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Dresden
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:52 pm

Ubacat wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:59 pm
Hi , I'm Ubacat and have been lurking for awhile.
Welcome @Ubacat! .... I thought I saw something moving around in the shadows :D
Nice to have you here!
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Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:57 pm

Ubacat wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:59 pm
Hi , I'm Ubacat and have been lurking for awhile.

How long have you been drinking tea?
As long as I can remember. I grew up drinking black tea but branched out into other teas later.


What kind of tea do you drink?
Mostly green (Chinese & Japanese) but also enjoy white, light oolong, straight herbal, & a small amount of Chinese blacks & raw Pu-erh.

How do you prepare your tea?
Western & gongfu.


What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
I've always wanted to try out all the green teas of China. I never thought that would have been possible a long time ago, but now there are so many online vendors selling direct, it's a dream come true.

What is your location?
I'm in Southern Ontario, Canada.
I know you! Good to see you.
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Ubacat
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Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:35 am

Dresden wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:52 pm
Ubacat wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:59 pm
Hi , I'm Ubacat and have been lurking for awhile.
Welcome Ubacat! .... I thought I saw something moving around in the shadows :D
Nice to have you here!
Thank-you Dresden! I'm from Steepster and was still holding on to the dream it will be revived but the discussions here are a lot more active.
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Ubacat
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Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:39 am

mrmopu! Good to see you too.
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Mrs. Chip
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Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:34 am

Welcome to the forum Ubacat, looking forward to your posts.
carlosk
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:46 am

Hi all,

My name is Carl, I am from Ireland.

How long have you been drinking tea?
I have been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. My first introduction was when my older brothers had tea for breakfast before running off to work. I remember I used to finish what was left behind and have been drinking it ever since.

What kind of tea do you drink?

Up to now, I have only ever drank supermarket / grocery store tea. Mainly black tea (adding milk and sugar). I've tried green tea as well as other fruit teas but have never been satisfied with what I've found.

How do you prepare your tea?

The wrong way I'm sure - Tea bag and sugar into cup, followed by hot water, bag removed after about 10 sec, milk added, stirred and drank. The generic household way for preparing tea from a teabag.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

I want to learn as much as I can without being overwhelmed right from the off. I am a complete newbie so the whole tea world has opened up to me.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?

I love drinking tea, yet find myself growing tired of the same old story. I'm much more health conscious now and want to eliminate sugar and other unnecessary processed foods from my diet. I found I am unable to drink "tea bag" tea without milk and sugar. I find it is far too bitter and have no desire to return for more. I have always found that with milk and sugar, "tea bag" tea makes me feel heavy and lethargic. I'm not sure why i return... maybe its routine? maybe its the caffeine? I don't really know.

A friend of mine recommended I try Pai Mu Tan (I'm sure I have this incorrect) or Silver Needle white teas to get started in drinking "real tea". I Googled it to find a supplier (as is the way of modern society) and the tea world opened its doors to me. I've never considered that there might be something bigger and better out there. As is with daily routine, I got on with my daily tasks and thought nothing of the tea I repeatedly consumed for years. Now I'm think I'm being over analytic and have been bamboozled by the amount of information out there. I want to take it slow, but there's so much information online.

I want to explore Gong Fu style brewing and I aim to find a selection of teas suitable for my pallet. I can already sense that this may be the beginning of an addiction (or thirst for knowledge - excuse the pun). I am not quite sure where I want to go, but on recommendation I will try Pai Mu Tan or Silver Needle to kick start the adventure. I am looking for teas that are good for health, that are light, refreshing and enjoyable to drink.

What is your location?

I am located in Ireland... here we consume ridiculous amounts of what I will call "tea bag" tea from now on. Here every problem is solved over a cup of tea - every celebration, meal ending and friendly chat is accompanied by a cup of tea.

I hope I haven't gone on too much. Looking forward to learning from you folk in the coming months and years.

Many thanks - I hope I can contribute along the way.
Carl
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:30 pm

Welcome to TeaForum, @Ubacat and @carlosk :) .
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Mrs. Chip
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:25 pm

Welcome to our TeaForum, carlosk :mrgreen: Looking forward to you sharing your tea journey with us.
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Dresden
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Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:00 pm

Welcome @carlosk... Good to have you on board!
carlosk
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Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:01 am

Thanks for the welcome folks... looking forward to getting started.

First job is to pick up a nice gaiwan, drinking cups and perhaps a small selection of teas to taste test.
Iheartea
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Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:09 am

Greetings!

I have been drinking tea since childhood. My grandmother would receive care packages from Japan or gifts when friends or family visit there. These gifts would invariably include loose green tea in a tin. Green tea was usually a staple on our dinner table.

Fast forward till today and I am still enjoying green, usually sencha and matcha. I’ve added other teas to my list of favorites, which include black and oolong. When I began my travels through Europe, I learned to enjoy black teas with cream and sugar. And, of course, I’ll enjoy oolong or jasmine teas with my meal at Chinese restaurants. In the past few years, an occasional sweet treat would be boba milk tea.
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