PamEast wrote:Please don't wince at the subject line of this message... it's not me... really.
I've been talking about tea with my dad, and he feels "there is nothing better than a good old Lipton tea bag". blech....
I'd like to introduce him to the joys, and health benefits, of whole leaf tea. I thought a good place to start is with something that has at least something in common with the flavor of his beloved orange pekoe tea bags. I know it's black tea, but the flavor of black teas varies so wildly depending on where it comes from.
Any suggestions that might "taste like tea" to him? I'm hoping to show him the difference between a good cup of tea and floor sweepings, but it won't fly if it doesn't have similar flavor characteristics.
Most of the responses have been substitutions for black tea. What originally woke me up to the joys of tea more than 20 years ago was Tie Guan Yin. It's accessibility, wonderful aroma and pleasant, interesting flavor, have remained a favorite of mine and opened a world that I had never knew existed. Before that, it was the tea bag and some herbals.