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Loose tea shops

isabella.g Nov 17, 2009 12:00 PM

Does anyone know where, in Montreal, I can buy loose teas and some paper or cloth sachets. I would like to make teas as a gift and I don't necessarily want to be sewing cloth together. Also, does anyone have any ideas as far as taste combinations go?


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  1. alixium RE: isabella.g Nov 17, 2009 01:07 PM

    I would suggest at trip to Camellia Sinensis. They have a very wide array of teas to choose from, as well as very knowledgeable staff to help you out. They also sell tea accessories. La Dépense at Jean-Talon market sells many kinds of loose leaf tea, but I have not noticed if they carry the cloth you speak of.

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      The Chemist RE: alixium Nov 18, 2009 04:02 AM

      Seconded for Camellia Sinensis. I am not a huge tea fan, but with sufficient time and money, this place could change that.

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        cherylmtl RE: alixium Nov 18, 2009 07:42 AM

        Camellia Sinensis also sells boxed packages of really lovely tea assortments (each usually based around one tea-growing region), at various price points, which make wonderful gifts.

      2. TheSnowpea RE: isabella.g Nov 17, 2009 06:09 PM

        I like going to Amour des Thés for my teas. I have a few favourite teas I get regularly, including one of their lovely smoky lapsang souchongs. There's one shop on Monkland (NDG) and two others elsewhere. I believe they also have pyramidal tea bags to fill. But you might just want to purchase tins of loose leaf tea; they are quite 'giftable'.


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          Evilbanana11 RE: isabella.g Nov 17, 2009 06:22 PM

          Tea sante on Decarie.


          1. porker RE: isabella.g Nov 18, 2009 07:22 AM

            There used to be an oriental tea shop on the north side of de la Gauchetierre between Clark and St. Urbain in Chinatown.
            They did some renovations to the building but I don't know if the shop survived.
            When I was there, perhaps a year ago, they had many types of teas from relatively inexpensive to high end, everyday to special occasion teas. Also tastings and plenty of tea do-dads (pots/cups/immersion balls/decor, etc etc).

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              Plateaumaman RE: isabella.g Nov 19, 2009 05:43 AM

              Les Thés David (David's Teas) at 1207 Mont-Royal E. seems to sell sachets/filters. They mention them on their website:

              There's also a Kusmi Tea shop on St-Denis now near Roy.

              1. hala RE: isabella.g Nov 20, 2009 10:16 AM

                The noir in verdun has both, but i have not been inside that shop. I really like the teas at salon de the on st sulpice a block away from the basillica. They are more green tea/oolong centered but i found them far more knowledgeable than Camellia Sinensis. But, i should not say that as i was only at Camellia Sinensis only once and the service i got might have been a fluke.

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