heh I will say that for me it has been a very beneficial addiction
Cagan wrote:would bottled spring water be the best way to go? Or just purified water?
Filtered tap water can be more then sufficient depending on where you live. Unfortunately for me where I live (southeast) it's really not acceptable.
Some friends in ny and washington state though have some very useable tap water. I resort to bottled spring water unfortunately
Walgreens, CVS, walmart etc all have 3L bottles of spring water under the nestle umbrella (deer park, poland spring, ice mountain etc). These are for the most part are pretty similar and can give you a middle of the road benchmark to compare to your tap. If you find them about the same lucky you !
Next your kettle should not put off any off smells, chemical, heavy metallic etc. No rubber gaskets etc where the water boils. If you have been using one of those kettles for a while though it may be fine since time and use washes away lots of the stuff that can leech out and affect taste. Smell (in kettle and cup) is a good indicator. Very simple stainless stove kettle or a more pricey decent electric kettle are good starter kettles. Later on you may wish to further explore other sources of heat and the intricacies and practical applications/benefits that come with them.
Cagan wrote:Do you like jasmine green tea dragon pearls? What exactly is that? Just jasmine scented green tea?
yes I do like a good jasmine, but it's very hard to find one that suits me (mellow, not too sweet and perfume smelling, thicker liqueur consistency). Here is a teavendor website you may enjoy reading through, lots of info on specific teas, brewing suggestions, articles on this and that. Gives you a good glimpse of some aspects of the tea world.http://hojotea.com/item_e/s01e.htm