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loose-leaf tea

I recently bought myself a little Japanese cast-iron teapot (tetsubin) with a mesh strainer. I want to brew loose-leaf tea in it. Do you know a source for good loose-leaf tea on the web? What brands do you especially like?

I especially like strong black tea that can stand up to milk, and toasted rice tea.


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Jan. 11th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Adagio is great (and they have nifty sample tins so you can try before committing too much cashwise.
Jan. 11th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Their English Breakfast doesn't just stand up to milk, it demands milk. I love it. Deep and smoky, very reminiscent of Russian teas.

Jan. 11th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big tea-drinker, but people say good things about Upton Tea

I bought some Darjeeling and some Sencha from Tea Gschwender recently:
http://www.teamerchants.com/US/en/Homepage.TG The company is based in East Frisia where people tend to drink tea with milk, so you might check out their recommendations. I used to usually drink black teas with milk, but I've been enjoying the Darjeeling straight up. I think you might want a heavier-bodied tea for milk, though.

My SO swears by the Taiwanese company Ten Ren http://www.tentea.com/
but he doesn't drink much black tea and never uses milk.
Jan. 11th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
San Francisco Herb Co. has loose tea by the pound at great prices.
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, and their Yunnan black is good and strong.

I also like Kalani Organic Coffee and Tea.
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
Goodness, that is cheap! English Breakfast, for $6.20 a pound?? Am I reading that right?

Wow, I'm going to order some from them just to see how it is. I've been buying English Breakfast at a local store for $1.20 an ounce. It's quite decent, but it's not even organic. (Not that I expect this stuff to be organic at those prices, though. Do they offer organic teas? I didn't see anything about that on the site, but then I didn't spend much time there.)
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Organic tea at SF Herb Co.
I just searched for the word "organic" on that site, and only one entry came up. And it was non-certified organic, at that. Oh, well.
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Re: Organic tea at SF Herb Co.
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
The only thing that came up when I searched on organic was a green tea.
Jan. 11th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
I don't drink tea very often (generally just not a hot-drink person), plain tea pretty much only if iced, and never with milk, so ignore anything I say here :-), but still, here is something cool I recently got.
Jan. 12th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Oh, cool gift idea!
Jan. 11th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Another Upton Vote
I *swear* by Upton Tea. In the dim past of the mid 90's, i was able to call and have them help me place an order when i didn't have a catalog handy, They referenced my previous orders and were able to suggest new teas. While the web has supplanted that now, i suspect you could send this query to them and have them suggest some teas.

Or you could go to the list of breakfast blends and select a bunch of $1 samples:

Roasted rice teas from Japan are in this section

I like that they have some organic teas. Their "we choose" shipping has always satisfied me to my Presidio and Mountain View addresses.

Jan. 11th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
I buy a lot of Ahmad Tea Company tea from online sellers. Amazon is a reliable source for it, but you can find it from other retailers sometimes at lower prices.

I usually drink their Kalami Assam tea, but that might not be as strong as you like. My daughter Amanda likes strong black tea and she likes their Ceylon OPA tea. You can find it using Google marketplace, as well as at Amazon.
Jan. 12th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
I'm fond of the genmai chai from Republic of Tea, it's their "Tea of Inquiry".

For a strong black tea that can stand up to milk, it's hard to surpass Red Rose tea. I have no idea how you'd get it other than to have a Canadian ship some to you. I'd offer you some of my stash, but I'm down to my last couple of bags.
Jan. 12th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
It appears to be sold at http://www.redrosetea.com/
Jan. 12th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
I buy from Upton Tea, too, but I mostly buy Darjeeling. I can't imagine putting milk in tea!
Jan. 12th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
I haven't tried Coy o Teas yet, but thought I should mention them. :)
Jan. 12th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
I love teas though I'm not fond of loose teas. My Yarn Angel, who is also my Tea Angel, has bought tea for me from Stash Teas. Have you checked there?
Jan. 12th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
nex0s just tried out serendipiTEA ( http://www.serendipitea.com/ ) and Lupicia ( http://www.lupiciausa.com/ ) and was raving about both of them. Enough to tempt me to order (and I do *not* need any more tea!).
Jan. 12th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Jan. 14th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
equo.com - fair-traded and organic. Their Chai Masala is amazing, delicious with milk or cream. I don't know if they have loose tea or not.
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