Hello all! I've been inadvertently visiting TeaChat for a while (that isn't supposed to sound insulting, it's just that without intending to I seem to have ended up here on various occasions!) and decided that I was clearly supposed to sign up
I've been a tea drinker all my life in the sense that I live in Britain, but I moved away from the standard black-with-milk when I was about 11 as I didn't like the taste or smell of it. For years I drank green tea with lemon - from teabags, which in my part of the world and pre-internet was as exotic as it got! When I went to university in Glasgow I was able to try different sorts of tea for the first time and it opened my eyes to the vast choice out there. Which is not good as I am an incredibly indecisive person
I've been on loose tea almost entirely for about 2 years and couldn't go back, but since coming onto this site I've realised how narrow my tea horizons still are! I enjoy green tea, but I've mainly been drinking the gunpowder tea from my local Chinese supermarket which I think is a long way from what people on here are talking about! I've also got a nice sencha (from the same place!) although I have to be 'in the right mood' to enjoy that one. I discovered JING (UK site) a few months ago and have been sampling various teas from there - I really enjoy their Ali Shan oolong and am wanting to try some more oolongs, but am a bit unsure where to start... Sadly I'm very restricted in how much I can justify spending so have to resort to drooling over some of the more luxury recommendations for the time being!
I'm currently looking for a cheap-but-nice gaiwan to play with and if anyone can recommend some teas to try I'm all ears