Hi, I'm Bill Waddington, the owner
of TeaSource. I have been a tea drinker my whole life and about 20 years
ago I became serious about it. It seemed to me that there had to be great
teas in the world: great wines, great chocolates, or
even great coffees. Thus began my pursuit of great tea, and I have been
at it ever since.
It began very tentatively with my
doing research and eventually contacting people in the tea trade: for
instance a tea brokeage in Calcutta, tea blenders in Germany, tea growers
in India, tea exporters and importers throughout the world etc. Over the
years I had a chance to sample teas and learn from these and others in
the tea trade (many of whom grew up in the tea trade). So that over the
years my knowledge increased and sources for my personal consumption of
great teas grew extensively.
But I was still frustrated, because while I
was having the opportunity to drink some of the best teas in the world,
there was still very few places where they were readily available to the
That is what drove me to launch TeaSource:
the conviction that tea is perhaps the most amazing
beverage in the history of mankind, and that if other people had the chance
to explore this world as I had, they would become as fascinated as I was.
And that is what continues to drive me today: appreciation and fascination
of this simple leaf and its endless possibilities.