I drink a lot of tea. And while it’s nice to have my favorite flavors swimming freely through my head, I am an absolute scribe at heart, and nothing satisfies me more than to put my thoughts down in writing somewhere. Plus, the idea of handing down musty old journals to my future grandchildren just sounds so romantically appealing.
However, since the bright idea to create an app specifically for rating tea flavors has yet to strike the brilliant mind of some bored Silicon Valley engineer (feel free to kick me a few bucks when you make your billions off of my suggestion), I’ve had to go about this the old fashioned way — with scissors, glue, and a pinch of creativity. If you want to slap together your tea scrapbook exactly as I have, here’s what you’ll need.
- Moleskine watercolor notebook
- Glue or tape
- Pen or other writing utensils
- Hot water
- Your choice of teas
- A book to read
- Brew your tea, and kick back with whatever book you’ve chosen while you wait.
- Snip off the tea tag with scissors, smear some glue on it, and slap it into your Moleskine watercolor notebook.
- Sip the tea after it’s finished brewing, then rate the flavor of your tea in any manner you choose with your pen (or color pencils, markers, whatever you decide). I went with a 5 star rating system for overall flavor, but you could easily rate things by aroma, flavor, and caffeine strength.
- Take the used tea bag to paint a thick line of brew onto your page, careful not to smear it around while wet (unless you like that sloppy look).
- Use your pen to list and label the ingredients of each tea you’ve tried, or add your own notes like brewing time, what to pair the tea with, when the best time of day to have it is, etc.
Done! Now go brush your teeth. Tea stains the enamel, you know.