Loose leaf tea
Looking for a good place in Dallas or Fort Worth to purchase loose leaf tea. Sadly, I've been drinking bagged teas and would like to expand. Any suggestions are appreciated!
It's a chain (and was recently acquired by the evil empire, Starbucks), but Teavana is a nice store that has a ton of loose leaf teas for sale and sample, as well as contraptions to help brew said tea at home. I'm enjoying a cup right now! They're in several malls around the Metroplex:
Thanks to you both! I'm going to hit the Teavana Plano location Saturday in conjunction with a Trader Joe's run for some holiday sweets. I love that Teavana has samples. Being a newbie, buying online scares me because I don't know what I like yet. Hopefully Starbucks hasn't had enough time to get their grubby little hands all over things. Happy Thanksgiving to you both!
Personally I think of Teavana as a place that doesn't understand tea, has expensive equipment, and pushed flavored teas. Not as a place I'd go to for good leaf tea.
Before I went there I would try the British Emporium in Grapevine. Not a huge selection of loose leaf, but at least I trust them.
If you don't have any luck finding something in the DFW area and are willing to order on the web, I recommend Harney & Sons. They have two brick and mortar shops in NY, but their entire catalog (which is a very impressive collection of teas) is online and they sell small sample sizes (enough for 3-4 cups of tea) of nearly all the loose teas so you can try them before committing to something to a larger amount. Their loose teas are excellent, I haven't found better.
Learn to brew loose leaf black tea Persian style.
Earl grey is my favorite. But you HAVE TO get it from a Persian store, they have the best kind. The kind from the grocery stores suck balls. Always buy loose tea leaves and never in a tea bag. Tea bags are the dust remains from handling the quality tea leaves.
Try adding a couple drops of rose water or orange blossom water in your tea. Or my favorite is to add a 4-5 saffron threads. Cardamom pods are also really good. These are all Persian ways to drink tea.
Buy a double teapot that is pretty much a smaller tea pot that is stacked on top of a bigger one. Better ones have porcelain pots on top. Add water to the bigger (bottom pot) and bring to a boil. Add a couple of teaspoons of loose tea leaves (add cardamom, rose water, ect..NOT SAFFRON!) ...ect and add it to the smaller top pot. Add the hot water to the smaller pot withe the loose tea leaves. Let the tea steep for atleast 15mins and keep the bottom pot with the water hot but not boiling. The tea leaves will settle to the bottom during this time also.
Pretty much you are making a tea concentrate. Get some small clear tea glasses and warm the by pouring some hot water in them for 30 seconds and return water. Fill 1/3 of the glass with the tea (saffron can be added now) concentrate and then fill the rest with hot water. What is great about this is you can control how strong one likes their tea. Add some sugar or honey and your set.
This is the traditional way to make Persian tea and its delicious, best tea I ever had.
Alghazaleen super ceylon earl grey tea is the best in my book. You can find it at any Persian grocery. I buy mine at Andre International Gourmet Food (Persian store).