What can I tell you about myself? Well...let's just say that I'm over 50, have been married for 38 years, to a man who was first my friend, and part of my extended family. We have two adult daughters, who for some reason, known only to them, refuse to have any contact with us, even though they live just five minutes away by car. Whatever, girls! My husband loves coffee, but me? I couldn't drink the stuff even if I could dump in a gallon of milk and a pound of sugar! Yucko! I've been a tea lover since I was a teen, when tea, quite literally kept me alive. Sometime around my eighteenth birthday I was diagnosed with an esophageal stricture, which prevented a great deal of anything that I ate or drank from getting to my stomach. Instead, it would stay trapped in my esophagus, causing horrible pressure, until I managed to throw it back up! Some days absolutely nothing would go down, and I'd go to bed longing desperately for water, and a few crumbs of food in my belly. Tea, in those days, was my salvation. I could, even on bad days, manage to hold down hot tea. So, I brewed up, loaded it with sugar, or honey, just for the calories, and drank up. This went on until 1995, when I had particularly bad episode and ended up in the emergency room. Afterward, I had bypass surgery, which cured the problem forever. But, for me, good, freshly brewed, loose leaf tea, remains my true love!
At the top of my list of favorites, is a good black tea, preferably, with a bit of fresh or dried fruit, or a touch of mint. Adagio.com's black tea with Peach is my favorite of these. Next on the list, is a good, Asian green. Indian green just doesn't do it for me. Nor does the white teas. I just can't seem to brew white tea strong enough to have enough flavor! I love Oolong, and Chai, the African varieties, and the Arabic teas are also excellent, and I keep a supply of those in my closet along with the others I've mentioned. I also enjoy a good Roobios tea. Roobios is especially nice with fruit, like peach, apple, and blackberry.
Last of all, I love the herbal teas, so long as they're not medicinal-tasting. Of these, I hate Cammomile!Don't know why really. I just don't like the taste of it, and can only tolerate the herb when it's blended and concealed with stronger flavorings. I love the herbal fruit blends. Adagio's "Berry Blast" is a fantastic summer treat, when used to make iced tea!
I love a traditional Earl Grey, the peppery teas, peppermint, and spearmint teas, and many, many more. I like the display teas (some call them flower teas), those that open and uncurl in my cup to reveal a gorgeous, blooming flower. These are expensive, so I don't have them very often. I loathe Jasmine teas! For me, they just taste too much like perfume with sugar added!
About my location. I live west of Pittsburgh, in Carnegie. There aren't any tea rooms, or tea cafe's in our area. Well, there is this little WiFi bistro on Washington Ave., near our mortgage office, that does serve some very nice teas. I can sip some tea, and surf the Internet at the same time, but I don't care too much for the corporate types that frequent the cafe.And I do enjoy the freshly brewed teas at Barnes & Nobel, so I go there of ten. As for traveling, and meeting up with folks from this group, I just don't know. I'm disabled and use a scooter to get around when I leave my home, so that could be a real problem.