I am relatively new to tea, but absolutely loving it!
By far and away my favorite tea so far is Teavana’s Monkey Picked Oolong. Now, that tea is rather expensive, and while I’m happy to pay out the nose for delicious tea, I was wondering if you folks could recommend something similar or better for the price?
I am happy to order online, and I have a Teavana, Spice and Tea Exchange, and a British independently owned tea shop nearby, so access shouldn’t be an issue.
I would also love to hear other recommendations for a newbie; what’s your “must have on hand” tea? I’m more of a earl grey, oolong, chamomile type of girl; I like flowery fruity teas, but not nearly so much as earthy ones. I’m also totally open to un-teas. Caffeine content is not a consideration.
I await your knowledgeable responses, and encourage others to use this thread for recommendations as well! :)
(Also, thanks to silentrequiem for telling me about this place! This is awesome!)
Earthy teas? I’m totally putting some pu’erh teas in the stuff I’m sending you. (Won’t be until next week, though… my weekend is taken up by multiple wedding madness.)
I recently had a fantastic Oolong by Mountain Teas, their Heritage Honey Oolong…might be better than any other green Oolong I have had before.
I would also recommend Autumn Tie Guan Yin by Verdant Tea, it is really floral while also managing to be really light!
If you want a really rich, earthy and roasted Oolong I would suggest seeking out a Shui Hsien (or water fairy) Oolong from Upton Tea Imports, their’s is delicious. Or if you are really lucky to have a local Asian Market that has Sea Dyke Brand Shui Hsien, it is super rich and slightly smokey.
Teavivre has a nice Monkey Picked oolong that’s much cheaper than Teavana’s. http://www.teavivre.com/monkey-picked-oolong-tea/
You’d probably like other medium/light roast oolongs as well. Mountain Tea Co. has some nice ones that are reasonably priced too.
Awesome, thank you! I wasn’t sure if “monkey picked oolong” was a title that would always mean a similar tea (in that chamomile citrus tea will always be chamomiley and citrusy) so I thought I’d ask first. I’ll definitely check these out!
You’re welcome :) I’ve heard different things from different places, but I think “Monkey picked” is either used to refer to a specific type of Tie Guan Yin, or used to mean “high grade”, and is usually light-medium roasted.