Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

What was the tea that made you fall in love with tea?

82 Replies
gmathis said

During my tea infancy, the only flavored teas I could get my hands on in my part of the world were Constant Comment, Cinnamon Stick and a very few Lipton flavored varieties. We thought we were daring and trendy in college when we could get our hands on Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger.

Login or sign up to post a message.

I grew up with tea so I can’t remember not liking tea, but I do remember a few special moments when I discovered new teas. For example, the first time I tried Earl Grey I was in Cape Cod with my wife on a weekend getaway. We stopped at this little roadside cafe for breakfast and I decided to be adventurous and try an Earl Grey. It was Twinnings Earl Grey and I fell in love. Now I know that Twinnings isn’t the best tea, but at the time it was divine to me. Since then I’ve tried much better Earl Grey’s and I still drink it almost every morning.

More recently, I tried a Pu’er for the first time at a small tea room called Silver Tips in Tarrytown, NY. I never knew tea could taste like that. It was so good. I am constantly amazed at the variety of flavors that can come out of one little tea leaf.

Login or sign up to post a message.

When I was very young I used to drink constant comment because my parents always had that around the house and I loved it. I loved the experience of tea too. I have very fond memories drinking tea with my parents and sitting around talking. My first experience with loose tea was from a Japanese restaurant. They served genmaicha and from then on I was a loose leaf tea fanatic.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Gina said

My favorite is a Rooibos Chai. There is just something about a Rooi with Chai spice. I love it so much that we came up with our own blend.

Login or sign up to post a message.

@gmathis, nice to hear you included our Constant Comment during your “tea infancy”, hope you’re still enjoying with all you favorites!
@Butiki Teas, thanks for sharing your fond memories of sipping our Constant Comment.

Please enjoy this link on how it all began:

Kathy for Bigelow Tea

Thanks for the link to how “Constant Comment” began. When I was growing up in the 1960’s, there was always some in the cupboard. :)

Login or sign up to post a message.

bsquared said

It happened 5 months ago…
My sister gave me some black irish tea. I fell in love the strong flavor. When I tried it with milk and sugar, I was hooked. I went online in search of tea knowledge. I discovered how much tea there actually was. I bought some rooibos because I wanted to try something new and WOW! Rooibos became my number 1 tea. I love the aroma and the flavor. My top three for now: 1 Rooibos, 2 Gevalia English breakfast, and 3 White.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Spot52 select said

I was first fascinated with earl grey. A friend was drinking it at a coffee shop. The drink with the pot appeared so sophisticated. I wanted to emulate this persona. I drank earl grey for a while, but it did not WOW me. The first tea to really do that was Keemun. I wish it could still taste like it did back then. It is still my favorite though.

Login or sign up to post a message.

I’ve always been a tea drinker, albeit my first taste of tea was from a Lipton tea bag. But the two teas that I really love and find interesting are Rose Pouchong from Fortnum and Mason, and Imperial Wedding by Marriage Frere. It’s not so much that drinking them makes me feel grown-up, nor sophisticated (as I’ve read other people mention,) it’s more like a sense of comfort that comes over me, or a feeling of plain delight whenever I indulge in a cup of either tea.

Login or sign up to post a message.

earlgage said

my first sip of bigelow earl grey really started it. I am relatively new to tea and have always just drank coffee, Until a few months ago. I have yet to try loose leaf tea. but cant wait until I do im sure then my infatuation with bergamot and black teas will ever increase.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Like many here, I’ve been drinking tea for a long, long time. However, I can vividly remember my first “gong fu cha” tea experience. While living in Taiwan over 6 years ago now, I went with a friend to visit someone he affectionately called “the tea dude.” As we walked in I felt like I was being filled with calming energy. The smells in the place were of an affectionate fall day and the light soft. We sat across the table from the dude, (who I later learned is a tea master) and quietly meditated while he slowly, but efficiently prepared a pot of Tibettan White Eagle tea: the first whiff from the smelling cup left me stunned. Never had I experienced such complex aromas coming form a single cup of tea. Citrus, honey, apricot and some unknown spice that I still can’t quite place. And the flavour was sweet, with a hint of sour just to keep things interesting, but smooth and clean as well. I have never had anything like it since, and because only 5KG are harvested per year, it’s prohibitive for me to buy it personally. That said, after that experience, I was on to tea for life and I suppose it was this experience which eventually led to my opening of Cloudwalker Teas online.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.