|English: Tea of different fermentation: From left to right: Green tea (Bancha from Japan), Yellow tea (Kekecha from China), Oolong tea (Kwai flower from China) and Black tea (Assam Sonipur Bio FOP from India) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I am sure that it will come as no surprise to anyone that I am a tea drinker. Actually I put myself closer to being a tea addict with a china hutch and a kitchen cabinet full of various teas. I have also become something of a tea snob since I get to try out all these wonderful teas for my reviews for TeaViews. I just can't go from enjoying a high quality tea to bagged teas. At the same time, I tend to drink anywhere from three to six pots of tea a day. Luckily I have found some vendors that manage to carry high quality teas without charging an arm and a leg.
One place that I tend to get a lot of my oolongs and black teas from is TeaVirve. They are based in China and Hong Kong, and all of their teas are grown in China. One thing that I appreciate is how careful they are about pesticides if the leaves aren't from an organic farm. They also have free shipping if you order $30 or more and I don't know about you but I can't seem to leave a tea shop without spending more then that.
Another one that I love is American Tea Room. They tend to be more expensive for their oolongs but if you sign up for their newsletter, you can catch some wonderful sales. And they do have some great prices on their blended blacks.
I have also joined a monthly club through Golden Moon Tea. With this club, you get a small amount of a tea that is beyond premium to enjoy each month. I was a member for a while last year and loved it. I only wish that I could specify no green tea. I don't care for it so sending me the good stuff is really a waste.
There are other vendors whose teas reside in my cabinet but those top two are the ones that I head to when I am starting to run low. I am also going to be posting some reviews on Budda's Herbs so keep an eye out for that.
Do you have favorite online tea shops that you love? Let us know about them.