While there are some tea bags in our tea cabinet, the majority is loose teas. I find that they have a far superior flavor to tea made from a teabag. We have everything from a gundpowder green tea flavored with almond slices to a rooibos with red currants and blue mallow blossoms.
Loose teas can be either single origin teas that are just purely tea leaves. Other times they are blends of various teas, flowers, fruits, or berries. Brewing tea loose in a tea pot or inside of an infuser is a great way to let the leaves expand and uncurl in the water. You want to give the essential oils a chance to impart as much flavor to the water as possible.
While I have tried some poor quality loose teas, for the most part the teas that I sampled are all very good quality. Most tea merchants choose the finest quality tea leaves.
What do you look for when choosing a tea? What are some of your favorite loose teas? It is definitely all based on personal preference. My husband has not found a rooibos tea that he likes and while I like most teas, I do not like to drink chai tea iced. We would love to know what you like and dislike.
If you are new to tea drinking or are a long time tea drinker, than chances are you are used to making tea with a tea bag. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but you are missing out on having a really great cup of tea. Loose leaf tea makes a superior cup of tea for a number of reasons.
The tea leaves inside of a tea bag are usually the leftover little pieces of tea that are too small to be used in a loose leaf tea. These bits of leaves, or fannings, do not have the same quantity of essential oils that a whole tea leaf does. These oils are what gives a cup of tea their flavor.
A typical tea bag does not allow the tea leaves the chance to unfurl and expand in the water either. Tea leaves need to be able to do that to impart flavor to the water. A tea bag just compresses the leaves together and doesn't allow for that.
It is however possible to get a great cup of tea while using a tea bag. Look for a tea bag that contains whole tea leaves. There are several companies that offer tea bags that unfold into a pyramid shape. This allows the tea leaves to unfurl and expand so that the water can swirl around them. One of my favorites is Mighty Leaf Tea. Right now Mighty Leaf is on Sale Today! Check it out. I especially love their Green Tea Tropical and Chamomile Citrus.
If you have a favorite whole tea leaf tea bag tea, please share in the comments below. We would love to check them out and add them to our tea cabinet.