edkrueger wrote:Order from the one that has the cheapest price on the teas you want. For the most part, A Castleton FTGFOP, for example, from one store is going to be the same as a Castleton FTGFOP from another store given that they are from the same year and harvest. Which batch it comes from makes little difference.
Each garden can have multiple lots with the same FTGFOP. Lots are sold by number. Unfortunately Joe Consumer rarely if ever has access to this information. Different lots bearing the same FTGFOP can vary greatly in flavor profile and cost.
Buying Darjeeling is too often a bit of a crap shoot and thus the vendor selected becomes most critical.