Dobra Tea in Northampton, Mass
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Nice shop with a good variety of teas and knowledgeable staff. It’s a bit pricey, probably because Northampton in general is expensive. It can get kind of busy, but that’s not a bad thing, as you can take your time looking over the different teas available.

Dragon Well Tea Shop in North Adams, MA
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Small tea shop with a few tables and a casual, friendly atmosphere. Sells the shop’s own blends of teas and tisanes, plus some regular teas, including a few more unusual varieties (shou, kukicha). The stock is updated fairly frequently. Good place for relaxing with interesting tea and conversation.

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I like trying unique teas, especially those from areas of the world not known for tea production. It’s always something of a gamble and can lead to all kinds of surprises.

While I’m usually not into flavoured or scented teas, there are definitely exceptions. Hei cha which is not pu-erh tends to be my favourite category of tea, but I like some teas of all types. Smoky, creamy, and honey-like tastes generally appeal to me the most.

Top five teas I’ve had thus far (in no particular order):

Mekong Breakfast from Rakkasan Tea Company

2015 Gao Jia Shan “Cha Duo Tang” Wild Harvested Hunan Fu Brick Tea, from Yunnan Sourcing

Asahina Gyokuro “Hon Gyokuro” from Hojo Tea

Any good Lapsang Souchong

2018 Cha Yu Lin “Liu Bu Xi Village” Tian Jian Basket Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

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Rural New England

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