Greetings and blessings to everyone! I am grateful for this forum and to have access to the host of fellow tea practitioners available here!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING TEA?
Since high school (1990) but it was mostly herbal teas in bags. About 1998 I began drinking more Japanese green tea. Around 2000, when I met my wife, whom is Taiwanese, I began drinking loose leaf Taiwan high-mountain oolong tea（台灣高山舞龍茶） in a gong fu set. In the last two years tea has become a way of deep life practice for us. I inherited my father-in-law's complete collection of Yixing and other teaware. In our home we have a devoted tea room for gong fu tea, study, guqin （古琴） play, and sitting practice. This last two years I began a focused study of tea and began to study Taiwan Chayi (茶藝＝Tea Art）with my teacher in Taiwan and now make wooden tea utensils for my own practice and for friends.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST TEA?
Celestial Seasonings' Sleepytime tea is the first that comes to mind as an adult; though, as a child we drank Lipton iced tea, sun-brewed, in the backyard during summers.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TEA CURRENTLY?
Currently that would be Qi Lai Shan（奇萊山）2,200 meter Winter 2012 oolong tea
WHAT IS YOUR NEXT PURCHASE?
We returned from our yearly visit to Taiwan, for a month, with a suitcase full of tea and teaware: DaYuLing （大禹嶺）, AliShan （阿里山）, LiShan （梨山）, DongFangMeiRen （東方美人）, Taiwan Lao Cha (老茶), and other teas. So there hasn't been much need...though I am looking at a Shimizu Ken kyusu.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPOT TO BREW?
In our home tea room or on the tea deck in our backyard. After that I'd say anywhere natural, creek side, stream side, in the mountains with fresh water from the nearby stream or spring.