Hello all. I suppose I should introduce myself a little seeing as how I've already taken advantage of the advice from some of the wonderful people in these forums already.
I'm quite new to tea, having defected from the coffee world. I just started drinking loose leaf tea in the past month and have found it to be better than I expected. I have tried different bagged teas in the past, but haven't found them very appealing. Then one day I was watching "Good Eats" on the Food Network and the host, Alton Brown, had devoted a show to tea. I hadn't really known how to brew tea like that before and found it to be an educational experience. It was after that show that I decided to try brewing loose leaf tea for myself.
The only problem is I had a difficult time finding a place where I lived that actually sold loose leaf tea. But I was diligent and found a place where I could buy small samples to try without hurting the pocketbook.
I was hooked after my first brew.
I couldn't believe how much better it was when you get the right amount of leaves, water temp, and brew time correct! It was way better than all the supermarket bagged stuff I had tried in the past.
Anyways, this past month has been quite the experience trying different teas and finding ones I like and learning more about brewing it at home and at work.
I look forward to many more discussions with all of you in the future!