I'm a coffee nutcase. I've gone completely off the coffee deep-end, the learning process has taken years. Looking back, there are times along that process I now cringe at, remembering what I was drinking and considering to be good. Nonetheless, that was the process.
I recently realised that I have a pretty good understanding of coffee, but almost no appreciation for tea. So, I've set out to educate myself. Here in Dublin (Ireland) we have 2 speciality tea shops (I call them speciality, but then again I know so little I am open to being wrong). House of Tea, and Palais Des Thes (which is a chain of French origin).
I went in and in both shops took up about 20-25 mins of time from the shop assistants, looking for recommendations, different teas, etc.
So I ended up with:
6 Black Teas (Margaret's Hope FF 09, Dian Hong?, Thurbo DJ3 FF 09, Thurbo second flush?, Phuguri DJ168 clonal tips, Grand Yunan Imperial)
3 Green Teas (a sencha, a bancha, and a chinese organic Mao Feng).
1 Pu Er Grad 1 Lincang
1 Oolong which I can't find right now
1 white tea flower (well actually 3 flowers, but they're all the same).
2 non-teas - Rooibos & Lapacho
Basically I've just started making my way through these, following the brew guidelines, trying to get a feel for tea.
The idea isn't to replace coffee, or even replicate my passion for that beverage, but first and foremost to educate. In that vein, I'm looking forward to reading through these forums, and taking any advice that comes my way.