Please recommend a quality online Tea retailer
There are too many to mention. Goodness. Rishi, The Tea Spot, Teas Etc.,
I love the Tea Spot’s tea tins. They keep the tea much fresher.
I think the Green Teaist is still online. They have fabulous Japanese green teas. I like http://communiteaculture.us/ for Chinese green tea. I have their Cloud and Mist green tea. Very Chinese and vegetable like as opposed to the ocean flavor of the Japanese green tea, which I also like. I do hope this helps.
Give us a try… http://teavitality.com =)
Love Den’s Teas for Japanese greens, and Mandala Tea for Chinese Tea of all varieties and teawares as well. http://shopmandalatea.com/
Verdant Tea has wonderful products, but had so much trouble with their website that I was never able to resolve. Hope they redesign their site in the future.
Here’s a +1 for butiki. Lovely teas and great service.
If you like to learn about the origins of your tea you should check out Tealet (www.tealet.com) We have a bi-monthly subscription service and a bulk tea program that anyone can participate in (you have to buy at least 1 pound of tea).
I really like some of dellaterra’s (www.dellaterrateas.com) stuff. I really like desert teas and they make lots of good ones with or without caffeine.
Echoing praise for Butiki, Verdant, Teavivre, and Den’s Tea.
Den’s Tea has a fantastic, affordable introductory pack: http://www.denstea.com/bnew-to-dens-teab-c-377.html
Teavivre will send you free tea for review if you have some tasting notes already (can be for any tea, not necessarily theirs):
Verdant had a 5 teas for $5 promotion a while back, so maybe they’ll do that again at some point?
Butiki doesn’t have free/super-cheap samples, but is generally affordable and Stacy always includes free samples with your order. Also she is a genius at blends.
Teavivre, Harney and Sons, Mandala, and Upton get most of my orders! Red Leaf is great for matcha. I haven’t tried their other teas but matcha is really their specialty.
http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/ Very quick shipping and great selection
http://www.taotealeaf.com Local for me but fantastic service for shipping
http://www.yuuki-cha.com I get my Japanese teas here. FAST shipping _ they suprise me very time
http://www.yunnansourcing.com great selection of pu-er and other rare amazing teas _
Love Tao Tea Leaf. Not allowed to go to the Yunnan Sourcing site, I would get in too much trouble – amazing selection of pu’erh. Yuuki I’ve heard good things about but I’m not really into Japanese teas. That leaves Camellia Sinensis, if they made your list with those other companies, I HAD to check them out. Wow, their site looks great. I’m definitely placing an order from them. Thanks for posting this.