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Re: Introduce Yourself

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:35 am
by Jo
Welcome to the forum cherrybomb7, looking forward to seeing you around. :mrgreen:

Re: Introduce Yourself

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:04 pm
by Sarah
Hi everyone!

I'm very excited to learn more about tea from this group of people, as people seem to be very knowledgable here. I've been drinking tea for years, but have mainly just gotten tea from places like David's Tea and Teavana and am not overly familiar with all of the ins and outs of tea. I'm hoping to learn more about tea and begin to appreciate it more, as well as try some higher quality teas!

I hope you're all having a good week so far! :D

Re: Introduce Yourself

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:37 am
by swordofmytriumph
Welcome @Sarah! :)

Re: Introduce Yourself

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:23 pm
by Jimtro
Greetings tea people!

I've sort of gone a bit around the protocol and posted in another thread first, that was rather rude and I should know better but always tend to jump right in...in this case to be greeted by very helpful/friendly members. Thank you!

I've been brewing what I thought was decent tea on and off for quite some time though knowledge wise I consider myself a complete beginner. I've quickly verified that by reading through a few threads. My only real skillset is in knowing what I like. :D

In the past I've mostly enjoyed black tea blends and some whole leaf teas. I always enjoyed tea but never gave much thought about delving deeper into the subject. That changed about a year ago when I tried a very nice organic oolong from an online retailer. Best description I can think of would be that it had a creamy sweetness with an almost nutty finish. It was similar in looks to what I've seen as a dark pearl but with very different taste.

Oh, I've decided to try gong-fu style brewing, just waiting on my new pot to arrive from Taiwan:)

I'm very excited to be here and looking forward to learning from those of you generous enough to share your time and experience.

Jim

Re: Introduce Yourself

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:27 pm
by Bok
Welcome aboard!

Creamy sweetness with almost nutty finish sounds like high mountain Oolong to me!

Re: Introduce Yourself

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:36 pm
by Jimtro
Thank you for the welcome, and your help with my oolong issue thread:)

As to the high mountain oolong, i sure hope to find something similar and I've actually ordered a few samples with my teapot.

Re: Introduce Yourself

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:46 pm
by sdotglass
Hi everyone! I'm Sean, born and raised in NYC, met Victoria and a bunch of others in this forum when I was living in Los Angeles over the last few years, but back in New York now.

How long have you been drinking tea?
Up until about 7 years ago I had an aversion to drinking hot stuff due to this random time I got sick as a kid after drinking hot chocolate. It was unrelated, but I associated it for some reason. I've still never tried coffee. I slowly got into tea eventually though, and I'd say the last 4 years have been serious about it, really learning my stuff, sourcing all the best teas I can find, going to tastings, ceremonies, hosting tea at my house regularly.

What kind of tea do you drink?
Anything quality basically. Single origin, farm sourced, full leaf. No blends, rarely any tisanes. Anything in the proper tea world, I'm interested in.

How do you prepare your tea?
Mainly in an yixing or kyusu, but sometimes in gaiwan. I take a zojirushi with me everywhere I go also. I err on the side of quick steeps, and more steeps. I like to taste it unfold. I also tend to go cooler than directed, so I'll rarely do a green above 158...my light oolongs at 175ish...and then the darker stuff I will use boiling.

What tea knowledge are you interested in exploring right now?
Everythingggggg! I'm planning a visit to Japan end of March/April for Shincha, I want to visit farms, tea houses, ceremonies... I'd really appreciate any/all advice, introductions, recommendations...

What factors lead you to delve into the world of tea, and what is keeping you there?
I see tea as a metaphor for humanity. We all come from the same place, but through nature and nurture evolve into infinite varietals. It takes many lifetimes to experience them all, and we'll always be learning.

What is your location?
Primarily New York, but I travel a lot.

Re: Introduce Yourself

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:07 pm
by Victoria
Welcome to TeaForum @sdotglass, nice to see you here. Looking forward to hearing about your Japan trip, hope you share some of it here.