Hello all. Recently I cut soda from my diet (not entirely, still drink 3-4 per week, but a drastic cutback from where I was) in favor of tea. I drink it at restaurants and have been upgrading tea-bags (went from cheap Lipton teabags to the silver needle ones). The ipton teas are good, but I can taste the lack of quality, so I purchased the InginuiTEA starter set from Adagio. I'm trying all sorts of teas, but for now I'm just going to stick with the black Adagio sampler. So, onto my questions:
1) Recommendations for getting cleaner water? I just run the faucet for about 20-30 seconds, but I'd like a way to get the best water I can and not a chalky taste I tend to get with it now.
2) Good teas to start off with? I have the black sampler, but I'm willing to try anything (as long as it's affordable).
3) Good "starter" teaware? I have a white ceramic cup similar to the glass one Adagio has, but I want something...umm..."fancier" if you will. I've seen some clay sets that are really nice on the forums here, but don't really kow much else about where to go.
Those are all I've got for now, thanks in advance
[EDIT] One more question, are there any recommendations you guys can give for a tea on the go? I can't always guarantee I'll have the time to sit down in the morning and drink my tea, so is there something like a portable coffee mug (ya know, those tall metal ones you find at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts etc) I should get for my tea?