New members welcome thread.

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Leafhopper said

I’m also pretty new around here. I love bug-bitten teas and green oolongs, though I drink a lot of black tea as well. (I need to rebalance my cupboard to contain more oolong and less hongcha, but those oolongs keep disappearing!) Unbelievably, I’ve yet to start drinking puerh.

Looking forward to participating in the community!

Rasseru said

Theres a bit of an art to finding puerh that suits your palate, but it’s great when that has been found.

I Drink all oolongs, sheng puerh & white tea mainly. With a bit of heicha, Darjeeling & green on the side

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Leafhopper said

That’s one of the main reasons I haven’t gotten into puerh; there are too many that are described as tasting like dank basement, barnyard, fish, mold, decomposing wood, etc. I’ll have to wait until one of the big vendors is offering a good sale and my tea cupboard is a little emptier.

I actually enjoy Darjeeling as well, and managed to snag some of this year’s second flush from Lochan Tea before the strike. Should be reviewing them shortly.

Rasseru said

That is probably shou (ripe) puerh from your descriptions. sheng (raw) puerh is greener & fruitier.

But yes, I do get what you are saying. If you are us-based you are lucky and can probably join in on a traveling tea box and get to sample lots of great tea!

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Leafhopper said

I might want to start with sheng then, as I tend to gravitate to fruity flavours. I’m Canadian, so my sampling options are more limited.

mrmopar said

There are a few that ship your way pretty easy I think.

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Death Sips said

Hi,
I’ve been lurking for about half a year now. I got into tea about 2 years ago and got obsessed with puerh at the beginning of this year.

I’m not a talky guy but discussing and reviewing tea seems fun.
I learned a few things (mostly about vendors) while being here and I’m looking forward to join and share my experience in any discussion I find interesting.

mrmopar said

Time to join in!

TnDave said

Welcome from Eastern Tennessee

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MrQuackers said

Welcome. You should start a new discussion thread so that we can answer these questions. ☺

TnDave said

Welcome Edward. Very helpful bunch here.

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Audrey said

New! Hi! have loved tea for a long time but pretty basic. My husband was turned on to Puerrh at work and bought a Breville automatic teapot and now It’s On. I ordered some from Rishi for him and we’ve been drinking it regularly. I’m learning a lot, the only thing I can say I’ve found out for sure so far is that I don’t seem to like flavored teas, only unadulterated and scented ones (is that a Thing?)…….but I’m always happy to keep an open mind. I"m happy it’s becoming fall here on the High Desert, nothing’s better than enjoying a cool fall day with a delicious cup. Nice to meet you all!

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Jaeloco said

Hello. I have used this site a lot to look up tea reviews and thought I might hop into some conversations as well. Cheers!

MrQuackers said

Welcome, Jaeloco. :))

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Hello! I’m a fairly new tea lover and enthusiast (or perhaps it is more appropriate to say addict? Hahaha!)

I used to be a heavy coffee drinker (and don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy the taste of coffee!) but toward the end of 2016, when I realized I was going through the symptoms of Medication Overuse Headache with my chronic migraine condition and I needed to detox off my medications for a month, I had to also give up caffeine as it aggrevates the effects of the Medication Overuse Headache. I switched to tisanes during that period, and was shocked at the surprising diversity of flavors available. After my detox period, when I could reintroduce caffeine into my diet, I was interested in expanding from herbals to actual teas, and again found myself dazzled by all the varieties and blends available! Before I knew it, my kitchen was filled with looseleaf teas! I had fallen in love, fast and hard!

I now run a tea review blog on Wordpress, and my journey since starting to review teas has been one of discovery — trying different kinds of teas for the first time, learning different preparation techniques, and noticing my subtle palette changes over time. For me, tea is a journey, and I love continuing to try new things! I have found that I enjoy all types of tea, especially flavorful blends that provide different flavor profiles — sweet, decadent, fruity, floral, savory, spicy — but I’ve started to find myself drawn to pure teas as well, and enjoy slowly savoring them, and trying to distinguish the subtle flavor notes within them.

I used to love wine-tasting, but due to having intractable chronic migraine, I can no longer have alcohol as it is a migraine-trigger for me. When I discovered tea, I found the experience brought back the joy of the wine-tasting experience for me. Getting to sniff the leaves and enjoy the scents, sampling the tastes of the different varieties and slowly picking out the different flavor notes, discovering new favorites, and just getting to unwind while sharing a pot with a friend… it was very much like sniffing a wine cork, slowly swirling a bit of wine and savoring the subtle flavors, and having a chat with a friend while sipping a glass and relaxing. I never thought I’d have that experience again… and I certainly never thought I’d find it again from tea!

I’m looking forward to connecting with other tea enthusiasts. _

Woooohooo looking forward to your unique way of describe your taste journey : )

mrmopar said

Yeah, we will have her corrupted in no time….

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