Tea for the common man: good, better, best?
March 16, 2014 1:34 PM Subscribe
Tea: I'm trying to figure out which are the best supermarket brands, and what might be a good kind of tea to try.
posted by SemiSalt to Food & Drink (50 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
My grocery store sells mass market brands (Lipton, Salada, Red Rose, Tetley) in boxes of 100 tea bags for for about 5 cents a bag. They also sell Twinings and Bigelow which present as an upscale choice in small boxes for up to 20 cents per tea bag.
Q1: Are Twinings and Bigelow actually better? Of the two, which is better? Who are their peers in the tea market?
Q2: What's the next step up from all these supermarket teas, and where are they sold?
I should say I'm not looking for anything very special, or spiced, or fancy. I just want to try a better version of the ordinary. If I go into a health food store, or specialty shop, I see a host of brands and I have no way to choose between something good and dust swept up from the tea warehouse floor.
And, of course:
Q3: What do you like?