Looking for good quality, tasty, bagged teas for my M-I-L

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Doulton said

I have some nice tea-bags that I can send directly to you and/or to her and that way she can decide what she might like. I have some sundry types of Numi, Harney & Sons, and Kusmi to begin with. PM me any relevant address.

I am sorry that she is feeling bad. It’s not easy being older.

Doulton, you are the sweetest! Thank you!! I’ll will check with my husband later to make sure I have her correct address and PM it to you. I did not think of Harney & Sons either. I knew they have bagged teas because our B&N serves them. The ones I’ve tried have been tasty. There is another idea for another month that I can send to her.

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I don’t drink a lot of bag tea, but I’ve been really impressed with MarketSpice teas. A friend gave me a few boxes as a gift and I’ve enjoyed them all. I was really surprised by how much I liked the Huckleberry tea.

The link below is for all of their bagged products, but for anyone else that might be interested, they sell loose leaf as well.

http://www.marketspice.com/store/category/teabag-products

Cofftea said

Ooooh Seattle!:) I get really upset when other companies sell them cuz MarketSpice IS Seattle. Ok, getting off my soap box now:) Idk if they sell it in bags, but if you like orange in your chai their MarketSpice Chai is wonderful.

Thanks Paul. Neat looking packaging too.

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VegTea said

Maybe someone suggested this already, but how about filling some T-sacs with some favorite loose teas you have?

It seems quite a few tea suppliers offer both loose tea and bags – for example, Adagio offers bags (although I haven’t tried them myself). I’ll also second the suggestion for Harney and Sons.

As far as steeping, I wouldn’t avoid greens/whites necessarily. I know my husband’s elderly grandma wouldn’t make black tea herself because she doesn’t feel safe handling boiling water, but she was interested in trying some white tea since she could steep it with hot (but not boiling) water, like the water she would normally heat for making instant coffee. Anyway, I steep my own green and white tea somewhat haphazardly, with usually good results, so I wouldn’t necessarily rule those out. But, maybe wait until you can get some feedback. If she’s a little adventurous, rooibos would be a good option that could be steeped similarly to black tea.

Thanks VegTea. I had thought about doing T-sacs. But I’ve never used them before and wasn’t sure how well they would mail (i.e. would the loose tea leak out and get all over the place).

My m-i-l is not so adventurous in her tea thus far. She has said she likes only plain black teas since my original post. Were I able to have her over for tea or make it for her, I’d have her try other kinds to see if she likes any without sending her tea she might not end up drinking. I am planning on slipping a few bags of herbal teas from my own boxes into the first shipment and I’m thinking about a box of Earl Grey in the second shipment. Then seeing how those go over before branching out further.

Cofftea said

chrine, fill the T-sacs (they’re so amazing, buy some for yourself) roll the empty part of the bag around the tea filled part so you get a little tea log, then tie it w/ a pretty ribbon, they’ll stay. This way she can try things like Japanese greens and pu erhs w/ ease cuz you do all the measuring. She just needs to measure the amount of water, steep (rinsing if needed), decant, and drink. Sometimes people have to be forced to be adventerous. That’s one of the reasons I push matcha and Pu Erh on people so hard- they’re AMAZING (at least for me) and I was scared to death to try both.

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An Update

I ended up buying an Earth Fare English Breakfast, Hampstead Teas darjeeling, and Two Leaves and a Bud assam for the first box, which I’ll ship out this week. I plan on going through my own boxed teas and including a couple of bags of some. I’ll make a comment with what I end up including from those.

VegTea said

That sounds lovely. I bet she will really appreciate the time you put into this!

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Clair2727 said

Element Tea (www.elementtea.com) has some rooibos and white teas in bags that are delicious both hot and iced. I love those to types of teas because you don’t really have to worry about overbrewing.

Cofftea said

Not worrying about over brewing? I find them to require specific time/temp parameters.

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TeaParT said

One of my sister-in-laws drinks Tazo so this clearance item caught my eye. Thought you might be interested since it a gift box assortment.

http://www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=248708

How did last months so over? I hope that she has been enjoying her new teas.

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Cofftea said

Today’s Steepster Select would be nice:)

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Ezzirah said

In a bagged tea I am fond of Republic of Tea, or Numi. I like Republic of Tea because there are times I am not looking too closely at time, water temp and stuff like that. I can throw the bag in and generally come out OK. And the flavors are not bad.

Cofftea said

ROT’s bags are suprisingly strong for their light weight.

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