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Jan 22, 2011 03:24 PM

loose teas

Specialteas, from whom Ive bought loose tea for years is closing. Which tea resources do you suggest? I like to drink flavored black teas such as; vanilla, coconut, etc.

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  1. Hello, lucyis.
    I don't see any coconut teas, but you might find something that appeals to you at Teavana:

    This link will lead you to their tea blends, but also check out their other teas - and tea wares.
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    Teavana has several shops in many states; most of their stores are located in malls. Check here to see if any stores are near you:

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    1. re: liu

      (I'm not a "serious" tea drinker by any means, so take this rec with a grain of salt.)

      I love the Teavana mix of 1/2 Blueberry and 1/2 Lemon-Lime. It's caffeine free and so delicious.

    2. We have a local store here in Austin, Tx that blends their own 100% organic teas that I absolutely love.
      You can order them online at Definitely get their Ambrosia tea! It is a white tea with coconut and pineapple. Their coconut assam is nice too.

      Other than that, check out which is a collection of reviews for tons of teas and tea companies.

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      1. re: Lixer

        Thanks, liu and lixer. I believe that specialteas is related directly to teavana. I have a teavana shop in my town but the tea I sampled there turned me off. I checked out the teaviews site and bookmarked it for future reference. Next stop will be zhitea. that Ambrosia sounds like something I would like.
        I am not a coffee lover and I rely on a good strong, and tasty, cup of tea in the morning.

      2. I buy my loose teas from Upton Teas. I favor a black tea flavored with raspberry.

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        1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

          I'll second Upton (fun to personalize the label on your tea canisters/packets, too). Harney makes a lovely vanilla black tea. And if you like vanilla, please try their chocolate. Straight chocolate is delish, but I'm also partial to Florence (chocolate hazelnut) and chocolate mint.

          Oooh, and menage due Chamonix from Upton is another flavored black tea you should def. check out. What's cool about Upton is you can order just a sample of something to try it out before you pull the trigger on a larger amount.

          1. re: kattyeyes

            GEEZ, or Mélange de Chamonix, even, as it's properly called. Nice goin', Kat:

            1. re: kattyeyes

              Another big Upton's fan here. And my wife is Russian, so you know we take our tea seriously in this house!

            1. i order from love the quality and selection

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              1. re: thew

                I enjoy tea as well; especially their sampler tins. Great way to try an assortment and decide what you truly like before buying a larger order.