This is my first post, looks like a great forum. I'm definitely going to participate in the next OTTI and look forward to it.
After seriously beginning my journey into tea around 6 months ago, I've tried to taste a variety of teas starting with a wuyi mountain oolong (after seeing a documentary on da hong pao) and eventually making my way to greens.
I use a small gaiwan for all my teas at the moment. For reference, if i had to rank my top 5 teas ive tried, they would be as follows:
1. Kuradashi Gyokuro Pinnacle from habiki-an
2. shu pu'er
3. Dragonwell green
5. Rock oolongs
I think, I tend to like teas high in theanine and I'd really like to stock up on 5 or so new greens. Preferably, a less expensive gyokuro as one of them. Anyone have suggestions?
Also, after reading a little about "treatsie on tea," I'm really excited to try an An Ji Bai Cha, has anyone tried this and would recommend a retailer?