Let’s talk tea, shall we …
Did you know that different types of personalities are drawn to different types of tea? Your preference for loose-leaf tea over tea bags, and even how you brew your tea, says a lot about who you are.
Tea Talk with Jessica Bonin
SA-born tea sommelier, Jessica Bonin, who gained experience from studying directly under tea masters in China, Japan and South Korea, talks tea.
“While teas have always been selected for their unique characteristics and flavour profiles, our inclinations towards different teas are representative of our personal characteristics.
“For every individual, tea has a different meaning. It is an expression of our emotions and who we are. We all associate with its effects. Even on a subconscious level. Tea drinking for some, is soothing and healing, while for others, it’s invigorating.
“With so many beneficial compounds, tea creates various states in the body and mind. We then form associations based on those outcomes. We naturally gravitate toward teas that fulfil the state of being we seek.”
To cater for every taste, mood and personality, the Rooibos tea industry has added new twists to the pantry staple. Today there are numerous blends of specialty Rooibos infusions on the market, with a clear trend towards more natural ingredients.
Bonin remarks that each Rooibos tea blend has a distinct keynote, flavor, aroma, texture, and feel. This appeals to one’s deeper character.
“If you’re in a contemplative mood, Rooibos & Chamomile will provide a calming effect, while Rooibos & Lemon is likely to be the blend of choice for those who demand focus. The spontaneous will likely gravitate toward a berry-blend, whereas warm and caring individuals will find harmony in a cup of chai tea.”
After meticulously studying the various infusions, Bonin has developed a tea personality quiz for tea lovers.
Take the quiz here
If you are looking to buy some exotic and tasty tea, buy some here.