Chip wrote:Yet another reason to avoid cheap teabags.
That's very true. Tea leaves can easily absorb any odor or flavor. So I believe contaminated tea can be easily recognized by tasting. But the tea leaves used to make teabags are usually the bottom of the quality line and many teabag consumers don't care that much about flavor anyway. Therefore it's very possible that there is a higher chance for teabags to be contaminated than loose leaf tea. For loose leaf tea, I would assume, as long as I enjoy it, it's not contaminated
Someone told me most tea tree cultivars don't like strong fertilizer that much. If it's true, then good news. That means teas don't get as much artificial fertilizer as most other vegetables.
Getting tea from another country is simply a change but not a replacement. Even for same category of tea, for example black tea, differences between tea from different production sources are like differences between cheesecake and applepie