Looking for Tea Suggestions
I’m fairly new to tea – I’ve only really been drinking it for about a year. Because of this, I’m not very familiar with different types or blends.
I’m saving my pennies for samples, and I’m looking for suggestions. I prefer “true” teas (white, green, and black), and I’m a bit of a sucker for flavoured blacks. I love smooth flavours, and I also have a soft spot for sweet teas. :)
Hi Ashley…most companies offer sample sizes anymore. As far as pure tea goes, I really like the sample program that Chicago Tea Garden offers. Somewhere on here is a thread regarding free sample offers. I know that Teas Etc will send you three free samples, for example. Some other companies that I order from regularly that do sample sizes are The NecessiTeas, Tea Guys, American Tea Room, to name a few. You can also watch for swaps and giveaways on here. Further, if you want to follow me and email me, I can put together a sample package for you in the next few few weeks and will send it to you (you just pay for shipping). I have more tea than one human can reasonably drink.
I love Harney & Sons flavored blacks, most of which they offer in sample sizes. http://steepster.com/teas/harney-and-sons?sort=popular
Teafrog has a nice sample program too: http://www.teafrog.com/files/buildyourown.html
Herbal Infusions (whose site appears to be down at the moment http://www.herbalinfusions.ca/ ) is another place I’ve gotten good samples from.
For greens, definitely try the Den’s Tea Novice sampler – it’s free! (with $3 shipping, but they’ll give you a $3 discount on your first order over $15) http://www.denstea.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=377_386
Keep an eye on the Discussion threads here, too! Companies and individuals post offers and giveaways sometimes.
My favorite flavored black is probably earl grey creme from art of tea – they have very generous sample sizes. I also really have enjoyed the fruit flavored black teas from thepuriTea and they have a flavors sampler. Also all of adagios teas come in sample sizes, I really enjoy their caramel black tea.