Was once primarily a coffee drinker, but it always made my heart race when I drank as much as I wanted. My impression of tea was that it was herbal and boring. Then I somehow got hooked onto Earl Grey. Think I liked the Bergamot oil more than the actual tea, but like it I did. I was told that once I got accustomed to good black teas, I wouldn’t be able to stomach Earl Grey anymore. I guess that’s true. I see Earl Grey as a “gateway tea”. What one drinks until he gets a taste for tea.
I drank so much black tea, and slowly eased into green tea. But what really got me excited about tea after the early days was Oolong, which is also called Wu Long. Some describe it as tea halfway between green and black. Green tea is unprocessed, while black tea is entirely oxidized. Oolong falls somewhere in the middle. It can be almost not oxidized, or so far along to be almost like black tea. It’s also called brown tea. That seems accurate.
Love the taste of it. Can drink pot after pot. Easily. If black tea is too strong for you or you just can’t get used to the taste of green tea, try Oolong.