I grew up with the cursed yellow teabags. Lipton sun tea, Celestial Seasonings Orange Spice, super mainstream grocery store findings. I thought I hated tea and didn’t really consider it until I was 25 when I decided I would make better choices for my health. Fortunately, at the time I was working at a health food/supplement shop and had access to a broader variety of choices.
Since I’ve come to love and lose a variety of teas, mostly specialty or imported, and my collection is ever-evolving. 52teas ultimately shifted my trajectory and helped me move past some of my preexisting biases, particularly with regards to herbal and oolong teas. Now I hardly ever go for the “flavored” varieties, but it was an important step for me to realize the difference between quality and stuff that’s mass-produced and sitting in a box past the expiration date (as in actually gone bad, not aged).