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Who has wonderful TEA to order online?

lmn Apr 30, 2006 01:40 PM

I am searching for really good green teas - Chinese and Japanese - to order, probably online. Has anyone had really great experience with this?

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    Nancy Berry RE: lmn Apr 30, 2006 02:12 PM

    Imperial Tea Court in San Francisco is a great place for tea and they have a wonderful website. My brother and I have both ordered tea from these folks and the service has be great.

    Here's the link:

    Link: http://www.imperialtea.com

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      Nancy Berry RE: Nancy Berry Apr 30, 2006 02:14 PM

      THAT IS, "The service has been great."

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        lmn RE: Nancy Berry Apr 30, 2006 02:29 PM

        Thanks! I appreciate this suggestion!

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          pamd RE: lmn Apr 30, 2006 04:46 PM

          I really like mighty leaf. they have loose, or put the loose in bags. check it out. Not online, I have recently been purchasing it at Teavana.

          Link: http://www.mltea.com

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            lmn RE: pamd Apr 30, 2006 04:50 PM

            Thanks...and I like Mighty Leaf teas, also. I recently purchased several boxes at Bristol Farms, and the silk tea bags are so ... lady-like and elegant! Their tea is good, also. I especially like the Jasmine and the Tropical Green Teas.

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              Boris RE: pamd May 1, 2006 07:17 PM


              You gave the link:


              But a quick google search gives


              The two websites are different - the content is similar but not identical (different descriptions, some items are available on one but not the other).

              Any idea which is "correct"?

              O.k. so maybe I'm paranoid but I fear one is perhaps a clever fishing site.


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                pamd RE: Boris May 7, 2006 07:59 AM

                that's interesting. the one I've tried is MLtea.com because I actually got the website right off of the tea bag cover when I have it in one of my favorite restaurants. I've only tried the green.

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          AllHealthyLiving RE: Nancy Berry Nov 6, 2006 01:39 PM

          In our area, Whole Foods will sometimes carry Mighty Leaf Tea - but not all the types. We also shop at www.carolinacoffeeandteaco.com
          They have good prices and super fast shipping ! Mighty Leaf has excellent quality teas - try the Green Tea Tropical.
          Enjoy - All Healthy Living

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          Robert Lauriston RE: lmn Apr 30, 2006 02:14 PM

          There's nothing you can get online that you can't get locally, which has the big advantage that you can taste a pot before you buy in bulk. Far Leaves, Imperial Tea Court, Samovar, Teance.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 30, 2006 02:18 PM

            Oops, sorry, thought I was on the SF Bay Area board. But they're all online vendors as well:


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              lmn RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 30, 2006 02:28 PM

              Thanks...This is very helpful! I will check out these various sites that you have suggested.

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            Jef RE: lmn Apr 30, 2006 02:46 PM

            Upton. Extensive catalogue. Great website. Good prices. Fast service.
            One nice thing about Upton is that they sell, for real cheap, little sample
            packs of each of their teas, which is really useful at the high end
            so you can try out the real expensive ones without committing to
            a real expense.

            Link: http://www.uptontea.com

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              lmn RE: Jef Apr 30, 2006 03:01 PM

              Thanks, Jef...this is confirmation for me because they were first on my tea list. I have seen previous posts about them and I have been wanting to order from them. I, too, like the idea of the sample sizes because I do not like to commit to the huge quantities unless I am sure! Thanks, again!

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                JudiAU RE: lmn May 1, 2006 12:40 PM

                Someone rec'd to me on these boards a few years ago and I have been very happy with them. Fast service, excellent quality, good turnover, and low prices.

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                  lmn RE: JudiAU May 1, 2006 03:00 PM

                  Thanks, JudiAU. I have read you for a long while on these boards (I think we live and travel the same geography), so your word has a great deal of credibility with me! I will definitely try Upton...perhaps some small packets at first.

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              Just Larry RE: lmn Apr 30, 2006 03:33 PM

              teabay.com is the best I have found. I totally live on their Green Tea Powder. It is an antioxidant BOMB!

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                lmn RE: Just Larry Apr 30, 2006 04:53 PM

                Teabay is new to me, so thanks! I will check it out soon. I, too, live on green tea all day!

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                Pupster RE: lmn Apr 30, 2006 06:32 PM

                Since you are looking for high-end Chinese and Japanese green teas, let me direct you to the ItoEn website. It is a high-end Japanese tea store here in NYC. I have tasted and bought tea in the store, and they are highly professional and selective (and a little expensive).

                Also the website has good preparation and history tips, in the section called About Tea.

                Link: http://www.itoen.com/leaf/index.cfm

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                  lmn RE: Pupster Apr 30, 2006 06:43 PM

                  Yes, I do know this company. I drink their green tea from the bottle all the time, and I have seen their loose-leaf teas in packages in some of the Asian markets that I frequent in Los Angeles. However, I have never bought their loose-leaf packets, so I will search their website for these. Thanks for this info.

