when I have the opportunity), reading, watching sci-fi, chocolate, and, of course, tea. In fact, increasingly over the past few years, tea has become an essential part of my life, especially when accompanied by some equally good chocolate!

I began my journey into the world of tea as a young Southern boy who frequently sat down to the dinner table to some plain black iced tea with lemon, still the most popular form of tea where I live. It wasn't until I visited England on a trip right out of college that I discovered the subtleties of loose-leaf varieties with titles such as Earl Grey. Some years after this trip I became interested in including tea in my diet, mainly for its health properties, but as I began to seek out and sample high quality teas from various vendors, I was surprised and excited by a new world of wonderful flavors, as well as a daily escape which I looked forward to. Plus, unlike coffee, tea agreed with my digestion and made me more alert, yet in a calming sort of way, without the jittering buzz. I was hooked!

I begin each day now with a bowl of matcha, which, I like to think, gets my body off to an enjoyable and healthy start. While drinking my morning tea with breakfast, I'm also brewing tea to take to work in a thermos, which gives me something to look forward to when I need a little extra to keep going. In the evening, I finish the day with a cup or two after dinner, usually paired with some good chocolate. Although the rest of my family is not quite as fanatical about tea as I am, I'm working on them. :-)

I have three shelves of our kitchen cupboard devoted to mainly loose-leaf varieties from a number of sources. Variety is something that I like! Most are black or green, both flavored and plain. Occasionally I have found an oolong (usually Taiwanese)which strikes my fancy, but this is not my usual preference. Among my many favorites are black currant and other fruit-flavored blacks, a Darjeeling first-flush black with vanilla, British and French breakfast blends, Yunnan, Keemun, Assam, and Darjeeling single estate teas, and Japanese greens: cherry-flavored and plain sencha, genmaicha, and gyokoro. I keep matcha in the freezer to take out each morning. I also keep spices on hand to make my own chai. I usually drink my tea plain but, depending on the variety, may add a little soy milk.

Tea time for me has become more than just a culinary pleasure, but part of a daily quest to slow down a bit and take time to reflect on life's little pleasures. Each tea leaf put into my teapot has something of a story to tell: a distant country, its people, its culture, its history. When I sit down to sip on some great tea, I feel a little more connected to our planet, its peoples, and to what is really important in life.


David's Favorite Tea Products

Mariage Freres Marco Polo     10/10
Mariage Freres French Breakfast     9/10
Taylors of Harrogate Earl Grey     9/10
Mighty Leaf Jasmine Downy Pearls     8/10
Tea Zone Jasmine Pearl     8/10
Den's Tea Cherry Sencha     8/10
Elmwood Inn Black Currant     8/10
Mighty Leaf Organic Hojicha     7/10
Tea Zone White Peony     7/10
Teavana Mandarin Orange Green Tea     7/10

Recent Posts by David:

Review: Mighty Leaf Jasmine Downy Pearls     27 Aug 2008
Review: Mighty Leaf Organic Hojicha     27 Aug 2008
Review: Harney & Sons Earl Grey Imperial     26 Aug 2008
Review: Tea Zone Jasmine Pearl     30 Jul 2008
Review: Tea Zone Kenya Milima Estate GFBOP     30 Jul 2008
Review: Mariage Freres French Breakfast     26 May 2008
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