[Editor's note: William Dietz, aka "Sir William of the Leaf", has moved on to other things. We wish him all the best.]
As a first post, I would like to start out with an introduction. My name is William Dietz, alias “Sir William of the Leaf.” I am eighteen years old and currently live in a cozy dorm room in Indiana. I am originally from the great state of New Mexico, but education called my name elsewhere. Marketing will be my intended major, with a minor in video production. I enjoy a mix of business and the arts.
As far as all things tea related in my life, I am certified through the STI through level three, a Certified Tea Specialist (by their standards). I have experience in writing and tasting through my personal tea blog, which covers topics ranging from reviews of all types of tea, cultural information, production methods and a bit of history and information about the different growing regions. I have been infused with tea love for three years and hope to share that love with all the readers of this fine blog.
The topics that I will probably be posting about will be centered around Chinese, Taiwanese, and Nilgiri teas. As a hobbyist, those are the areas which I study most. I do enjoy all tea, though, so there shall be a healthy mix of topics.
Tea can be consumed in many different ways, and I am usually open to most of them. The favorite of mine is making it loose leaf, usually in the traditional manner. I lean heavily on the pure side of teas, i.e., unflavored, but I do venture out of my comfort zone if I am so inclined. I can handle a tea bag every now and again if there is nothing better on stock. Ready To Drink (RTD) teas are a bit trickier. There are only two brands which I ever buy. Powdered or concentrated teas are abominations (my personal opinion) of which I do not partake. This is all up to personal opinion, of course, but I do have to introduce my personal feelings about these subjects right up front. I try to make reviews and knowledge as unbiased as possible, but it will slip up occasionally.
I do hope you got to know a bit about me (the new guy) and I hope you enjoy my posting and subject matters. If not, I do accept hate mail on my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is anything else one might want to know, shoot me an email as well. I appreciate the conversation thoroughly!
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