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                  Don Shirer RE: lmn Apr 30, 2006 08:00 PM

                  Harney & Son have many wonderful tea blends and accessories, but their green tea was one order I did not think worth repeating. Others may not agree.

                  Link: http://www.thetea.com/

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                    lmn RE: Don Shirer Apr 30, 2006 08:13 PM

                    Yes, Harney & Sons teas are quite good. I just recently ordered several small sample packs (each enough for just a couple of cups). Their service was quite attentive, and I loved trying different kinds every day. I think my favorite was their "Superfine Lung Ching." I also tried several Japanese green teas.
                    I would definitely order from them again.

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                      jon RE: Don Shirer May 1, 2006 08:19 PM

                      i love harney's teas and have actually visited their storefront in egremont, ny. they are very helpful and they'll brew you any tea you want (i even had a cupt of $110/lb sencha)!

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                      Sir Gawain RE: lmn Apr 30, 2006 09:25 PM

                      My favorites are Specialteas.com and www.uptontea.com. I prefer Chinese black teas and have been happy with purchases from both.

                      www.plymouthtea.com sold me some wonderful jasmine pearls once.

                      I am now looking at some ebay vendors from Yunnan, China, for high-volume ordering. Excellent prices and good feedback. But then I am addicted to Yunnan teas. They have both black and green by the way.

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                        Val Ann C RE: Sir Gawain Apr 30, 2006 10:06 PM

                        Please report back on how you did with the Chinese e-bay vendors. Yunnan tea is my favorite.

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                          Karl RE: Sir Gawain Apr 30, 2006 10:11 PM

                          I also have had good success with Specialteas.com

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                            lmn RE: Sir Gawain Apr 30, 2006 11:33 PM

                            I have checked out SpecialTeas and Upton, but I have not yet tried your other suggestion of Plymouth. Also, I will be sure to focus on some Yunnan teas. This is so much fun...thanks!

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                            Gary Soup RE: lmn Apr 30, 2006 11:20 PM

                            For the highest-end Chinese greens, I've had good results with these two:


                            Link: http://eatingchinese.org

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                              lmn RE: Gary Soup Apr 30, 2006 11:31 PM

                              Thanks! I will try both of your suggestions. I have not heard of either, so I am anxious to check them out.

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                                lmn RE: Gary Soup Apr 30, 2006 11:50 PM

                                These are wonderful recommendations...thanks, again! I just spent some time on both sites and I want to try everything they offer! These are the types of teas I have been looking for and I am glad to have your rave reviews before I order.

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                                  Sir Gawain RE: Gary Soup May 1, 2006 11:49 AM

                                  OK, I have to say that Todd-Holland is just about the most overpriced seller of teas there is, and they are most certainly not a top-of-the-line connoisseurs' company. Their teas are on par or in some cases inferior to what many other vendors offer, while their prices are in the realm of the amusingly aburd - $45 for a 1/4 lb of Mao Feng Keemun, which costs about $16 at Upton, same quality (yes I have tried)!!! Of course, they also offer cute little accoutrements and have a color catalog and lots and lots of tisanes and flavored teas...

                                  But those prices are simply laughable.

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                                    Sir Gawain RE: Sir Gawain May 1, 2006 11:50 AM

                                    Correction: That amount of Mao Feng would actually run closer to $12-$13 at Upton...

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                                      lmn RE: Sir Gawain May 1, 2006 02:56 PM

                                      Thanks for watching out for me! Do you think the same of Gray-Seddon (http://gray-seddon-tea.com/index.shtml) ????

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                                        Sir Gawain RE: lmn May 1, 2006 03:07 PM

                                        No, but you can do your own math :D

                                        Those prices seem much more in line with what I'd expect. I'm not familiar with the quality of their teas though.

                                        I just got the new Todd-Holland catalog in the mail last week and I got really ticked off by the astronomical prices. But hey, they must have customers. It's an old business idea: Charge three times as much as your competition and at least some people are bound to believe that you must therefore be that much better.

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                                        Gary Soup RE: Sir Gawain May 1, 2006 08:32 PM

                                        You may have an agenda here, but to say that Todd-Holland's teas are not top-of-the-line is totally ridiculous. Bill Todd himself travels to China to be involved in the bidding for the pre-Qing Ming greens instead of entrusting it to a broker (for good reason). Two years ago he came back with the third production day of Dongting Lake Biluochun and always has the earliest Longjing I'm able to find in the U.S. Can you even name another dealer who has pre-Qing Ming Long Jing and Biluochun? Good tea is good tea, and mass-market crap is mass-market crap.

