Good evening everyone! Figured I should probably introduce myself. How long have you been drinking tea?
Since I was 13 (ten years). Actually got into it after a trip to England with my Mom. She got all excited about British-style tea on the trip. Got into the "hard stuff" (loose leaf) junior year of college, 3-4 years ago, after a friend bade I try it, and my boyfriend (he's a keeper!) bought me a bunch of loose leaf samples.
I average about two 1 kg orders a year, so I'm not a huge consumer (although it's all I drink besides water and the occasional beer or liquor) nor super experienced (that's not a lot of tea) but I love to read about it
What was your first Tea?
Something British? The first I remember is Stash, primarily Irish Breakfast and Chai. In high school that's all I drank. My first loose-leaf was a (probably fairly low quality) longjing.
What is your favorite Tea currently?
I have to pick? D: Well, my favorite is always something that is in stash, so I would have to say a Golden Needle Dian Hong from Yunnan Sourcing. Although the un-smoked 正山小種 (lapsang/zhèng shān xiǎo zhǒng) is very good.
What is your next purchase?
Probably TwoDog's puerh sampler. I really want to find out what this "puerh" thing is all about. So far I have tried one shu and one young sheng.
Where is your favorite spot to brew up?
Probably at my computer desk. That's certainly where I drink tea the most. Sometimes the focus is on the tea and the computer is just a backdrop or a provider of music, other times I just want to drink tea while I focus on some intense video gaming or reading papers.