I've been drinking tea pretty seriously for a couple years now, but I've also been getting pretty much all of my tea/teaware/information from Teavana and I thought it was about time I broke free from their clutches. Which may sound more negative than I mean for it to, since I do drink their tea all the time and probably have them to thank for my interest in it.
I drink almost exclusively their blacks and oolongs, having discovered over time that I dislike pretty much all of Teavana's whites, greens, as well as almost all of their flavored teas. My favorite black is probably their assam, and I also enjoy their darjeeling, sikkim, and ceylon varieties quite a bit. Lapsang and Keemum I've never really been too fond of. Teavana really only carries a handful of plain oolongs, and I like their Tung Ting, Iron Buddha, and Monkey Picked all pretty well.
A couple questions which I'm going to ask here, since otherwise I'd have to scatter them around a number of different subforums:
I'm probably going to place an order with Adagio soon, if that is a decent place to try next? It seems like from what I've seen most of the people on these boards are at least familiar with it. Any advice on what to try? I definitely want to try their yunnan, since I've never had anything from that region. Also probably another darjeeling, since the only one I'm currently familiar with is Teavana's second flush makaibari. Any advice on oolong's though? I don't really know a lot about oolong variaties, just that I like them very well when I'm in the mood for something other than black. Thanks for any advice in this area.
Also, I've been considering purchasing a Yixing teapot for a few months now, but am not certain if I should wait awhile longer or not. I want to be able to pick a tea to exclusively brew in that pot (currently I brew pretty much anything and everything in a tetsubin) but I'm not entirely sure which. I'm thinking probably I will want it to be an oolong, but I thought I should learn a bit more about oolongs aside from the handful Teavana has to offer. I had been thinking about using it exclusively for Teavana's Monkey Picked Oolong but now I'm thinking maybe there are better options out there. I'm not entirely sure I have a specific question with this...but if anyone has any thoughts in general on buying Yixings, I'd be interested to hear them.
Thanks in advance to everyone who reads this and responds, especially anyone offering advice. I'm always anxious to learn a bit more about tea, so I'm glad I've found a website that might help with that. Sorry if this was a bit long for an introductory post, or if I was supposed to put those questions in other areas.