JRS22 wrote:Try http://www.teatrekker.com
They sell a wide variety of fine teas, most of which are available as 14 gram samples. The price of the sample varies with the price of the tea, so more than $3, but you do have enough tea for 4 to 5 sessions.
Thank you for the suggestion!
The problem I find with these sorts of webstores is that the selection is vast (both exciting and daunting), and I don't know enough about what's what to really choose a few introductory teas. Unfortunately, finances being as they are, I can't afford to grab a lot of samples when they are $5-$10 a pop.
Can you or anyone else recommend some specific types of tea to sort of start out with? I'm thinking something along the lines of 3-4 introductory teas for each country. Maybe I'm asking the impossible.
Hopefully, this mystery OTTI will help. At this point, I think curated samples are going to be the most edifying. I'm hoping that the members here can help point me in the right direction.
I don't know if this matters, but I've had a few gunpowder greens from unknown sources. I like those. I have a Dobra Tea Room nearby, and I have some of their Dian Lu Eshan which I understand is a Mao Feng. I like its delicate sweetness.
I've never had a Korean green tea unless you count restaurant stuff, and I haven't the slightest clue what they are serving.
So far I've only tried one of the Den's samples, Sencha Fuku-Midori. I liked the second infusion more than the first. It was a good tea, but I haven't developed an appreciation for bitterness/astringency yet. I prefer something sweeter, so I'm think maybe I should try Den's Sencha Extra Green with Matcha? I'm I barking up the right tree?