A few months ago I happened to park my car in front of a buisness I had not noticed before, the Chinese Tea Emporium in Bloomington, Illinois. I wandered in and was greeted cordially and given a cup of tea that was like nothing I had ever imagined. I had drunk regular tea-bag tea for years, but when I tried real tea made the way it ought to be made, I knew I would never be satisfied with tea bag tea again. I brought a friend to try the new sort of tea, and I can say it has changed both of our lives.
What tea do I like best? I am still too new to real tea to have developed a real favorite. I am still experiencing so many new teas. I do have a deep love of good greens and the deep pu-erhs, but then there are still so many varieties and alternatives I have yet to appreciate, and I expect (and hope) my own taste with develop and grow more sophisticated.