Best places to buy Chinese tea in Vancouver/Richmond?
Any tea aficionados out there? I'm wondering about which are the best places to buy good quality, reasonably priced Chinese tea leaves. I'm looking in particular for 'iron buddha' for a gift. Thanks!
There are usually Chinese specialty shops in many Chinese malls here. I'm no expert on Chinese tea either, but aficionado can do very crazy about this stuff, so some chops cater to them (and thus can be super expensive, worth more than gold).
The more average stuff can be found in Chinese supermarkets, and very good in value.
If it is for a gift, many come in a fancy tin can, and not necessary cost a lot more (by weight that is).
I have been to a tea shop catered to aficionado because of a friend who frequents that shop. It is also taken as a hobby as well, as they collect the tea pots and old tea etc.
My mother ended up helping me purchase some in Chinatown. I'll post the name of the store when I find out.
I might check out some of the other stores for non-Chinese teas. "T" looks like they have a nice selection. I hadn't heard of Tea So Divine so maybe I can check that out too. I have been on a big tea kick lately!
My favourite place for Chinese tea is Aroma Tea House, on Granville @ 65th (I think) - not far from The Place restaurant. For a gift, I'd recommend their "Honey Fragrant Ti Kwan Yin" (Iron Buddha / Iron Goddess of Mercy).
Has anyone been to David's Tea on 4th? The selection seems interesting. I haven't made it there yet, though - I have way too much tea already!