Hi! I've been a casual tea drinker for most of my life, but I'm new to Adagio and TeaChat, and pretty new to serious tea drinking. By casual, I mean I've always preferred tea over coffee, and I do appreciate the various black blends and herbals - I've consumed quite a bit of Republic of Tea in my time, among others.
I got interested in serious tea drinking in January after reading "The Ultimate Tea Diet" by Mark "Dr. Tea" Ukra. It's a great introduction for casual drinkers into the world of loose tea and the health benefits of drinking tea!
I already had a small brown betty teapot, and have added a 6 cup brown betty (my roommate and I are sharing this new obsession) and a 15 oz Beehouse Pot (see my avatar) with two pedestal mugs. My IngenuiTEA should be arriving tomorrow along with the green tea sampler and numerous other samples.
I have the fortune of living near a wonderful Tea Shop - Keria Teas in Round Rock, TX. I'm learning a lot there, have attended several tea tastings. My absolute fave tea there is a Ginger Lime Rooibos blend, though I'm also drinking Nilgiri Tiger Hill. I tend to drink mostly black teas and herbals, though I'm trying to learn more and develop a taste for green tea, and I'd love to learn more about the Gong Fu tea ceremony.
I tend to lurk much more than I post in forums, but I'll do my best to jump in and share. Looking forward to learning from all you experts!