I had been drinking inexpensive tea (Lipton) for a long time but when I had my first cup of Princeton, from Mariage Freres, it opened up a whole new world. I loved that tea but over the years, my tastes have changed and began to realize tea can get really expensive, yet I'm willing to spend the extra USD, JPY, or NT. I am also into oolong tea and have been buying oolong tea from the same shop in Taipei for over 15 years.
This past year, I was drinking Spring flushes of Castleton, Margaret's Hope, and Bloomfield. All are wonderful teas. Now that all of the above have run out, I purchased Abootia, Puttabong, Happey Valley, and my favorite Namring Upper. I've had Namring Upper, Happy Valley, and Ambootia last year and they were also wonderful teas. It will be my first time for Puttabong. Other teas I like are Queen Victoria, Darjeeling Imperial, Gisselle, Mont Cameroon (has become unavailable), Nile Rouge, and some teas from Thailand. All are imported by Mariage Freres. Now that Mariage has opened up their English website, you can purchase all the teas directly from Mariage Freres in France.
As for oolong, I always purchase the Kinmokusei-Arisan cha blend and also some first flushes of the Arisan-cha. Good thing about oolong tea is you can use the same tea leaves for up to ten refills.
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