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January 01, 2020

[It would be neat if with the New Year]

By Jimmy Santiago Baca


It would be neat if with the New Year

I could leave my loneliness behind with the old year.

My leathery loneliness an old pair of work boots...


I keep wearing them because they fit so good

and I need them, especially when I love so hard,

where I go up those boulder strewn trails,

where flowers crack rocks in their defiant love for the light.


We want to set the tone for the new year with an excerpt from this poem. The new year is the perfect time to reflect on what we hope to change about our lives and ourselves. What unhelpful habits, attitudes or behaviors can we leave behind us? What no longer serves us that we can leave in 2019? What do we want to keep? Which friendships, relationships, mantras and mindsets do you want to bring with you into 2020? 

2019 was a year of big change for us here at Todd & Holland. We renovated our shop, and we thought it would be neat to start a blog! Whether tea drinking and sharing is a new habit for you or an old pastime, we hope to offer you even more of what you love in 2020. That means plenty of delicious teas and treats, beautiful teaware, and even experiences like seminars and tastings in our shop. Stay tuned this year for all the news and events that 2020 will bring! 

Reflect on the year gone by and the year to come over a new tea.

Sunburst Orange

"Orange you glad I didn't say banana?" Very pleasing combo with apple bits, lemongrass, orange edges, and peach bits.


Gold Peony Black

Picked before Qing Ming (April 5) from the cultivar, Jin Mudan/Gold Peony. The cultivar was originally from Fujian and its leaves were used to make oolong teas. This tea is from bushes that were transplanted and grown in Anhua County in Hunan and processed as a black tea.  The leaves are not the prettiest, but the aroma is - warm  floral notes with a honey finish.


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