After a couple months of lurking, I figured it was time to say hello. I've been reading so many interesting posts on the various topics here and am learning so much.
How long have you been drinking tea?
As a Ukranian immigrant living in the USA since I was 2, my house always had a big teapot on the counter. My dad would brew up a strong concoction and we'd add it to the bottom of the cup and pour hot water over it to make our tea. That teapot would sit there for days at a time, I'm surprised no one got sick from it.
I've only been drinking "good" tea for the past 10 years. I just started gong fu brewing a couple months ago, after a friend invited me over to share some.
What was your first Tea?
That childhood tea was some sort of cheap Chinese black tea. I didn't drink much tea during my high school years since I was rejecting a lot of my Soviet-ness in an effort to blend in. In college (Rochester, NY), I realized that it was much cheaper to drink Lipton than it was to turn up the heat. The Twinings variety pack was a mainstay of mine for a few years until I got into loose leaf.
What is your favorite Tea currently?
Gaba Oolong is tasting really good to me right now.
What is your next purchase?
Possibly my friend's 130ml Duanni pot that hasn't come out of the box since he got it.
Where is your favorite spot to brew up?
I brew most of my tea right here at the keyboard (while reading TeaChat, of course) but every once in a while I bring a small setup to Sunset Cliffs to watch and photograph the sunsets. I can sit on a 50 foot cliff, drink High mountain tea, and watch surfers.
I'll post some photos later on. My pots are nothing special, as I'm still learning what I like.
Michael- San Diego, CA