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02 July 2006 @ 11:03 am
Seems like quite a few people have become active on this forum in the past few months. Many of you I know and exchange with off the forum, but others I know very little about. I find that when I am discussing tea, it helps me to know a little about the other participants. Especially the extent of your experience with tea, background, other interests, etc. I'll start with a quick bio of myself.

Bearsx3, if this thread is successful, could you create a frontpage link to it for easy access?
punman on July 2nd, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)

I'm 30 and live in Milwaukee where I am a UNIX systems administrator. I work with walt_park who is also a reader of this community.

My exposure to tea has been what most people probably expect from the average American. However, once I started exploring the world of loose leaf teas, I got hooked. Eventually of course, as with all geeks, as one delves deeper into the nuances of any hobby, one finds the esoteric, and the obscure -- in this case, pu-erh.

I've only been drinking pu-erh for a couple months now, so every cup is a new experience. Isn't it great?

I had a couple really bad experiences with cooked pu-erh so I laid off of those for quite a while, but as my tastes tend towards the deeper and stronger end of the spectrum (dark beer, red wine, etc) I'm coming back to the cooked variety. Young sheng just has too much astringency for me. Like a citrusy white wine -- it's just not my thing. :)