Sarai wrote:I'd say some good starter black teas would be the two most standard ones: English Breakfast and Earl Grey.
Don't both of those have flavorings, tho? I know Earl Grey has bergamot. Not sure what English Breakfast has, but if you're looking for 'straight' black teas, I'm not sure I'd recommend either one of those....
I'm of the same mind as Hopeofdawn. In fact, I am asking myself what IS
a starter tea? No such thing, IMO.
If you want to experience whole leaf black tea and not a blend, in order to see what the taste is all about, every tea-producing country has several to choose from. All have different flavor profiles. The only way to experience is to buy some and try. Chinese black tea (called red tea in China) is the most plentiful and varied. The Yunnanese black teas are quite sweet and malty. They might be a good 'starting' point. Inexpensive, too.