Tea Buying for the Tea Enthusiast

by Patti | October 22nd, 2009 | Shopping Secrets

teaTea buying can be enjoyable if you have enough know-how. Tea is a delicate subject, and you want to get it right by all means! Read on for some useful suggestions when it comes to shopping for and buying tea.

It helps if you know what to look for on the label of the tea. Authenticity is important. The FDA and the Cosmetic Act deem it necessary for a tea’s origin and authenticity to be clearly marked on the packaging. A tea that is marked Assam must be 100 percent Assam tea while an Assam blend must be approximately 51 percent tea that originates from Assam.

Knowing exactly what you want can help you to converse about tea varieties with knowledgeable staff who work at tea specialty stores. Learning what regions different tea comes from is also useful for your purposes, as is knowing whether you prefer black tea, green tea or some other kind. Do you prefer a delicate tea, a rich full bodied aroma tea or a fruity tea?

It is also good if you know whether you like a tea that combines different flavors or whether you prefer one single taste to your tea. Often knowing these things is a matter of trial and error. Experiment and find out what appeals to your taste and sense of smell and what doesn’t.

Some teas can be purchased as tea bags while others are purchased as loose leaf tea. In terms of individual servings, buying tea bags tends to be pricier than buying loose leaf tea. You are  paying for the packaging more than anything else. Be aware that the packaging on tea, as well as the ink, can have an impact on how the tea tastes.

If you do decide to buy tea bags, then it is essential that you steep the tea the same way you would if you were using a loose leaf kind of tea. If you do not know how this is done, then ask someonewho is a tea lover or else do some research over the Internet.

Good quality tea does not have to be expensive. In fact, this is a warm beverage that is not an indulgence that will break the bank. One pound of tea will allow you to make as many as 200 cups of tea for yourself and others to enjoy!

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