I'm excited to be a member
I've long stalked these boards and forums and it's great to finally post and be a part of things. I've learned so much from you guys and spent many an hour reading replies and looking at teapots.
How long have you been drinking tea?
What was your first tea?
Since I was a child. I've always been surrounded by tea drinking, a part of everyday life, surprising maybe for someone from the midwest of America. My grandfather drank hot black tea copiously, always teabags from supermarkets, and my father drank the abominable instant Lipton lemon iced tea
I still drank it but even when i was little, I knew there was better tea out there. I started my journey about three years ago when I bought nicer tea bags from a health food store as well as loose leaf assam from Frontier Organics. I fell in love with tea that first evening and it's been a part of my daily routine ever since (with structured breaks) I then moved on to Tea Trekker, Teavivre, Yunnan Sourcing and other stores, starting with sample packs to understand the different varieties of tea and to find my likes and dislikes and then branching specifically into indian blacks and both sheng and shou pu, along with hei cha and white tea once I found that they were my favorites.
What is your favorite tea currently?
Doomni tea estate Assam and a 2007 Jing Mai mountain shou pu erh from Lancang, Simao, factory is Yun Gui I believe. The assam is sooo melty-malty bright dark cherry alive tasting, best way to start my morning, and the shu pu is sweet chocolate defined layers of hay and tea tree shadows.
Upton tea has some indian blacks I've my eye on. But I have a large order from Yunnan Sourcing including more sheng to broaden my horizons, some kang brick tea for the frigid winter that's looming closer, and more shu's.
Favorite place to brew up?
My deck off my 3rd floor apartment. My complex is surprisingly peaceful and secluded, the building are 70s era and remind me of an ancient lodge/fort/town/enclosure (maybe a wooten or whatever the scots called em) as I'm trudging through the deadly cold home from a long hike through the woods for pine needle tea and dogbane for cordage. I brew up every morning alone, as the sun rises and pray and meditate, my cat cosies up next to me as the morning chill.
Thanks for reading, hopefully I could take you to a different place, to see the world through my eyes, cause hey, that's what tea's always been about, sharing and communicating and enjoyment.