I have never been much of a tea drinker. I am trying to cut back on my soft drinks, so I thought I might try tea. I am not much of a coffee drinker either. I tried and liked English Breakfast tea, but I am wondering if there is something even stronger that someone can recomend. It still just tastes mostly like slightly flavored water.
It also might depend on the type of tea bag you're using. Those dipper bags - the little ones with the strings - suck. The cup of tea will go cold long before it steeps enough to get any strength to it. I find I have to use four per cup to have it match the strength and taste of a regular gauze tea bag. My favorite is orange pekoe. I think in the States it is called black tea. I was visiting a friend and I needed tea and I found my brand (Tetley) but the only type they had other than the specialty was black. And it tasted the same.
As well, even the different makers of orange pekoe taste different. PG Tips is probably one of the best orange pekoe teas I've ever tasted. Followed by Tetley. Here in Canada, there are brands called Red Rose and King Cole. Those are horrible. With PG Tips and Tetley, if you forget you made it and it goes cold, you can reheat it without worrying that it is bitter. With Red Rose, the longer it sits, the more bitter it gets to the point of not even being able to drink it. And King Cole -- have you ever heard of the dregs? That tea is the dregs of the dregs. You know, when a box of tea is empty and that powdery residue is left over? That's what King Cole is. The leftovers of the dregs. And it tastes worse
As well, some tea isn't meant to have milk added. Earl Grey and English Breakfast tea being two. If you add milk to it, it will ruin it. My English grandmother (Go Leeds!) never put milk in any tea, regardless of grade or type. She added sugar if it was bitter but no milk. I will add milk to my Tetley. I find that if I don't, my teeth will squeak
but I can drink it without milk. Especially when I'm in dire need of it and forgot to get milk at the corner store on the way home from work at 3 in the morning. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
You could also try Irish Breakfast tea. I think the best brands for Earl Grey, English and Irish Breakfast teas would be Twinings. They're a higher quality manufacturer who uses loose tea leaves for their product and loose tea leaves are taken from the best part of the plants. They sell them in loose leaf form, round tea bags, or the dipper kind.