You are indeed absolutely right: there is no reason to be so harshly critical against someone else's recommendation. You made some great recommendations for first experiences and then mentioned a personal favorite of your own as a suggestion for eventual attempt.
We all love tea. I don't think anyone here is trying to put anyone or any tea down so much as being as helpful as they possibly can. Sometimes we just get a little caught up in our passions, especially if one had too much Irish Breakfast that afternoon!
I personally think quality and freshness are major factors as much as the type of tea when seeking out more subtle, less "generic black tea tasting" experiences. The amount of tea used and the steeping time are also major factors.
Everyone in the world should try a quality, fresh Assam that's carefully prepared and not drowned in thick sweet milkiness. It's too often turned into tea candy. Though, I do love tea candy every now and again too!
If anyone is interested, www.assamtea.biz
has some great Assam and Darjeeling offerings, including some flavored Assams. They specialize in Assams, including whites, greens, blacks, CTC (cut-tear-curl), and florets. Prices range from under $1 per ounce to just under $3 per ounce. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and completely committed to satisfaction of even the most demanding customer. I personally found it a great way to explore a wide variety of Assams at a reasonable price, instead of ordering the typical 2 or 3 per teashop.
Most tea lovers will be pleasantly surprised by the full range of flavor and body profiles within the Assam region. Not just for Irish Breakfast anymore!
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