I posted my first post in haste last night, but I wanted to take a second to formally introduce myself to the folks of TeaChat! My name is Cole, and I've been a fan of tea since I had my first glass of Sweet Tea as a child. Since then, I became an "early adopter" of loose leaf teas in high school; using a simple French Press to make my brews before I got a proper Beehouse.
While I've always enjoyed flavorful (read:not just bitter) blacks and oolongs, I've recently discovered the wonderful world of Japanese green teas. The perceived health benefits are a plus, but I can't get over the delightful mouthfeel and unique umami that comes with a nice cup of Gyokuro and Fukamushi Sencha.
So far I've tried a handful of teas from Den's (which I've loved!), but I'm always open to suggestions--especially lesser known/complex flavors of any kind! I just placed a small order of my first matcha from O-Cha and my first houhin from Yuuki-Cha, so I'll have a lot to talk about when I'm not currently entranced by my tea&teaware
See you 'round!