Depending on where you live, finding top quality, artisan tea to make a great tasting cup or pot of tea may be challenging.
You may be tempted to investigate the offerings of the neighborhood coffee house or a food store that offers an eclectic sampling of teas.
Yet, if high quality tea varieties are not the core of a retailer's business, you may be disappointed in the quality or taste of what is being sold. If your area has a specialty retailer or tea house, you may be more apt to find the freshness and grade you desire.
To find a good place to buy teas, ask for referrals from friends who are tea connoisseurs or from those who own specialty restaurants and may be aware of fine tea distributors in your area.
If there is no retailer in your area, check the web for online tea companies who specialize in high quality tea. Evaluate the online seller by using much of the same criteria listed below.
Buying a small amount of tea for your first purchase and evaluating its taste will enable you to see if you want to purchase more from the online seller.
Regardless of where you buy your fine, high end tea, here are some important things to consider before making a purchase.
Before you buy, ask to see the actual bulk tea and check for dry leaves that have a slight shine and pleasant appearance. There should be no stems or pieces mixed in with the leaves.
For your first purchase from any retailer, buy a small sample to make sure you are fully satisfied with its quality, grade and taste before buying larger quantities and other varieties.
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