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Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:13 am

welcome, @lucylove. yes, chai is very special. i like it, too.

hey, @MichaelT. nice to have you onboard. i drink mate sometimes but don't know too much about it.

welcome, @twt_reddit! enjoy the journey. i hope you find this site helpful. :mrgreen:

@powersnacks, i am enjoying your cooking topic. looking forward to updates. you've inspired me! i hope to start experimenting as well.
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Inner Prop
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:21 pm

Hello everyone. My user name is the closest thing I've ever had to a nickname. It refers to a position I often play in Rugby (prop forward) and the idea that I can call upon my inner prop whenever I put in maximum effort. It's like an inner child only more violent.

How long have you been drinking tea?
This strikes me as a strange question. It's kind of like asking how long have I been eating ice cream or how long have I been drinking milk. It just seems funny.

I remember my Polish grandmother would give us hot Lipton's tea with lemon. I hated it, but that was because I don't like lemon in my tea. I know I must have drunk Lipton's as a kid at home with honey on my own. We weren't allowed to drink soda and my parents only drank instant coffee so it was too terrible to drink that.

As kids we drank water, milk, or koolaid. We never had iced tea (I grew up in Chicago (not big ice tea country like the US South) and my Dad hated it (there is a story there I may share later))

My wife loves coffee and it was from her that I learned that what I didn't like about coffee was instant. I like fresh ground quality coffee with sweetener and cream.

I don't know when I learned about loose leaf tea and there was something different than Lipton's. I do remember taking my daughters to our local tea shop (sadly shuttered now) and picking out tea.

When I was deployed to Afghanistan I had tea with the locals sometimes. It was okay. I remember getting a care package that included a box of Earl Gray and just the smell made my blood pressure go down. Also in Afghanistan, I had my first chai latte and I loved it.

Now I'm trying to drink less coffee and I decided it was time to explore the health benefits of tea and tisanes.

What kind of tea do you drink?
I know I'm like Diane from Cheers if I say Earl Gray, but I do really like it. I also like chai latte. We have chamomile at home, but I don't drink that much because it's a bit too light for me. We also have a thing we call Greek Tea. I don't know what it is exactly but my mother in law gives us some every now and then in a Tupperware.

How do you prepare your tea?
Mostly with bags now for convenience. One bag earl gray, honey and boiling water. Steep and add some milk sometimes.

For chai latte, honey, two bags of tea and half a cup milk into the microwave to warm while the other half cup of water boils.

I try to drink it at work, but I haven't settled on a way I like.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Tisanes and other "healthy" tea. I'm also thinking it might be fun to experiment mixing my own tisane. I want to try a subscription to figure out which other black (or green or white or oolong) tea I might like so I can order loose leaf online.

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
Health and I kind of want it to be "my thing." I've dabbled in cigars, wine and tequila. I realized tea is probably the healthiest of these things so I should double down on this.

What is your location?
Far northern suburb of Chicago called Mundelein. I've lived here since 1992 with my wife and eventually three daughters and a dog.

I'm retired from the Illinois Army National Guard. I'm a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. I play Rugby and I enjoy writing fiction.
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plate_element
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:44 pm

How long have you been drinking tea?
I believe around 4-5 years now.

What kind of tea do you drink?

My favorites tend to be puerh and Japanese greens. YQH Qizhong and O-cha's Tsurujirushi are probably about the best I've had.

How do you prepare your tea?

For Chinese tea, generic 60mL Gaiwan from Yunnan Sourcing usually. I have a small kyusu from Gyokko (around 180mL) that I use for most Japanese greens. I don't have a purpose-built vessel for gyokuro, but my kyusu's small enough it seems to work well, usually. I'm not much for fancy teaware, but I do always use a thermometer (RT600C) and gram scale.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?

Wider sampling of Japanese greens, especially from new vendors. Possibly more aged puerh if cost isn't prohibitive -- I guess I'm also open to good dancong and wuyi oolong, as well as Korean green tea.
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Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:19 pm

hey, @Inner Prop! nice to see another chicago guy. :mrgreen:

@plate_element, you've been in the chat since like day 1, but i never noticed you didn't have an account on the forum :lol:
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Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:19 pm

I have been drinking tea since college; about 20 years. In the beginning I drank Darjeeling, because I didn't like coffee and needed some hot caffeinated beverage for the cold Minnesota winters. About 10 years ago I started going to China and the tea word opened up for me. I use a squat Kyusu for green and yellow, Shi Piao for Oolong and a cheap glazed kyusu for Pu Erh. I'm learning more about matcha right now. I get tea regularly from China as I have friends who are always traveling back and forth from there to the US.
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Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:37 pm

Hello World :)

How long have you been drinking tea?
Longer than I can remember, which doesn't say much, really.

What kind of tea do you drink?
Mostly Japanese.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Teas from the world outside Japan, particularly China & Taiwan. And how Lipton manages to get that great taste year after year. OK, kidding on that last bit.
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Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:33 pm

welcome! :mrgreen:
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