                                        Link: http://eatingchinese.org

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                                          Sir Gawain RE: Gary Soup May 1, 2006 11:14 PM

                                          My "agenda" is simply not paying a ridiculous markup. I can tell you that I have had superior red Yunnan from multiple sources, including www.inpursuitoftea.com, the Imperial Tea Court and, yes, SpecialTeas. I am not saying that T-H's teas are bad and undoubtedly some are very good (green tea bothers my stomach so I don't drink it, so I can't speak to your Pi Luo Chun), but charging in excess of $20 per 1/4 lb for FRUIT FLAVORED TEAS (please! just how good do those have to be so you can infuse them with "natural plum flavor"?) is just ridiculous. Come on!

                                          By the way, do you really think that Mr. Todd is the only tea vendor in the US who goes to the tea exchange? Well, I'll let you in on a secret: He's... not. And those flavored teas are most certainly very expensive mass market crap. "Mango and marigold petals" - yum! Sounds almost as good as Celestial Seasonings ;D

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                                      Low Country Jon RE: lmn May 1, 2006 03:25 PM

                                      Try Tea Rex, a small shop in Charlotte, NC that also sells online now. Because we used to live nearby, my wife and I can attest to the high quality of just about their entire catalog of green and white teas. They also sell sample sizes and rare hand-tied teas. Plus, it's easy to call them directly and talk to one of their knowledgable employees if you have any questions. Enjoy!

                                      Link: http://store.tearex.com/

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                                        lmn RE: Low Country Jon May 1, 2006 07:25 PM

                                        Thanks! I love that you can order samples. I am afraid of commitment (!!) and I do get bored. It is nice to have several types to rotate. I will call them.

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                                        pamd RE: lmn May 7, 2006 08:03 AM

                                        I just tried a nice tea (as "iced" tea) at the Park Hyatt in Philly. I was told it was the ginger peach (they added fresh mint & topped it off with sugar water). It's by T, www.tealeaves.com out of Vancouver

                                        Link: http://www.tealeaves.com

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                                          fmailstuff RE: lmn Oct 7, 2006 07:42 PM

                                          I have had Mighty Leaf Tea - it is wonderful whole leaf tea. Since I am unable to buy it locally, I have found www.carolinacoffeeandteaco.com to provide both excellent service and very good prices.

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                                            wonderwoman RE: lmn Nov 6, 2006 02:13 PM

                                            i used to get a senche flavored with quince, but in the past couple of years it has disappeared. can't find it anywhere. it was my favorite green tea and i'd love to find it again. if anyone has any leads, please let me know.

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                                              Leonardo RE: lmn Nov 6, 2006 09:02 PM

                                              Here in Portland is a lovely tea shop called Tao of Tea. If you appreciate organic & fair trade, give them a try.

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                                                hfreer RE: lmn Feb 9, 2007 01:37 PM

                                                You can also try: www.timelessteas.com- I LOVE tea- I used to live in the Boston area where they are located and luckily I can order it online :)

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                                                  MacGuffin RE: lmn Sep 30, 2008 08:39 PM

                                                  My two favorites: Japanese--Hibiki-an in Uji; Chinese--Seven Cups in Tucson. Neither of them EVER disappoints me, both carry some of the best teas of their kind that you'll ever drink. Hibiki-an grows their own and sells direct, Seven Cups imports direct from producers in China and Taiwan (the owner's wife is a certified Chinese tea master). If you order from Seven Cups, make sure you join the free tea club beforehand; you'll get an automatic 10% discount on non-sale items every time you order and a $10 coupon for every $100 you spend.
                                                  Keep in mind that neither place is cheap; there are very few bargains to be found in high-end tea. However, remember that everything from both places is good for at least three infusions. :)
                                                  The Tao of Tea has some really cool Vietnamese green teas.

                                                  1. Chew on That RE: lmn Oct 2, 2008 03:09 PM

                                                    I really like the website: Adagio Teas. http://adagio.com

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                                                      TampaAurora RE: lmn Oct 2, 2008 05:08 PM

                                                      I purchase all of my loose leaf teas and tisanes from Kalesia Tea Lounge in Tampa, FL. The owners source the teas themselves and go on yearly buying trips. I have had nothing but success when dealing with the owners - Kim and Lan.


                                                      1. thew RE: lmn Oct 2, 2008 07:09 PM

                                                        i like www.adagio.com

                                                        1. Jasz RE: lmn Oct 2, 2008 10:23 PM

                                                          I like www.designatea.com although I can't speak to their green tea as I've only had the black and rooibos varieties. You can custom blend your flavours which is nice, they offer both loose and bagged teas and Brian's customer service can't be beat.

                                                          1. whs RE: lmn Oct 3, 2008 06:16 PM

                                                            Upton's: http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/home...

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