I apologize for my recent hiatus, I intend to post much more frequently moving forward.
Today I wanted to write about a gaping hole in the tea community, which is perpetuated by nearly every blogger, including myself. That hole is the coverage of teas other than puerh! No longer! On every tea forum that I frequent (which, to be honest is only r/tea) and every blog that I read, puerh is always discussed so much more frequently than any other kind of tea.
As to why this is the case, I’m not quite certain. I have a few ideas though. Puerh is trendy right now, so newcomers to the community will be more drawn to it than other kind of tea. This perpetuates the trend. Another consideration is that, generally speaking, puerh is more attractive because it offers more qi than other teas. So, if someone is looking to get all synergetically tea drunk with their bros, puerh can do that for them, while other teas cannot.
Oolongs will occasionally get discussed, while all other teas are thrown to the wind. To be clear, puerh is my favorite kind of tea for many different reasons, but I think it’s important to make a case for equal representation of other teas.
Other teas are interesting too! They’re nearly always more flavorful than puerh, and offer a huge diversity of teas to explore. In order to do my part in combating this perpetuation, I recently made a purchase of only green, white, oolong, and black tea as pictured below.
After drinking through a few of these I realized how out of touch I had become with other kinds of teas. Wow! Some of these were incredibly tasty, and I’ve enjoyed every single one of them so far. Reviews of these will be coming shortly. I know, I know. To quote myself “I’ve decided that one of my goals for this tea blog will be to review White2Tea, Crimson Lotus Tea, and Yunnan Sourcing teas very very little.” Well, I’m eating my words. I’ve changed my mind. All three of those vendors are incredible, despite a recent ridiculous incident that attempted to damage the credibility of one of them.
Anyways, I have a challenge to pu-heads everywhere this month. For every puerh that you drink, drink another kind of tea as well. I think it’s about time that we moved away from the obsessive coverage of puerh and began concentrating on other teas as well. Puerh is incredible, and there’s a reason that it has the incredible reputation that it does, but other teas are not to be forgotten. There’s something that feels sophisticated about drinking a nice puerh, but other teas are often more welcoming to new tea drinkers, and everybody has to have an entry point.
As always, thanks for reading. I’d love to hear any feedback from you all.