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Direct import from Sri Lanka or India

Hi

Just reading the ebay thread earlier and it links to online tea suppliers who ship direct from China. However my favourite teas usually originate from India or Sri Lanka so does anyone here have any suggestions for companies that ship direct from these countries to the UK?

Long shot but got to ask

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yyz said

I know that there are a lot of companies that ship from Darjeeling. I haven’t ordered directly myself yet but I know of Thunderbolt tea,
Darjeeling Tea Express and Darjeeling Tea lovers. I am less familiar with companies that specialize in other regions of the subcontinent.
http://www.thunderbolttea.com/

http://shop.darjeelingtealovers.com/

http://www.teabox.com/onboarding?utm_source=dtx&utm_medium=banner&utm_term=transition&utm_campaign=onboarding ( darjeeling tea expresses creators new site)

Having written the above it appears that the concept of Teabox is to carry teas from more regions of the Indian subcontinent.

The three companies above have been reviewed here. I’m sure there are probably others as well! Many of them have high shipping fees but most have a free shipping threshold.

I second Thunderbolt Tea if you love Darjeeling.

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yyz said

Also If you happen to live near a Grocery Store catering to the Indian expat community you may be luck enough to find Lopchu Darjeeling for sale. It’s often sold in boxes and is packed directly at the plantation. There are two types of be found The flowery orange Pekoe in the blue box and the golden orange pekoe in the Pink Box. They tend to be priced quite reasonably. I can get a 250g box here for around $5.00. It can sell out quickly but I have still found it at one of the store I frequent.

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Yeah that’s actually pretty sound advice – try an Indian food shop.

We have a pretty big chinese community in Manchester so might find some decent teas in shops there.

Really love Ceylon teas though – perhaps an answer will turn up

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SFTGFOP said

As you live in the UK, I’d strongly suggest looking at Monsoon Mountains for your Ceylon teas.

http://www.teahills.co.uk/

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Strange as it sounds, have you looked at eBay? There are a few sellers that ship Ceylon tea straight from Sri Lanka. I can’t speak to the quality of the tea, but it might be worth looking in to.

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Yes, its limited. Teahills looks good.

SFTGFOP said

they are. Rebecca sources here teas from the estates directly. Shes not quite so tech savvy so I think you have to order them buy e-mail and then she sends a paypal invoice. Not sure as I always bought mine from her stall.

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