Your favorite tea shops?
- Peaches to Poutine Aug 28, 2011 03:50 PM
I've decided that hot tea is the way to go for the coming cold months and am looking for the most interesting and diverse places in Montreal that sell loose-leaf tea. I've already been to My Cup of Tea in Chinatown (lovely selection, extremely nice owners), Camellia Sinensis (very nice white tea from there), Kusmi, and a location of David's Teas. I am aware of the massive selection at Les Douceurs du Marche, and I haven't yet been to Amours des Thes.
But where is your favorite? And what is your favorite teas from the places you love?
I think you just listed the major ones in the city, .
I usually go to Camelia for more exotic teas (like Pu-erh teas) and to Kusmi for my day to day earl-grey (and other similar teas)
Now, I navigate between a Pu-erg (the most "ordinary" one), a Darjeeling (1st flush) and Fuding Mao Jian (green tea) all from Camillia Sinensis.
You could see what is available at Myamoto (victoria st. in Westmount) for some japanese teas; but from what I've seen they have mostly "packaged" teas..
Akhavan has a nice selection of loose, packaged black teas - Iranian, Turkish, Indian, and more. I particularly like the Jahan blends of Earl Grey, cardamom, and just plain old "tea."
I've purchased a amazing white jasmin tea from Amours du thé.
You should also try Aziatica downtown. Chinese mostly, some beautiful blooming teas. http://www.asiatica.ca/
If you're a big tea drinker then indeed try Akhavan for middle eastern teas or Marche Hawai for chinese teas. The later has a staggering collection of loose or package at very low prices. This is a good place to get the expensive gunpowder or dragon pearls tea (10$ a jar versus 15-20 anywhere else).
EDIT: I also want to add that i love STASH aromatic tea, found in most groceries. It's not loose leaf, it's not pure tea, but they make a great afternoon tea (or ice tea!). I love the anise or chai ones.
Although not a sit-down place, La Bottine aux Herbes on Saint-Denis has great selection of loose leaf herbal teas (and many used frequently for medicinal purposes). I think that they are affiliated with the Herbalist academy and the staff are very knowledgeable, if you're looking for this sort of thing as well.