The best rule about tea is that there are no rules. Tea is very versatile and the best tea is the one that suits you.
The best tea for a new tea drinker should have some of the following qualities. It should be easy to brew, give you an opportunity to fall in love with tea, amaze you with either scent, flavor, color, or appearance – or all of them, give you a chance to experience unique characteristics of tea.
Often called Gateway Teas, these are the best-selling teas and are enjoyed by many tea lovers. They’re not just for beginners, they’re still really nice teas for experienced tea drinkers too.
1. Tie Guan Yin
There is no better introduction into the world of ball-shaped oolong teas than Tie Guan Yin. This tea comes with a dozen of different flavor notes. Here we recommend the clear aroma Tie guan yin. This tea has light floral notes and is very easy to brew. You can use a simple mug, a teapot, or a Chinese Gaiwan.
2. Long Jing Green tea
Trying a real pure Chinese green tea will help you understand the difference between steamed and pan-fried green teas. The best one may be Longjing. This tea is one of the top ten most famous Chinese teas for a reason. Unlike sencha, it has a more delicate, lighter, and nuttier flavor. Recommend Longjing Yu Qian
3. Jasmine green tea
Jasmine green tea has one of the most soothing tea flavors among green tea. It’s a great choice for beginners because it’s somewhere in between pure green tea and flavored blends, but without the strong and possibly bitter notes of both types. Recommend Jasmine Pearls tea or Bi Tan Piao Xue.
4. Da Hong Pao
Da Hong Pao is a true delight for those who prefer stronger, more oxidized, and heavily roasted oolong teas and would rather choose black tea over green tea. This full-bodied oolong can have both fruity and floral notes, a hint of molasses, and mineral notes. Recommend Da Hong Pao Oolong Tea.
In most cases, tea beginners will complain that the tea has a bitter taste or that the tea has no flavor. So I would like to write some tips for these two problems, but this is not a rule, it just applies to most situations. Because everyone's taste is different.
Some Brewing tips
1. The ratio of tea leaves to the water. Too many tea leaves will most likely produce a bitter taste, and fewer tea leaves may taste tasteless. Also if using a tea infuser, don’t pack your infuser too full. More tea does not equal more flavor. You want the loose tea to have a lot of space to expand when it is inside the infuser. Otherwise, the water can’t do its job.
2. Don’t leave the tea in the water too long. Mostly, tea doesn’t need to be steep for more than 3-5 minutes. Some herbal teas can steep longer without problem but don’t overdo it. Especially green tea, which is very sensitive.
Although every tea drinker has its own preferences, there are some teas that may get you hooked on tea drinking and exploring tea. For whatever your reasons might be, health benefits, unique flavors or just leading a more joyful life with tea, finding the right type of tea is never easy. On the bright side, tasting tea is one of the most fun things to do.
Good luck with your tea tasting!