I don't think I can classify myself as a serious tea drinker, at least not yet. I drink a LOT of soda. I've tried various teas over the years, and while I've liked some, they haven't impressed me enough to prefer them over the soda on any regular basis (not to mention that making tea requires much more effort ). I have a few teas in my cupboard of varying types and most of which starred in a period of time where that particular tea was the only one we'd make if we felt like tea. I'll revisit them occasionally when I want something different, but they dont really call to me.
A few weeks ago we went out to dinner to a Japanese restaurant, and on a whim I ordered an iced green tea. My husband usually gets a hot tea, and his turned out to be the usual genmaicha, of which I'm not a fan. I really dont like the burnt rice flavor. My tea was a suprise. It was a deep green color and the taste was amazingly good. When I asked about it, the restaurant had used matcha to make the tea. That drink is still haunting me.
I've spent the last week researching matcha, which is how I came to find this board.