Well according to my mum I've been drinking tea since I was about 3 and by the sounds of it is was pretty serious
It's a bit of an embarrassing story but apparently every morning I used to wake up at the crack of dawn and shout 'Tup of tea, Tup of tea' until my mum would wake up and make me a very weak, very cool cup in my tippy cup
In England because tea is almost a staple part of the diet I guess I have always considered myself a tea drinker... but in terms of a proper lose leaf drinker it was about a year ago when I started drinking the nice Chinese green blend they serve down at my favourite noodle bar.
No tea as of yet, but I plan to finish my Yutaka Midori sencha off later. Got some sencha Miyabi on its way from O-cha, can't wait for that to arrive!