Wow, Russian, you know how to tell a tea story. That was great!
I grew up on Lipton instant iced tea <
I know, I know>, but that set me toward tea for life. For college all-nighters, it was any old bags in a teapot.
Then a wonderful friend from Japan made matcha for me one day and I realized there was a whole world of tea out there. Another friend got me loose-leaf Irish Breakfast and Earl Grey and I was hooked.
But I didn't know where to find any of this wonderful leaf on my own after we all parted ways from college. You have to understand that this was years and years before the internet. So I made do with whatever black teas I could find. Eventually I discovered Constant Comment (to this day, still my favorite iced tea).
Then about 3 years ago it struck me that I could Google "Tea"...and as the poet said, "that has made all the difference."