kymidwife wrote:My experience with Tea Emporium has been wonderful... excellent tea, impeccable packing, quick shipping. I've found nothing to compare with their quality, although to be fair, I have not tried Thunderbolt yet. I am reluctant to venture out to other vendors when I've only been disappointed with most others when compared with TE.
I've been enjoying single estate Darjs for 4 years now. From online vendors like Goldentips, Kho-Cha, Lochan Tea, Tea Emporium & Thunderbolt Tea.
As for quality, Tea Emporium & Thunderbolt are 100% equal. Benoy Thapa is a personal friend of mine & I can only praise 'his' teas. The Arya Diamond & Margaret's Hope Silver Moon are simply divine, if you like clonal 2nd Flush Darjs.
TE hasn't got any teas from the Arya Estate, but Thunderbolt stocks several from all the 3 flushes. If you want to order e.g. smaller quantities, I advice to order from Benoy.
Or then you can order from the Arya Estate, minimum quantity is 1 kilo, like I told before. And while they still have some, 2nd Flush Arya Ruby, I mean. I got my 2 kilos from a 25 kg invoice they 'broke'. Also, a tea friend of mine in the States ordered 1 kilo & was extremely pleased.
Usually, the 'Jewel' line teas from Arya don't go to Kolkata auctions, but are sold directly to big online vendors in Germany, Japan & USA.
The MonkDarjeelingTea company has a branch office in Stuttgart, Germany. Their sales manager Mr. Dhruv Khanna is a very cool guy & helpful also. You can contact him from their website:http://www.monkdarjeelingtea.in/location.htm
OR, via their Fabebook page:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monk-Darj ... 215?ref=ts
I have also written a review on the Arya Ruby on their wall.
Have to go now, I have 2nd Flush 2010 Castleton Moonlight waiting for me...