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On-line shopping

Postby JudyF » Dec 6th, '10, 12:18

What's everyone's favorite on-line site for tea? I'm specifically looking for loose tea from Ceylon. Thanks!
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Re: On-line shopping

Postby kymidwife » Dec 6th, '10, 12:48

Our host, Adagio, has a very nice basic ceylon, and generally very good pricing as well.
http://www.adagio.com/black/ceylon_sonata.html?SID=4f920bfe33097f85214d30c685993a74

I've gotten loose leaf black teas from places like Upton, Harney & Sons, SpecialTeas, New Mexico Tea Company... all were fine, none were better or more affordable than Adagio. I go to specialty-type companies for certain teas like Japanese greens, first-flush Darjeeling, and certain oolongs, but I find Adagio is a great place to buy staples and explore new types of tea varietals. I highly recommend the various samplers they have... it was a great introduction to a new world of tea for me.

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Re: On-line shopping

Postby NOESIS » Dec 6th, '10, 12:54

I'd enthusiastically recommend Upton Tea. I've tried these two within the past 6 months. Both are excellent.

http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?f ... goryID=232

http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?f ... goryID=152
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Re: On-line shopping

Postby JudyF » Dec 6th, '10, 13:43

I've just placed an order here & appreciate the info. This is a gift for my finicky husband! I'll pass along all suggestions to him for future ordering. Thank you.
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Re: On-line shopping

Postby puttabong » Dec 6th, '10, 18:37

I'm just about to place an order with http://www.vithanakandeteas.com/ directly from Sri Lanka. I like their FBOPF Extra Special and cost $ 9.80 for 125g. This full body black tea is really nice without milk and sugar. It's available in my local tea shop but I save a bit on ordering directly from the factory. I was also promised the freshest tea possible straight from production :)

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Re: On-line shopping

Postby sneakers » Dec 29th, '10, 03:35

I shop at Silver Tips, in nearby Tarrytown, NY, but they also sell online at http://www.silvertipstea.com. They carry four Ceylons including my favorite Kenilworth. The owner's sister is married to the master of the Makaibari estate, so Anupa really knows her stuff.
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Re: On-line shopping

Postby sneakers » Dec 29th, '10, 03:40

puttabong wrote:I'm just about to place an order with http://www.vithanakandeteas.com/ directly from Sri Lanka. I like their FBOPF Extra Special and cost $ 9.80 for 125g. This full body black tea is really nice without milk and sugar. ...


It sounds yummy. Am I correct that 125 gm is roughly 4.5 ounces? That's very reasonable. And what would the postage be on that? Is this stronger than Kenilworth Estate?
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Re: On-line shopping

Postby puttabong » Jan 4th, '11, 16:14

sneakers wrote:
puttabong wrote:I'm just about to place an order with http://www.vithanakandeteas.com/ directly from Sri Lanka. I like their FBOPF Extra Special and cost $ 9.80 for 125g. This full body black tea is really nice without milk and sugar. ...


It sounds yummy. Am I correct that 125 gm is roughly 4.5 ounces? That's very reasonable. And what would the postage be on that? Is this stronger than Kenilworth Estate?


The tea is really yummy. I bought six boxes for $58.80 shipped in two boxes (to avoid customs and taxes here in Norway) for $8.65 per parcel. The total cost came to $76.10. Shipped from Sri Lanka on 13 December and received on 24 December.

The tea smells fresh and tastes really good. I'm not good at describing taste. Cinnamon and caramel maybe. It doesn't remind me of anything I have tried from Sri Lanka before. Maybe more like Chinese blacks. I steep it for 3 minutes on 85 degrees with a water/tea ratio 1:1. I will try to increase the amount of tea and steep for shorter time. I'm curious how gong fu will work. Give it a try!
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