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Where can I get the best Tea online?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for some tea, loose leaf or bagged, that I can order online. I don't know much about tea, except that I enjoy it almost as much as coffee. Also I should note that I like to drink it hot with nothing added to it.

My favorites are green tea and Spiced Chai, and I don't like fruit teas.

I am also thinking about getting a French Press to make it.

Thanks,

Wyatt

EDIT: Of course, after I posted I searched and found some good threads... Feel free to post anyway though.

http://honesttea.com/page.php?id=68
http://holymtn.com/
http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/hom...ighlight%3DTea
http://www.specialteas.com/

All of these sites are bit overwhelming. I don't really know a good place to start, or which teas to try.
Also, how does Tazo tea compare to these sites?
post #2 of 24
Ten Ren has many very nice teas:

http://tenren.com/

Get some of the more expensive green teas, or the King's tea. For the King's they recommend a brew time of 10 seconds because the flavor is so potent it can give stomach cramps The good part is you can reuse the leaves 10+ times so it's really not that expensive in the long run.

--Illah
post #3 of 24
Twinings English Breakfast Tea (loose leaf) is my particular favourite. Ive never been able to make myself a fan of green teas.

Fruit teas do not deserve the name. They are infusions, and they are vile.
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by Illah
Ten Ren has many very nice teas:

http://tenren.com/

Get some of the more expensive green teas, or the King's tea. For the King's they recommend a brew time of 10 seconds because the flavor is so potent it can give stomach cramps The good part is you can reuse the leaves 10+ times so it's really not that expensive in the long run.

--Illah
Ten Ren's King's Tea is the best I've ever had, they have a few grades, I tried the best one, it's $144 a pound but worth it! They bake it with American ginseng. I recommend their Oolong also.
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post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by Echo_
I've ordered a number of times from them. Great tea and great service!
post #7 of 24
The best IMHO Upton Tea Importers....I been getting Tea since 1996 from them. Allot of there teas are estates from all over the world, and not some blended junk. Of course the have some of the classic blends (English Breakfast, Russian Caravan (great afternoon tea) ) and there blends are excellent. I strayed once and went with adagio what a horrible mistake, I never strayed again from Upton, they know there tea, and it's always fresh

As for bag vs leaf, they only sell loose leaf and that is the best way to make tea properly, allong with filtered water and correct water tempature (there kinda enough to put that on there labels at upton) (steap time and temp)

..::Edit::..
That Adagio tea brewer is JUNK, I got suckered into a "special" to get that and 4 samples, the tea was stale, and the brewer was junk and went in the trash. The reason I say it's junk leaves get under the filter and there is no way to take it apart to clean it (yuck) and not to mention it's also plastic stick to a nice tea pot or single serve mug/filter
post #8 of 24
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post #9 of 24
The only tea I like is Japanese green tea. The kind with the toasted rice.. MMmm So good.

Garrett
post #10 of 24
My Favorite is Chai also, My favorite and about the only one I buy anymore.... http://www.pacificchai.com/


Its good hot, cold, on ice, milkshakes, ect....
post #11 of 24
Yeah a good pot is worthwhile. My mom got me a Japanese wroght iron pot made in a tradition method. It has a mesh insert for loose teas. The thing only holds about 2 cups of tea (or one large cup) but weighs about 4 lbs! Keeps the tea hot for a very long time, though if you want to be picky you have to temper it with boiled water because otherwise the pot will suck 25 degrees or more out of the water temperature.

--Illah
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Illah
Keeps the tea hot for a very long time, though if you want to be picky you have to temper it with boiled water because otherwise the pot will suck 25 degrees or more out of the water temperature.

--Illah
That's always a good idea with any tea pot and cup imo, I warm the pot with boiling water, dump, I then also put boiling water in the cup till I'm ready to pour a cup of tea. It insures you will have a nice hot cup of tea.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Illah
Ten Ren has many very nice teas:

http://tenren.com/

Get some of the more expensive green teas, or the King's tea.

--Illah
I also think that Ten Ren has some of the best green tea available in US, you would have to go to the source (China, Taiwan) if you want anything significantly better.

You may also give Harvey & Sons Tea a try, particularly to their white teas.
post #14 of 24
Twinings has very good teas, and I too love their English Breakfast. Adagio is great for a lot of the more exotic teas. If you haven't tried Silver Needle White Tea, I highly recommend it. It is one of my favorites.

Aditya
post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the recommendations. I actually have some Twinings English Breakfast on stock. I will have to give the others a try.

BTW what kind of tea is the best for you?

And... Is it wrong to let the tea/tea bag seep while drinking the tea? I usually like the tea as strong as possible when using a tea bag.
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