Hello, everyone. I've been on the site before, but I finally registered.
I'm from Ohio, born and raised, and began with tea when I was a kid. I drank Lipton with lemon and sugar until I was about 16, when I had my first Earl Grey (accidental, my friend offered me a sip). From there, I started buying different bags of tea (since Twinings always had $3 for a box of each type), with my favorite being their Lady Grey. A couple years ago I had my first loose-leaf tea (by accident), which came from a TeaForte tea chest that I won containing their silk pyramids. I then got a couple free tins of other types (thanks to an awesome gift certificate I won to a specialty foods site). I drink all kinds now, rooibos, herbals, green (for before bed), and white, but I still love plain black with one spoon of sugar for my mid-afternoon tea.
A series of lucky events led me to loose tea, but it's nice to be here!